Learn what parents think about Summit School of Ahwatukee !


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Summit School has to be seen to be believed. It’s a veritable educational utopia comprised of passionate educators, engaged students, and a supportive community of parents. At Summit, you’ll find innovation without gimmicks. The atmosphere is very warm and positive as a school environment should be. If you’re able to send your child to Summit, you’ll be glad you did. Posted to Google after a parent tour, June, 2016

Summit School of Ahwatukee is unlike any school we have ever seen! When we started looking for a preschool for our daughter, all we knew for sure is that we wanted to send her to a welcoming, loving environment with a strong emphasis on learning and challenging her to succeed. The Summit School of Ahwatukee far surpassed all of our expectations and opened our eyes to incredible programs that we didn’t even know we were looking for!! We are continually blown away by the staff, teachers, parents, and students!! We feel so incredibly blessed to have our daughter attend Summit and can’t wait until our youngest daughter is old enough to join the program!! Thank you so much Summit for being our dream school!!! 🙂  Posted to Great Schools by Parent of a Preschooler,  January, 2016

Summit gave me a safe space to learn and grow into the person I am now. I first latched onto the idea of living in New York and working in the Arts while I was at Summit and I don’t know if I would have actually made it to NYC without the support of Summit’s amazing teachers, who gave me the confidence in my academics and my ambitions that I needed to make it happen. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for their trust, their guidance, and their friendship! After Summit I went on to Xavier College Preparatory High School and American University in Washington, DC. I’m now living in New York, working at a non-profit theatre company that produces work on and off-Broadway. Posted by a Summit Graduate, class of 2006, posted to Google December 2015

The amount of individual attention students receive is amazing. All teachers know all students as a whole person, not just a side that they show in a particular subject area. Middle school teachers are very aware of where each student is in terms of their academic achievement and readiness and willing to spend working with them during break or before/after school to ensure that students are appropriately challenged. It is our 7th year at Summit and I am confident that our daughter is receiving education that no other school in the area offers.We are extremely impressed and overjoyed with Summit School of Ahwatukee! Posted to Google, by a Middle school parent, November, 2015

Our daughters have been at Summit for 6 years and they have thrived. The teachers are not only great at engaging the kids and helping them learn things for themselves, but they genuinely care about their students. The academics are great, but what really sets Summit apart are the intangibles the kids learn everyday that will serve them well wherever they land: how to communicate in multiple different mediums to a variety of audiences, how to collaborate to create a variety of projects and products and solve problems, and how to conduct research and think critically. All in elementary school. Posted to YELP by a parent, May 2016

What our son has learned in just a short month is proof in the pudding as to how stellar their curriculum is. Last year my son went to Kyrene Public School and would continually tell me how bored he was every week with school. When my son started this year at Summit School of Ahwatukee he said “Daddy, I love my new school and I’m not bored’.

When you are here, you feel like this school is truly part of your family. I was also impressed with the lower number of students to teacher ratio in the classes at Summit. I also like the philosophy at Summit that there is no ceiling towards learning for each student which enables the students to achieve anything they want to which you will be hard pressed to witness at Kyrene Elementary Public School. I also enjoy seeing the respect that each student has for each other at Summit which is refreshing to see. You can physically feel the joy of students, teachers, and parents. This truly is a gift to my child and will set him up for future success.  Posted to Great Schools by a parent of a elementary student, October 26, 2013

Our daughter started at Summit in K and she is now in Middle School. Each level (pre-school, elementary, middle) offers unique and strong learning opportunities for children, although they all benefit from small class sizes, excellent and committed teachers, and all the things other reviewers have mentioned. I have been quite impressed and excited about what middle school offers. In each subject area, teachers seem to know exactly where students are and tailor instruction to meet their needs. And there are so many things outside the subject areas–middle school meetings, various leadership opportunities, study and life skills–that are integrated into the core curriculum. It amazes me how well rounded Summit education is. Submitted to YELP, by a parent, September 2015

My children have been at Summit for a year now. We came from a highly rated public school in the valley and have really enjoyed all of the differences Summit has provided. My kids have become better problem solvers, public speakers and writers this year. There is a lot of focused learning at Summit. I help with second grade math once a week and am amazed at the different approaches the teachers have here. The children are really challenged to take a risk with their learning by answering questions and explaining their reasoning to their classmates. Morning meeting are held twice a week and provide the children opportunity to get on the stage and explain their work to their peers. The teachers here really do care about each child and are more than willing to meet at any time to discuss concerns. It’s nice that the kids also have a chance to experience all of the specials that Summit offers including music, art, PE, Spanish, technology and science lab. Overall, we are very happy with our decision to send our kids to Summit. Posted to Great Schools by a parent, May 7, 2013


