AFM Education

Welcome to Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori

Each of our Certified Montessori Directresses have extensive teaching experience and are committed to helping your children maximize their potential, while focusing on the development of the Whole Child. Our support staff is made up of a wonderful group of caring, compassionate personnel who will help your child feel at home in our environment. Our staff have an average of 15 years teaching experience at AFM.

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Book a tour of our location. Tours are available at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

What's New at AFM?

  • We have increased the duration of all programs and extended the length of our instructional time to offer you more value for your tuition.
  • We are the pilot school for the new kindergarten specific STEAM program created by NESA and MakerFlo, at no additional cost to parents.
  • We have added a PM half-day program to better meet the changing needs of our families.

It’s no secret that the cost of childcare is going up across the country. The childcare insurance industry has increased policy costs for all centers of between 60 -100%. Our goal is to make sure AFM parents know they are getting maximum value for their tuition dollars.

What makes AFM a better value?

  • Our tuition and enrollment fees cover all supplies for your child for the whole school year, including daily snack
  • We will never ask you for school “donations” or conduct school fundraising
  • Our tuition price will not change mid-year, even if the inflation rate continues to rise
  • We are experts on a very specific period of your child’s development, and that is our entire focus; we are not trying to feed into a larger school program
  • We offer a specialized service and unique experience that is not available at a large school with several hundred students
  • Our programs are priced very competitively; FYI- our Extended Day program is priced at $6.80/hour! (AZ average is $9.00/hour)

We encourage parents to compare AFM’s programs and those offered by our competitors.

Financial Offsets Available for Kindergarten:

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

Parents have the right to choose what’s best for their family and have their education tax dollars pay for the school that meets their child’s needs. Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) make that possible. With the ESA program, the money that would pay for that student’s education in a neighborhood school follows that student to whichever school the parents choose for their child.

Institute for Better Education School Tuition Tax Credits

The Institute for Better Education (IBE) is committed to removing any financial obstacles that stand in a family’s way of providing K-12 education for their children and their unique needs. IBE accomplishes this through the Arizona private school tax credit program. This program is not income based, and AFM kindergarten students routinely have the full year’s tuition covered by these programs.

Open enrollment for new students begins February 1st, 2024.

Enrollment is wait list based. Please submit your pre-enrollment application to begin the enrollment process.


AFM’s Mission & Vision

AFM is a Montessori oriented family comprised of staff, students, parents and administrators working together to enhance each child’s social, emotional, physical and academic qualities.

We Are:

  • a small, established school
  • 7:1 student/teacher ratio
  • an American Montessori Society affiliate (AMS)
  • highly experienced, with a stable, warm and caring staff

We Offer:


  • a full curriculum including language, math, social studies, science, sensorial, practical life, social and cultural activities
  • daily, individual reading with every student
  • Spanish & Art classes as part of the regular curriculum
  • a specialized focus on this specific period of your child’s growth and development
  • a 10 month school year with optional summer sessions
  • multiple program options to best fit your needs


