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Laura Wanstreet, principal for the elementary program at Horizon Community Learning Center, poses with students at Horizon on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

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Horizon Community Learning Center has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1996, offering a tight-knit schooling community to its students.

Horizon offers three distinct levels of schooling: pre-kindergarten, an elementary program with grade levels from kindergarten to sixth grade, and its secondary program with grade levels from seventh to 12th grade.

Currently, the elementary program houses 811 students and 39 teachers.

Laura Wanstreet, principal for the elementary program, said the elementary program offers a “multi-age” atmosphere where students learn in mix groups.

“Their curriculum is based on their ability, not just their grade level,” she said. “We partner very closely with the parents to create those learning plans with students.”

Wanstreet said many of the students who attend the elementary program enjoy the project-based learning, where students learn to solve real-world problems within group settings.

Parents interested in receiving more information about Horizon can attend the 2014-2015 New Families Infosession on Monday, June 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school, 16233 S. 48th St.

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• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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