The Greek Saturday School
Program is a specially designed
Greek School for Greek American
children learning Greek as a second
What is the Greek Saturday School Program?
What and where does it meet?
The Greek Saturday School
Program takes place every Saturday
morning from 9:00-12:30 at St.
Haralambos Aristotle Greek School.
What type of curriculum is
offered through the program?
most foreign language programs, the
four language skills (writing,
reading, listening, and speaking)
are an integral part of the school
curriculum; however, a great deal of
emphasis is placed on conversation.
What is the best age for my
child to begin attending Greek
experts agree that the earlier a
child is introduced to a second
language, the greater the chances
are that the child will become truly
proficient in the language.
Will learning Greek interfere
with my child’s English ability?
all! In most cases, learning another
language enhances a child’s English
Will my child become confused
learning a new alphabet?
are very careful of introducing the
alphabet and writing skills at the
appropriate stage and age.
Does the Greek Saturday School Program have grade
The program consists of five levels…Level
I, Level II, Level III, Level IV,
Level V. Within each level there
How will my child be placed?
Children are placed within
levels according to age, grade, and
proficiency. We continue to monitor
all classes and children throughout
the year. If a child advances or
needs to be placed in a different
level, we will correct this
My child is ten years old and has
never attended Greek School. Is it
too late to enroll him/her?
No. While we suggest enrolling
children at an earlier age, we have
had a number of students in this
situation. The child will be placed
in a lower level and through special
tutoring we will try to bring the
child up to the level of other
classmates his/her age.
What are the qualifications of the
teachers that teach the Greek Saturday School Program?
Our teachers are bilingual
Greek-American teachers with much
experience in American elementary
schools and a fluent command of the
How much Greek can my child learn?
It depends on a number of
factors. First, the child must have
reinforcement at home. It is
impossible to learn any foreign
language by studying it only three
hours a week. Second, the child
needs the support of the home
environment. Whereas the GSL program
aims at motivating all children, we
also need the help of the parents.
Will my children have homework?
All classes get a minimum amount
of homework as reinforcement.
However, we understand that many
children are involved in other
activities and therefore try to
limit the amount of work that is
What type of books does the Greek Saturday School Program use?
Textbooks that have been written
for Greek as a second language
What is so different about the Greek Saturday School Program?
Our philosophy: we want our
children to learn to love and
appreciate their beautiful Greek
heritage and culture. Our goal is to
make Greek learning enjoyable.
Will my child learn to Greek dance?
In addition to our language
academics all classes participate in
dance, music, Greek cooking,
religion, arts and crafts,
mythology, history, and more.
Did I hear that the Greek Saturday School goes on
Yes, this is true. Once a year
(usually in November) we try to
arrange a field trip if there is
parent interest. The trip will be
coordinated with a Greek theme such
as pottery, a museum, a Greek
At what age do the students finish
attending Greek Saturday School?
It depends. Usually around 7th
or 8th grade of American
What about computers?
This year, we are going to use
software that has introductory
lessons in language, and fun
programs and games for the children
to play. Children can practice
and have fun with what they know
with colors, food, time, everyday
objects, sentences and other
basics. Next year, we will
introduce software that will
correspond with what they are
currently using. The software,
called Asterias from Greece, is
currently being developed.