Keystone Montessori School in Ahwatukee welcomed students back to school this week and officially began the celebration of their 25th Anniversary. Keystone Montessori was founded in 1995 with thirteen preschool students. In 1997 the program was expanded to include elementary students. The school moved to its present location in 2000. The name Keystone Montessori was adopted to symbolize the importance of a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Just as a keystone in an archway supports the entire structure, the educational base developed at Keystone supports the child throughout his life.
The school currently serves children ages 15 months through 15 years. Classrooms include the Toddler Community (ages 15 months to 3 years), the Children's House (ages 3 to 6 years), Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9 years), Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12 years), and the Adolescent Class (ages 12 to 15 years). Keystone Montessori school is located in the Ahwatukee Foothills area of Phoenix on a beautiful five acre campus.
Head of School, Ms. Laura Hertzler, says, "Keystone Montessori strives to provide an authentic Montessori learning environment and curriculum that exceeds State of Arizona educational standards. Through hard working and dedicated Montessori educators and an incredibly supportive community, Keystone provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning that encourages individuals to reach their unique human potential. The ideal of the true founder of our program, Dr. Maria Montessori, was to educate children so as to build a better world community focused on the establishment of a lasting peace. It is our desire that the children of Keystone Montessori leave our program as life long learners. They will graduate as confident global citizens of joyful spirits who can make a difference in the future-theirs and ours!"