GREEK AFTERNOON SCHOOL
Over the years, the Greek Afternoon School has been providing a quality education to students from pre-kindergarten through all elementary grades, ultimately preparing them for the Comprehension Examination (Regents Examination – Checkpoint B), which assesses skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the language.
To enhance their Greek education, students are taught Greek folk songs and dances, as well as church hymns and ethnic music. Our dance teacher prepares students to perform at our annual Church Dinner Dance, as well as at our annual Church Festival. Each year we take great pride in seeing our dance groups perform at local shows and venues.
Why Should Students Learn the Greek Language?
With more than 150,000 English words of Greek origin, students learning Greek enhance their understanding of English, the New Testament, and the classics. It also helps them prepare for the SATs. Our wonderful teachers and administrators care deeply about their students and their Greek education. Since class size averages 7 to 9 students, there is ample time for discussion and learning on a one-on-one basis with the teacher.
How is the Greek Language Curriculum Designed?
The curriculum is aligned to the Checkpoint B learning standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) as described in the syllabus “Modern Languages for Communication” of the New York State Education Department. It was developed by the Institute of Modern Greek Studies of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, in collaboration and under the direction of the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (www.education.goarch.org). Thus, students will:
- Learn the Greek language, grammar, conversation skills, and culture through traditional teaching methods; through creative projects (for example, the Greek Antiquities Museum Project in 2018 and the Puppet Show in 2019); and through the e-learning platform www.ellinopoula.com, where the lessons are taught through fun games, engaging videos, and interactive activities.
- Ultimately be prepared for the Comprehension Examination (Regents Examination – Checkpoint B), which is administered annually to students in Grades 8 and above. The proficiency level of this examination is equivalent to third-year of foreign language high school courses.
What Do Students Who Graduate from Our Greek School Gain?
The Comprehensive Examination (Regents Examination – Checkpoint B) will afford:
- Students to earn three high school credits in a foreign language.
- Students who pursue studies in Greek language for more than two years to have the opportunity to earn a Regents Diploma and be awarded a Certificate of Attainment in Greek from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, upon graduating from our Greek School program.
What is the Success of Our Greek School Program?
Students who complete the 6thgrade, graduate from Greek School; graduation rates have been constant at 100%. Students who graduate from Greek School have the option of taking the Regents Examination after a year of preparatory study; passing rates for the Regents Examination have been constant at 100%.
Look at the video from a recent Greek School Graduation Ceremony on our church’s Facebook page:
All Afternoon Greek School Classes are held on Fridays from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.
ADULT GREEK CLASSES
Our church offers Adult Greek Classes that are designed as an introductory course to the modern Greek language. There are three level of classes offered: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.
All Adult Greek Classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, and 8:00 to 9:00 pm.
If you have any questions about our Greek School programs, please call Principal Evgenia Kotroni at (631) 704-2603 or the Church Office at (631) 587-1150.