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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 6:45 am

Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary • 17001 S. 34th Way

Being part of the Ahwatukee community for more than 20 years now, Kyrene de los Lagos Elementary School has been offering its students a fine sense of education.

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The school currently houses 496 students, from grades K-5.

According to the school’s principal, Ana Gomez del Castillo, what sets Lagos apart from other schools in the area is the community of parents and children they have at the school.

“It’s definitely the parent involvement,” Gomez del Castillo said. “Because it’s such a sense of community here, it’s one united community.”

Lagos is currently in the works of getting everything situated for its Fall Festival that will take place on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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