Summit School of Ahwatukee is a great school. We have 3 kids at the school, 1 in middle school and 2 in elementary. We have been a part of the Summit community and family for 2 years now. I call it a community and family because it is just that… from the students and their parents, to the teachers, to the staff. Summit really brings out the best in it’s students. The challenge the kids to do their best, to be creative and to enjoy the learning experience. Our kids transferred from public schools and we have seen them grow tremendously in their academics, the attitudes towards school and in their character qualities. We would highly recommend Summit School of Ahwatukee for any family that is looking for an inspiring culture that has great teachers and a welcoming and inclusive student body. It has been the best investment that our family has and could have made for our kids and for their future success.
—Posted to Great Schools by a parent, May 7, 2013


My wife and I are both educators and we both know a quality educational institution when we see one. Summit School of Ahwatukee has exceeded all of our expectations and we firmly believe that it is the finest educational institution in the state. From teachers who truly get to know our children and offer an individualized and student-centered curriculum, to an environment of safety and support, we truly appreciate every part of the Summit educational experience. I am familiar with the research on brain development and during these critical, formative years, we are extremely fortunate to have our sons in an education environment that encourages their curiosity and creativity. We are grateful to Summit for helping pave the way to a bright future for our children. Summit School is an educational haven and an island of individualized education in a sea of standardization. Our sons come home from school each day energized and enthusiastic and that is truly a gift.
Posted to Great Schools by a parent, April 10, 2013


The search for the perfect school was a difficult and arduous process. I looked at 10 different schools in the area, all of which were good but not great. Each school presented itself with its own distinguishing characteristics but fell short in providing the perfect combination of academic excellence and character building. Summit exceeds my expectations in every regard. The academics are outstanding and are presented to the kids in a way that is engaging and inspires a lifelong love of learning. The staff is excellent, from the administration, to the teachers and even the cleaning staff. The parent/family community is incredibly supportive and feels more like an extended family than people we simply know because they attend the same school as our kids. We have a child in kindergarten and preschool and are so happy we found the perfect place for them to grow, thrive, be happy and excel. Posted to Great Schools by a parent, March 19, 2013


Our daughter just completed her third year at Summit School of Ahwatukee, after transferring from another school. She is absolutely thriving. She is excited about telling me about her day when she jumps in the car at pick up. She blows kisses at the school when we drive by. She is deeply engaged in her homework and project assignments – many of which require her focus, creativity and humor. She has been getting straight A’s along with several A+’s since she began attending Summit . As one of her teachers noted, she is one of the most driven students she has ever worked with. Our daughter is now in an environment that is able to foster her intelligence, creativity and drive. During her time at Summit our daughter has regained her confidence, her excitement toward learning, and her drive to excel. Summit has given us back our child. Posted to Great Schools, by a parent of a middle school student, December 2012


Three boys who have learned self responsibility for their own education. Two boys tried elsewhere and admit they do much better academically at Summit. Teachers are personable and know each child! Students learn how to communicate with teachers to ensure success! Small class sizes are key! LOVE SUMMIT! Posted to Facebook by a parent, March 2016

Posted September 6, 2012

This special learning community is a rare find in schools today. The supportive “family” atmosphere is wonderful for our children, and every day they are challenged to do their very best. Small class sizes, excellent teachers, special classes, and emphasis on developing citizens of high character are just a few of the things that make this a top-notch school!
Posted to Great Schools, by a parent, September 2012


Posted April 24, 2012

As a former Kindergarten teacher and now a Full-Time faculty and Administrator in Higher Education, I was very “picky” in looking for a school to send my children to. From the moment I toured Summit School, I was impressed. The classrooms are rich with resources; the teachers are caring and committed to educating the students. Our oldest son attended preschool this year and we have been amazed by all of the wonderful things he has learned and experienced. Next year, he will be attending Kindergarten and we are so excited for his experience at Summit to continue, as well as our second son’s experience at Preschool to begin. I highly recommend Summit School to anyone looking for an all around quality education plus so much more!
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Posted April 23, 2012

Having worked for the last 10 years in Arizona as a teacher, I feel that I can fairly judge the merits of an educational program and I feel Summit is top notch. We have been nothing but impressed by Summit’s small student-to-teacher ratio, the genuine caring and support of the teachers, and an academic program that challenges children to learn new things while still building their self-esteem. Our son has grown in leaps and bounds this year and the great program at Summit is a huge part of that growth. My wife and I genuinely believe that an investment in the education of children will pay dividends throughout their lives which is why I am pleased to give my highest possible recommendation on behalf of the school.
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Posted April 21, 2012

