HCS Greek Orthodox Day School at a Glance
- A Nursery through 5th Grade co-educational Greek Orthodox Day School
- Small class size with an optimum student teacher ratio of 7:1
- Accredited by the Education Department of New York State and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
- Twenty-First Century learning enhanced with an extensive technology infrastructure / Smart Boards in every classroom and cutting edge computer lab
- A full offering of specials which includes physical education, art, music and instructional technology
- Classroom libraries enhance Balanced Literacy program / GoMath
- Modern Greek taught as a Second Language starting in Nursery
- After School Enrichment activities include HWK help, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, arts, Greek dance, chess and robotics
- Cultural Arts performances, in English and Greek, celebrate strong Greek-American roots and Orthodox faith
- Air-conditioned classrooms / Enclosed playground
Strong Hellenic Roots, American Ideals & Orthodox Faith
In the spirit of the Three Hierarchs, patron saints of teachers and students, we have prided ourselves in our Hellenic roots and our immigrant forefathers who came to this country and strengthened the American ideals of democracy, hard work and perseverance. The Greek Orthodox faith provides a moral and spiritual foundation for our children. At HCS, these three traditions are integrated into our core value that education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving our community & world better than we found it. Our young students gain an appreciation and respect for their Hellenic roots, American ideals & Orthodox faith.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” ~ Matthew 7:12
“Love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ Mark 12:31
Paideia & Filotimo
HSC’s early childhood and elementary curricula is committed to addressing the intellectual, social and emotional needs of the whole child. Through differentiated instruction and hands-on learning, our young learners are prepared for the challenges of Middle School and beyond. Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Greek Language are cornerstones to the curriculum. We adhere to the Ancient Greek tradition of Παιδεία which views education as more than learning content, but addresses character development, personal responsibility and the pursuit of excellence in body, mind and spirit. Guided by the uniquely Greek concept of and a strong faith to enlighten us, we believe that service to the community and giving back is essential to model and engage our young learners.
“Good Habits Formed at Youth, Make All the Difference.”
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~ Aristotle
Our highly qualified teachers are warm, caring mentors who guide our students to be lifelong learners. They foster the natural curiosity and intellectual growth of each child. In addition, children are encouraged to be creative problem solvers and informed decision makers. Each teacher recognizes the importance of parental communication in a child’s growth and development. They collaboratively partner with families by communicating with them on childhood development to nurture the leaders of tomorrow.
HCS supports the practice of small class size which reflects a more intimate and personalized learning environment. Students receive individualized attention, maximizing their ability to excel. On the NYSED, ELA and Math assessments, our students perform at a higher level than the top tier schools in the area. HCS offers the opportunity to delve deeper into the curriculum and move in an accelerated and enriched pace. In fact, many studies show improvement in instructional quality and academic success at small schools. It is equally beneficial from a social standpoint—fewer students in the room make class participation inescapable and less intimidating through the expert guidance of their inspirational teachers.
“I am indebted to my parents for living, but to my teacher for living well.” ~ Alexander the Great
In addition to our Greek Language & Culture Program, Art, Music, Dance, Mythology, and Physical Education are integrated into our enriched curriculum. A collaborative project-based approach gives our children an ability to explore, engage, and pursue their passions. Field trips, neighborhood walks, service projects and cultural arts performances, engage our students in experiential learning.
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~ Socrates