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School highlight: God’s Garden Preschool

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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 4:05 pm

God’s Garden Preschool has been part of the Ahwatukee community for a little over 14 years, offering its community a more “flexible” learning experience.

The school currently houses more than 145 students, with ages ranging from 2 to 5 years old, and nearly 20 instructors.

Director Beth Wilson said the school offers a “family atmosphere” for its parents and students, and allows flexibility when dealing with scheduling conflicts.

“It’s a flexible program. Every year we look at the demographics of what parents are looking for,” she said. “We offer a lot of different options from stay-and-play to enrichments. It’s very family orientated… you just walk in here and feel that.”

The school will be hosting its 14th annual Transportation Day on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., which centers as a community event for Ahwatukee and a fundraiser for the school.

For more information about God’s Garden Preschool, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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School highlight: Ambassador Academy

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Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, principal at Ambassador Academy, poses with her students at Ambassador Academy Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

Each class has no more than 15 students, which Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, Ambassador Academy’s principal, said is what sets it apart from other charter schools.

The school’s current enrollment stands at 47 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have academic excellence in teaching and learning, we have high expectations for our teachers and their practices, and we have high expectations for our students,” Reyes said. “We also focus on leadership and character development.”

Ambassador Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization is devising fundraising opportunities to raise money for the school’s playground facility.

For additional information about Ambassador Academy, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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