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School highlight: Ahwatukee Preschool

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11002 S. 48th St. Phoenix AZ

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:45 am

Ahwatukee Preschool • 11002 S. 48th St.

For more than 30 years, Mountain View Lutheran Church’s Ahwatukee Preschool has been offering the community a safe haven for children to begin their education.

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The school has an enrollment size of more than 70 preschoolers, who are given more hands-on schooling rather than technology-based learning.

Diane Fitzsimons, director, believes that their curriculum and teaching staff separate them from the herd of other preschools in the Ahwatukee area.

“It has always been a school of preparation for kindergarten,” Fitzsimons said. “The longevity of my teachers that are here are very experienced… one of my teachers have been here more than 20 years.”

For more information about Ahwatukee Preschool, visit

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A Step Ahead Preschool

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Maysa Fini, director of A Step Ahead Preschool, poses with students on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Since 1998, A Step Ahead Preschool in Ahwatukee has been teaching its students through Montessori and traditional teaching methods.

The school houses nearly 60 students from 4-week-olds to 5-year-olds.

Director Maysa Fini said the school focuses on giving its students Montessori and traditional learning experiences to help them transition into the school system.

“Almost all of our graduates end up going to a public school, and the public school is not Montessori,” she said. “For us, we have a mix of both, some Montessori and some school-readiness activities, so when they go to kindergarten, they’re ahead.”

According to the school’s website, A Step Ahead’s draws students from Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Chandler and Tempe.

For additional information about A Step Ahead Preschool, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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