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School highlight: Inspire Kids Montessori

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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:45 pm

Tucked away in the corner of The Plaza at Mountainside in Ahwatukee, Inspire Kids Montessori has been teaching its students through Montessori curriculum to enhance their schooling experience.

The school currently houses nearly 60 students, from toddlers to 6 year olds.

Director Diana Darmawaskita said Inspire Kids Montessori began in 2011 at its originally location, and expanded the school in August 2013.

Darmawaskita said the school has received strong support from the staff and parents, which furthered the school’s success.

“We have an individualized program… there’s not a one size fits all,” she said. “Our teachers are very experienced and Montessori certified. They have a passion for working with children.”

Inspire Kids Montessori will be adding one additional class in the fall to meet the demand of incoming students.

For more information about Inspire Kids Montessori, visit www.inspirekidsmontessori.com.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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School highlight: Summit School of Ahwatukee

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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 www.summitschoolaz.org.

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

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