This is my daughter s first year at Summit after moving her from an excelling public school. I chose Summit as they have a reputation for providing an outstanding education through individualized education, small class sizes, and an incredible amount of specials. What I wasn’t expecting was the dedication of the teachers, families, and administration, in making each child’s school experience an incredible one. This involvement produces an environment that is encouraging, safe, and allows the students to be themselves and confidently meet any challenge. I am so grateful to have found Summit for what it is providing and will provide for my daughter.
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Posted April 20, 2012

Field trips are one of the many, many things I love about Summit. That teachers have the freedom to follow their amazing instincts and create all kinds of outings for our children is very special. I had no idea in joining the Summit community how much a part of school life field trips could be. From Pali Mountain to Starbucks, from pen pal visits to Washington DC they are a wonderful way for the kids to grow and expand their in-class education and social skills.
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Posted April 13, 2012

My children started in Toddler Discoveries and are now in Kindergarten and preschool, respectively. The teachers are supportive, encouraging, and challenge the children to do their best. My children have really flourished at Summit and are very happy there. The Summit community is very caring and involved with all the children’s academics. It is a fantastic school.
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Posted February 9, 2012

My two younger children have been at Summit for two and a half years, and I regret that my oldest child never had the opportunity. What a great school! The Elementary curriculum provides students with a rock solid foundation in an innovative, challenging, yet, fun environment. The Middle School, then builds upon that foundation to create lifelong learners who are well prepared for High School, College and beyond. The Teachers and Administrators are exceptional! They are invested in the students and the Summit community. My children feel respected, valued and truly cared about.
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Posted January 6, 2012

We joined the Summit School community in the fall of 2009, in the preschool. The school truly is more than just a school – it is a community of like minded families who believe in both the value and power of education, as well as the importance of imparting strong positive messages for children in an environment that emphasizes personal responsibility and personal best achievement. We strongly feel that the education that the children receive is exceptional and unparalleled in our community. The school has set up a system to work to individualize education, as much as possible, and provide each child with the unique teaching emphasis that the child needs. Although we feel that the environment is more important than the results, we also feel that our daughter is achieving unexpected accomplishments in all areas of her basic and creative education. We are regularly astonished at how much she already knows, analyzes, and questions, at her early age. We cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful school and community.
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Posted October 26, 2011

Two of my children graduated from Summit School of Ahwatukee. What a gift it was to them. They were so prepared for high school, and are excelling in honors level courses. Beyond the academics, which are remarkable, they graduated with a strong sense of self, confidence in themselves and their abilities, and respect for themselves and others. Teachers care so much for the students and they were instrumental in my children’s emotional growth and confidence. Thank you Summit.
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Posted June 23, 2011

Our child just finished her 2nd year at Summit. We have been very happy with the experience. Teachers are dedicated and happy, and really care about the well-being and learning of children. The class size is small enough that each student gets individualized and tailored instruction. Our child is supported and challenged appropriately in all subject areas. We look forward to many more years at Summit.
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Posted June 19, 2011

I love Summit! I have 2 children who attend the school, my oldest has been there for 9 yrs. As many other parents have attested, I feel blessed to have my children go to school there. I can’t say enough good things about Summit. The strong teaching staff is a big part of Summit’s succes. The small classroom size allows my children to get the attention they need and gives the teachers the opportunity to really get to know each child. The academics are strong and give a great foundation to prepare students to go to the high school of their choice. In a time when so many schools have had to cut back on the arts, PE and 2nd language, Summit continues to put a strong emphasis on these areas. My children are excited to go to school every day and love their school. The school community is close knit which makes it comfortable for my kids to socialize with their classmates. Summit truly is a great place to educate/develop your child!
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Posted April 27, 2011

Our children have attended Summit School for five years. We feel very fortunate to have found such a wonderful school for our children. Our children are challenged academically and receive individualized attention. Summit has nurtured intellectual curiosity and a love of learning in them. Science education occurs in a lab beginning in kindergarten. Students receive quality music, PE, Spanish, and technology instruction, along with the core academic areas. The art education program is incredible and just won a national award. The teachers are talented and dedicated professionals. My children have made wonderful friends. Perhaps most important is that my children love going to school. They feel safe and cared for and fight me when I tell them they need to stay home sick. Summit School is a gift.
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Posted November 9, 2010

