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Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:49 pm | Updated: 4:44 pm, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

Summit School of Ahwatukee • 4515 E. Muirwood Drive

Staff and teachers at Summit School of Ahwatukee take pride in fostering academic excellence and a love of learning through a liberal arts education.

The school opened in 2001 and has since grown to serve more than 340 preschool through eighth-grade students.

Summit aims to offer a low student-teacher ratio, implement cooperative learning, and integrate foreign language, science, music, art, technology, and physical education into its curriculum.

“We have a very comprehensive program,” said Head of Schools Pat O’Brien. “The most important thing is to have highly qualified teachers that build relationships with students.”

For more information, visit summitschoolaz.org.

• Compiled by Diana Martinez, reach the reporter at dmartinez@ahwatukee.com.

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School highlight: Summit School of Ahwatukee

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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 www.summitschoolaz.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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