Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School - Ahwatukee Foothills News: School Highlight

Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School

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13612 S. 36th St. Phoenix AZ

Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:43 pm | Updated: 5:13 pm, Thu Mar 13, 2014.

Academics have always been a fundamental aspect when speaking about a school, but community involvement also helps hold the mold together.

Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School has always had a rich-community involvement, having community events at the school on a once-a-month occurrence.

Principal Kelley Brunner finds that the school community is always willing to help with any activities surrounding the school.

“I’ve been to a lot of schools and it really makes a difference with the more involved your school community is, the stronger the school is,” Brunner said. “We probably do more community events than most schools, as a way to build that positive relationship. It requires a lot of volunteers, we have volunteers during the school day to help and support children, and I do appreciate that. They work really hard for our schools, and for our teachers and children.”

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School highlight: Summit School of Ahwatukee

Lyndsey Klein reads to children from Homeward Bound.

Throughout the years, Summit School of Ahwatukee has been assisting children with entering school with its preschool program.

Ages for the preschool program are from 30 months to 5 years old; all students must be potty trained prior to entering school.

There are four classes within the preschool, with a maximum of 18 students per classroom.

“We are a quality school, with quality coming first,” said Andrea Benkel, director of early childhood education. “Instead of a more traditional model, where there is a classroom with students and a teacher and an aide, each one of our rooms has two teachers. That allows us to high-functioning and high-quality.”

Summit School’s preschool program has been voted the top preschool in Best of Ahwatukee for six consecutive years.

According to Summit School’s website, children are given the opportunity to participate in large and small group settings.

The private-school curriculum focuses toward growth in areas such as social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science, technology, social studies and language comprehension.

Benkel said teachers add to the success at Summit School, with each of them being passionate about furthering their students’ education.

Teachers and administrators are gearing up for the first day of school, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 6.

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