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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 4:16 pm | Updated: 6:46 am, Mon Sep 8, 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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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle school Principal Mike Deignan poses with students in front of the school sign that is advertising their "A" rating.

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of its Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

According to its website, the name of the school is from the Akimel O’odham language and it means, “Children of the River.”

Principal Mike Deignan said the school offers sport activities and a learning lab before school starts, which provides students time before school to seek extra help with work completion or tutoring.

“That keeps our students involved with a lot of things, between the sports and the learning lab,” Deignan said.

For more information, visit www.kyrene.org/aki.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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