Quite impressive for writers of this magazine is the fact that each classroom of the school is named after a famous Greek woman from history, including Hypatia, Adriane, and Sappho . In fact, the nickname of the school is the “Ypatia.”
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How is HELP different from the other schools that teach Greek language and culture?
We receive many students that come from homes of Hellenes that are dissatisfied for a plethora of reasons. The most common of reasons is that they are disenchanted with the level of education that exists within the established educational part of our community in the United States. Education for us at H.E.L.P. is not only language but the culture and history that helps empower children to understand why it’s important to learn the language.
Some parents do not like the idea that there is religious instruction in learning the Greek language. Some parents who had not baptized their children were not even allowed to attend a Christian school in the community. The community that first backed the program was YSEE. This is a movement of Hellenes that believes in the virtues and traditions of our ancient ancestors. We believe that Greek culture and identity is for any Hellene that wants to indulge in it, of any religion background. This was the main reason why we kept H.E.L.P. secular.
What accounts for the school’s success to this point?
The school program is successful for no other reason then the passion and conviction to keep it going by the community and the parents of the students. I strongly believe that that is the only way to build a proper Greek school. If we are not ready to bleed and sweat for it then we do not deserve it.
What plans do you have for next year?
We are planning to expand our Greek program by offering the Greek Proficiency exam called the Certificate of Ellinomathia under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education. This is a certificate that vouches for the language proficiency in Greek by the Greek state and recognized in the academic and professional world.
Registration is currently ongoing from June 7th to June 27th for the upcoming academic year. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.