Hellenic School

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Introduction

The Hellenic School is a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour.
It is well known and universally recognized that the Greek language and culture played a very important role in the world’s civilization. The arts and sciences, as well as the importance of athletics, were highly regarded by our ancestors who founded and developed them in a remarkable fashion. It is very important to embrace this exceptional heritage and make every effort to convey to our children our love for our heritage and religion.
The School is designed and guided by this fundamental belief that knowledge of the Greek language and culture preserves our heritage and strengthens our Greek American community.

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The Hellenic School offers classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays during the academic year. In addition to language development, students are introduced to Hellenic history, culture, and traditions, and to the Greek Orthodox faith. The school was established shortly after the founding of the Church of Our Saviour in 1957 and more than 2,000 students have completed the program and developed excellent knowledge of the Greek language.  Thanks to our dedicated, experienced and highly qualified teachers
For registration/enrollment applications or program information, please contact the principal of the Hellenic School, Demosthenes Triantafillou, dtrianta@aol.com, or the church office at 914-967-2838.

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We encourage all parents to give serious consideration to enrolling their children in our community’s Hellenic School. Your children will understand the importance later in their lives and they will thank you for it.

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Curriculum
Our school offers a modern curriculum that emphasizes solid development of oral and writing skills in 3 stages with emphasis in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Greek: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced (with 9 levels K thru 8)

The school for levels 1 – 8 meets every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Classes begin the second week of September and end the first week of June. Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age and First level students must be 6 years of age by December 31st of the year of registration. Kindergarten classes meet for 3 hours 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

We recently increased the hours of Greek language in levels 1 – 8 from 2 to 3 hours, so that the students have the opportunity to further develop their language skills and be exposed to the Hellenic culture. In addition, levels 5 – 8 benefit from one full hour of conversational Greek, as part of the 3 hour language exposure to improve their speaking skills. All students , except Kindergarten, also attend one hour of learning different traditional and modern Greek dances.

The school curriculum has also been enriched with student research projects related to the Greek American History, with field trips to meaningful institutions such as the Onassis Center, Columbia University, the Dr. G. Papanicolaou Library  and Science Center at the Cornell Medical School  and visits to the Greek Theater in Astoria and Greek restaurants.

This year we will initiate the program of special Greek American Guests to converse with our students as role models!

Level 8 students have the opportunity to take the Greek Language Comprehensive Examination administered by the Archdiocese every June  for  academic credit as allowed by the students school district. Graduates may also sit for the new Level A1, A2 and B1 exams of the Ellinomatheia Program, offered by the Greek government each May.

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Tuition
The tuition due in September, is as follows:
Kindergarten: $ 750.00

Grades 1-8 :
$900.00 First Child
$ 800.00 Second Child
$ 750.00 Additional Children
Adult Classes: $ 450.00 for 20 lessons( 5 months)

Email – hellenicschool@gocoos.org

Adult Greek Language
The school offers Greek Language and Greek dancing classes for adults. For more information about hours and tuition please contact the principal of the Hellenic School, Demosthenes Triantafillou, dtrianta@aol.com, or the church office at 914-967-2838.

Click here to view our Hellenic School Photo Gallery

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Principal: Demosthenes Triantafillou

Mr. Triantafillou has a unique and diversified teaching, administrative and supervisory experience. He has served for more than 30 years as a Principal of different Greek Day and afternoon schools, as an Assistant Principal at two prestigious American public schools of The Humanities High School and Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and as an instructor at L.I. University and a Researcher at Columbia University. He is a licensed N.Y. State School District Superintendent, principal and teacher. His greatest educational achievements: He was the founding and first Principal of the first Greek American High School in America, the St. Demetrios High School in Astoria ( 1973-1982), and the Founding and first Principal of the First Greek Afternoon Gymnasio with grades 7, 8 and 9 in the Ascension Church in Fairview, N.J. ( 1994-Present).

He has been a prolific writer in Greek with 34 articles in the National Herald about Greek American Schools, two poetry books in Greek, articles in Greek history and philosophy, wrote the curriculum of the Greek Philosophy and Bioethics at the Humanities High School, articles about Dr. George Papanicolaou and the first three books for Greek Kindergarten in 1979. He has a M.A. from N.Y.U., a M.Sc. from the school of Education of Fordham University in School Administration and Supervision, and has completed studies for his Ph.D. His special fields: Greek Philosophy, History and Literature. His dissertation at NYU: << The Concept of Truth from Homer to Aristotle >>, at Columbia: << The American Involvement in the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the Philhellenic Movement in the USA >>.He has been with us since September 2009 and has accomplished great changes in our school curriculum and program by increasing the Greek Language Skills hours, restructuring the curriculum with emphasis on speaking and conversation and incorporating Greek theater with Greek tragedies in the program of the Greek Letters and Three Hierarchs.. His Motto: Create something that no one else has created, teach children by example and be truthful and fair to yourself and your culture.

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