This is our first year at Summit. We feel very fortunate to belong to a school where each family and faculty member is genuinely engaged in the well-being of each child. Each morning our child is eager to go school and learn. We owe that to the phenomenal attention that Summit gives to our child every day. We are grateful that our child can blossom both academically and socially in a small sized class. It truly is a “home away from home.”
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Posted October 21, 2010

My child attended another private school in the area for six years. I began to get concerned over the level of academic focus and looked at the local public school and Summit. After only a quarter at Summit, my child has blossomed academically. No early release, year round Spanish multiple days a week, both language arts and literature and six sessions of math per week – all lend to a strong focus on education. Did I mention the excellent faculty? Choosing Summit was one of the best decisions I could have made for my child’s education.
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Posted August 26, 2010

Summit has been an outstanding educational experience for my children from preschool to 8th grade. The small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios allow the instructors to know your child and his or her learning style on a very personal level. The curriculum is challenging, is theme-based and focuses on the whole child. The art, music and technology programs are unmatched. There is a very strong sense of community, and Summit families are deeply committed to their children’s education. The school leadership continually evaluates the effectiveness of its programs and implements improvements based on the feedback of its parents and teachers. Overall an excellent school and a nurturing environment.
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Posted June 21, 2010

At Summit our two children are loved by their teachers. This has allowed them to thrive academically and socially. They have been challenged in the various curriculum areas which they have been exposed to. We have seen them bloom in many aspects. We feel that Summit is not only a school, but a community of families who all want the best for their children. You can see this in the amazing number of parents that are involved, whether in classroom volunteering, or in activities planned for students and their families. Summit is full of wonderful teachers who are talented and work hard to bring the best in all students. We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful community!
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Posted June 18, 2010

We love this school! Where else can you find teachers that truly care about every child on campus, promote strong character, and foster leadership skills on a daily basis all while teaching a rigorous academic curriculum? This school also goes above and beyond in communicating with parents and including them in their child’s success. Summit is the place you want your child to be!
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Posted June 17, 2010

Summit is awesome! I am so thankful my kids were there from preschool through 8th grade. It is an environment that allows kids to be who they really are. The teaching staff is exceptional with very little turnover. I especially thank God my kids were there through middle school. I believe it is Summit’s reputation that helped get my kids into Xavier/Brophy. It’s been exciting seeing the school grow and improve over each of the past 10 years. If you’re looking for a superior education in a nurturing, personal environment, Summit is a no brainer. It’s worth every penny and a tremendous gift to your child.
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Posted May 13, 2010

We have found the middle school at Summit to be exceptional. The school is small enough for the teachers to get to know each student and adapt to their learning/social style. We are amazed at the time and commitment that these teachers give towards each child. The middle school prepares the students for great success in high school. It is a very friendly school and the parent involvement shows the dedication and appreciation we all have towards the teachers. Having had one child that went through middle school and one that is in now, I can recommend the school to anyone that is looking for a wonderful middle school experience.
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Posted May 6, 2010

We love all the teachers at this preschool! Both of my children attended this preschool and have loved the teachers and staff. My husband and I feel confident they are in the best care possible at Summit. The teachers have been there for me when I felt insecure about my parenting and have helped me with valuable tools. I feel as though we are part of a family at Summit. I highly recommend this school. We love it!!!
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Posted May 4, 2010

Loving, Caring and most respectful teachers and staff anywhere! I have a preschooler in school here and we absolutely love it! In just 8 months we truly are part of the Summit family. The teachers are so caring and respectful. They are brilliant in the way they teach the students. Where else would a 4 yr old learn about empathy and integrity – all the way from the principal down! They are exposed to many areas of learning – the ‘specials’ teachers are wonderful – music, Spanish, TumbleTown and an incredible art program. I can’t wait for my other two children to experience Summit! I love the open door policy. I can pop in and say hi anytime I want. My son is always engaged in something interesting! Did you know the 3 parts of an insect are Head, Thorax, & Abdomen? He learned this the first month there! Amazing place!
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Posted May 4, 2010

I have three children who attend Summit. We have been there for over 6 years and have loved every minute of it. My oldest started in the Preschool and this is why we have stayed at Summit. Our Preschool experience was one that cannot be surpassed. Summit School of Ahwatukee Preschool gave my children the foundation needed to succeed in elementary school. They learned at an advanced level, were nurtured and loved by their teachers and were given the wonderful learning opportunities that children deserve. How special it was to see my children ‘happily running’ into the preschool to be greeted by the open arms of the preschool director and her staff! My children are now in the elementary setting and are incredibly successful because of the foundation the Preschool provided them. I have never questioned my choice to send them to Summit!
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Posted May 1, 2010