kayla montgomerykayla montgomery
16:20 25 Jun 24
AFM is an EXCEPTIONAL school! I worked under Mrs. Meaghan as a substitute and support staff in her primary classrooms for several months. Not only is Mrs. Meaghan a phenomenal leader, but the teachers, including support staff, are incredibly exceptional as well. All of the teachers at AFM have been working under Mrs. Meaghan for several years and are happy, as well as dedicated to the school and the children. There is so much love, care and attention that goes into the children's education and environments. It is true, that is you want your child reading daily (and young), this is the place to be! The school truly feels like a community and I loved every minute of my time here. The children are happy and peaceful, yet also challenged academically in all areas of the curriculum. You can clearly see the love of learning that the teachers have instilled in their students. It was a great opportunity to grow as an educator and individual. Do yourself a favor and schedule a tour with Mrs. Meaghan, you won't regret it!Kayla Montgomery
Dusan JovicDusan Jovic
01:47 04 Mar 24
Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori (AFM) is a wonderful school. Our 6 year-old has been there for the past 2 years, and when he tested for first grade capabilities at his (future) new school, the staff were very impressed with how capable he was in reading, writing, and arithmetic. The staff do a great job of balancing play with learning, and the overall curriculum is focused while incorporating play and social/intellectual development in all lessons. We were very pleased to have had the fortune of registering our little one here, and whole-heartedly recommend this school to families looking for a great learning environment for their children.
Saj HussSaj Huss
04:09 27 Jan 24
From the moment we enrolled our children at AFM, we were welcomed into a warm and nurturing community. The Montessori approach is truly unique, fostering an environment where children are encouraged to explore, discover, and develop at their own pace. The Montessori method's emphasis on hands-on materials and self-directed learning has had a profound impact on my children's academic and social development. One of the standout features of AFM is its dedicated and passionate staff who are almost like family. My older child is 13, yet she recalls all her AFM teachers who are thrilled to see her whenever we visit. It has provided my children with a strong foundation for academic success, a love for learning, and essential life skills. I wholeheartedly recommend it to parents seeking an exceptional educational journey for their children.
Consuelo CarrilloConsuelo Carrillo
23:03 11 Jan 24
Our child has been attending since 2020 and will be graduating in the spring. Students thrive at their own pace with great teachers in a welcoming environment. Long time staff, prompt communication (esp during 2020), effective curriculum, and total transparency are only a few things that contribute to the trust we have! The staff's care, professionalism, and commitment is even reflected in how the students treat each other. AFM is wonderful community to be a part of. We are so thankful for the impact it has had on our child's early development!
Sam GoodwinSam Goodwin
16:58 28 Dec 23
Not sure where to begin w/ AFM... Mrs. Megan sets the tone and it's a five star tone. AFM gets the children in their most impressionable age and they raise them to be amazing citizens & individuals. Mrs Armendar is amazing and so are all the teachers and staffers. Highly recommended.
Steve GangwalSteve Gangwal
19:21 20 Dec 23
Highly recommended! Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori has been one of the best choices we made for our son! The moment we stepped into this nurturing environment, we knew it was the perfect place for him. The dedicated staff radiates warmth, care, and a genuine passion for education.The Montessori approach here is nothing short of exceptional. It fosters independence, creativity, and a love for learning in every child. The classrooms are beautifully designed, inviting exploration and discovery. The hands-on learning experiences have truly ignited our child's curiosity and enthusiasm for education.The school's commitment to individualized attention is remarkable. The teachers take the time to understand each child's unique needs, allowing them to flourish at their own pace. The focus on holistic development, including social, emotional, and academic growth, is exemplary.Moreover, the strong sense of community is evident. The school encourages parental involvement and maintains transparent communication, creating a supportive environment for both children and parents.Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori is more than just a school; it's a second home where children thrive, learn, and develop lifelong skills. We couldn't be happier with our choice and highly recommend this fantastic institution to any parent seeking a top-notch educational experience for their child.
Arbi BoghozArbi Boghoz
14:13 20 Dec 23
We have been absolutely thrilled with our decision to enroll our children in the AFM Montessori. The impact on our childrens development has been nothing short of remarkable.AFM emphasis on individualized learning. Our kids loved the school from the first day, the teachers truly understand and respect each child's unique pace and learning style. The hands-on materials and activities have made education a joyous journey for my kids.Thank you AFM!
Linda AvanessianLinda Avanessian
05:05 20 Dec 23
Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori fosters independent learning, creativity, and social skills. My kids have thrived, displaying increased confidence and a genuine love for learning. The dedicated teachers and hands-on activities make this Montessori a fantastic choice for nurturing young minds. AFM has truly excelled in cultivating autonomy and critical thinking in my children. The emphasis on self-directed learning empowers them to explore and discover at their own pace. The thoughtful materials and engaging activities spark curiosity, while the encouraging environment builds strong foundations for independent thought. I appreciate the dedication to developing not just academic skills, but also the essential life skills of problem-solving and decision-making. Highly recommended for parents seeking a school that nurtures both intellect and independence.
Alejandra AmezcuaAlejandra Amezcua
16:08 28 May 23
mona shahmona shah
04:36 30 May 19
AFM is Wonderful school. Kids started going to AFM-Ahwatukee when they were 2.5 year old. Initial days were challenging because we use native language at home but as time passes my kids absolutely loved there. They pretend play teacher and very proudly be miss Maria and miss Catherine. Teachers and other staff is really caring and loving. We were very happy with school. social development, communication, celebration, extra activity and much more making AFM as parents choice.


Address: 3221 E. Chandler Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85048-7282

Telephone: (480) 759-3810


School Hours: M-F: 7am – 6pm

Message From

The Head of School

“Welcome to AFM Education! We are very excited to be your partners as you begin your child’s educational journey. Our highly qualified staff will provide an unparalleled early childhood learning experience for your child. We are committed to high academic standards while focusing on the social, emotional and physical development of the Whole Child.”

– Meaghan McClung

AFM Ahwatukee

3221 E. Chandler Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85048-7282

Telephone: (480) 759-3810


School Hours: M-F: 7am – 6pm