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Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 6:45 am | Updated: 10:08 am, Wed Feb 19, 2014.

Being part of the Kyrene School District since 1999, Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School offers a schooling community housed by a veteran staff.

Enrollment size currently stands at 495 students, which includes its preschool level.

Principal Michael Lamp is entering his second year as the school’s leader and one of his goals for the school is to continue increasing enrollment.

Lamp feels what sets Estrella apart from other schools in the district is the amount of teacher experience.

“On average, we have 16 years of teacher experience. We have a very veteran staff… It’s a staff that comes here and wants to stay here. They are not looking for greener pastures; they are not looking for a better gig,” Lamp said. “They know they have a place here where it’s a very calm environment, where they have parent support and have kids who come prepared to learn.”

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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.

For additional information about Summit School, visit

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