Great preschool and K-8! Our kids have thrived in the preschool and elementary grades. Summit offers a creative curriculum in preschool which allows the kids to pursue their interests while developing skills. The program integrates play time and kindergarten readiness seamlessly. Our kids learned early reading skills, writing, and early math skills through hands on activities. They spent time building, talking about what they built, and writing about it. When a class was interested in a certain topic such as space, oceans, or animals, the teachers planned activities to allow students to learn more about the topic. The art program is amazing. Our older child was able to read simple words when entering kindergarten and quickly started reading chapter books about halfway through the year. The progression from learning to read to reading to learn was quick. Parent involvement has built a strong sense of community among Summit families and faculty.
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Posted May 1, 2010

We have two children who attend Summit. As parents we couldn’t be happier about the academic and social experience they’ve received. They love going to school every day where they are greeted by warm, caring and exceptional teachers. The specials classes stimulate their curiosity and give them a variety of ways to express their creativity. The school is truly a community of students, parents, and teachers working together to create the best education possible.
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Posted February 24, 2009

Summit’s teachers and entire staff have helped extend the love for learning in my daughter! The teachers love teaching, and the students love learning! I could not choose a specific teacher, I love them all! We switched schools the day after my daughter did her trial day! My daughter fit in on day 1 as if she had been there forever! The low ratios are unmatched in Ahwatukee! Mrs. Klein is incredible for K, and Mrs. Angelakis the literacy teacher is fabulous. My daughter loves ALL of her teachers. The ongoing versatility she receives in art, music, science, and technology along with the personalized intensive level of reading, math, and creative writing instruction makes Summit have the full package! The parent involvement and volunteering is incredible. Principal O’Brien is caring, listens and is very active daily at the school! Kathy Konrad gave us an incredible welcome and truthful representation!
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Posted October 19, 2008

I love this school! I don’t think there is anything comparable in the east valley/Ahwatukee area. The academic curriculum is outstanding–challenging, interesting and dynamic. The classes are small. The staff and teachers are highly qualified, experience and receptive. While the students perform amazingly well on standardized tests, the education and opportunities for students goes far beyond those tests in developing engaged learners and thinkers!
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Posted October 14, 2008

We have been a part of the Summit community for 5 years. We have three children at Summit and I feel like I found a little piece of heaven. My children are socially well adjusted, academically challenged and creatively inspired. Our specials programs include Spanish that is culturally stimulating, Science that is engaging and an Art program that is incredible! The student/teacher ratio is exceptionally low and the staff is second to none. We have some of the most caring and inspirational teachers that make my children want to learn. One of the most important aspects is the community itself. There are caring individuals that are involved and concerned about the education that their children are receiving. When you have teachers that love your children and parents that care, you have a combination that can’t be beat!
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Posted September 27, 2008

My family has been part of the Summit School of Ahwatukee since 2000-2001. My oldest son started Summit School as a preschooler. From the first day walking into Summit School, even as preschool parents, I knew we found the school for our children through middle school. It was a delight to know that our children could start as preschoolers and graduate as well rounded eight graders. Both of our boys attend Summit School and love it. The community of staff, teachers and parents is the best in all of Arizona. The academic programs are rigorous and well rounded. If you are looking for a school that will prepare your children for high school and college success, Summit School is the school for you. The science and art programs of Summit School equal that of the local high schools. Summit School of Ahwatukee builds academic excellence and lifetime success.
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Posted September 12, 2008

When it was time for Kindergarten we read reviews on the Greatschools website and we visited over 10 private schools in Phoenix (from Rancho Solano, PCDS, Tesseract, et al.). Summit stole the show. Two things got our attention. The kids were happy and the parents were visibly involved. The mood of the school was night and day from some of the others that we visited. Summit is governed by a non-profit board that consists entirely of parents and staff (quite a few staff has their own kids attending Summit as well).  Parents are invited to volunteer within the classrooms. Our son is now in 2nd grade and fits in comfortable with his peers and feels love and respect from his teachers. Exactly the outcome we were looking for. If you are considering private, take a tour and you will see the difference immediately.
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Posted September 12, 2008

The Arizona Republic reported that Summit is one of the top schools in the state for AIMS testing, Arizona state standards tests. The advanced curriculum is supported by very low student teacher ratios. A master’s degree reading specialist works in every class Kindergarten  3rd, along with the two classroom teachers, providing reading groups of 3 – 5 students with one teacher. Preschool through 8th grade have full curriculums, including art classes based on architecture and design principals, music – instrumentation, vocals & theory and a full Spanish language classes.
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