We couldn’t be happier with Camelback Holistic Preschool and wish it continued past preschool! The school has been such a blessing to us, as we moved to Phoenix (from Oklahoma City) at the end of December 2017. We were hoping to find a nurturing school home for our daughter and truly wanted a place that focused both on academics and a holistic, hands-on learning approach. In addition, my mom has been a preschool director for over 30-years and has set the educational bar high, so we knew the questions to ask when looking for a new school.
Upon our first tour, my daughter and I knew this was the right spot for her Spring semester. The class sizes are small, and the teachers are extremely nurturing; Emma Fominaya is an excellent director and teacher, and she truly prepares the kids for Kindergarten and beyond. Both Emma & her husband, Terence, have poured their hearts, time, and hard work into building a school of high integrity.
Their food program is excellent, as they serve fresh, organic breakfasts and lunches to the kids. They also incorporate the outside garden into the meals and include planting days with the preschool families. We have had many opportunities to become a part of a supportive school community, and we have enjoyed getting to know the Fominayas and other preschool parents.
The before and after care is also extremely helpful, our daughter always insists on staying until 6:00pm–she absolutely loves her time at school and her teachers. The schedule also goes year-round and doesn’t follow breaks, which is helpful/important for working parents. We also enjoy the consistency and the flexibility to map out attendance days, as we do a M/W/F schedule.
Overall, this school is worth every penny and an amazing place; we are so thankful we found Camelback Holistic…now if we can just talk them into offering Kindergarten, we never want to leave!