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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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Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School

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Brian Gibson, principal at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, poses with students at Lomas on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Kyrene de las Lomas is one of the 12 Kyrene schools in the Ahwatukee area that has been educating its students for many years.

Currently, enrollment at Lomas stands at 744 students from grades preschool through fifth grade.

Principal Brian Gibson said the new school year would bring opportunities for new staff members to be immersed within Lomas’ community.

“We already have a seasoned staff, and we’ve been working on new programs,” he said.

Gibson, who’s starting up his sixth year as principal, said Lomas’ diverse population was what set the school apart from other schools around the district and was a great representation of different communities.

Recently, Lomas earned a “B” grade for the 2013-14 school year from the Arizona Department of Education.

For more information about Lomas and the school’s enrollment, visit

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