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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 4:16 pm | Updated: 9:02 am, Tue Feb 11, 2014.

Keystone Montessori • 1025 E. Liberty Lane

Holding fast to the vision that children are the path to peace, Keystone Montessori in Ahwatukee strives to offer students a foundation of lifelong learning.

Functioning as a charter school from first grade and up, Keystone teaches the Montessori program to its 300 students up to ninth grade. The school also has a program from young children starting at 18 months old.

Since opening in 1995, the school offers Spanish, music and art programs for its elementary and adolescent program.

“They also go on class trips at the end of the year, which includes going out of the country for the adolescents,” said admissions coordinator Laura Hertzler.

Keystone aims to graduate students who are confident, global citizens with its environment of nurturing independence, creativity, confidence and tolerance while developing a sense of responsibility for self and community based on the principles and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, according to Hertzler.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

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

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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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