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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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A Step Ahead Preschool

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Maysa Fini, director of A Step Ahead Preschool, poses with students on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Since 1998, A Step Ahead Preschool in Ahwatukee has been teaching its students through Montessori and traditional teaching methods.

The school houses nearly 60 students from 4-week-olds to 5-year-olds.

Director Maysa Fini said the school focuses on giving its students Montessori and traditional learning experiences to help them transition into the school system.

“Almost all of our graduates end up going to a public school, and the public school is not Montessori,” she said. “For us, we have a mix of both, some Montessori and some school-readiness activities, so when they go to kindergarten, they’re ahead.”

According to the school’s website, A Step Ahead’s draws students from Ahwatukee, Maricopa, Chandler and Tempe.

For additional information about A Step Ahead Preschool, visit www.astepaheadpreschool.com.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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