"The best way to make children good
is to make them happy."
— Oscar Wilde
Welcome to St. Gregory Alfred & Marguerite Hovsepian School. Our preschool to 8th grade bilingual institution prides itself in nurturing the young to achieve their optimum potential as learners. We do not take the word "nurture" lightly. We believe learners excel—emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually—in a community that promotes safety.
Although we provide our students with the most progressive textbooks with ample enrichment opportunities, our knowledgeable and experienced teachers engage our students by venturing beyond the grade-level standards. We are in the profession of cultivating conscientious scholars, critical thinkers, creative visionaries, environmentalists, appreciators of the arts, and most importantly, confident Armenian-American Christians.
Additionally, we have ventured to embrace the virtues beyond the core curriculum subjects such as Choir, Computer Sciences, Dance, Drama, Gardening, Poetry, and the Visual Arts. Our gardening program, particularly, has enticed the school community to reuse, reduce and recycle. Finally, the after school sports programs have enthused K-8 students to join the basketball and volleyball teams. Recently, we added chess (as a mental sport) in our after school activities.
I urge you to visit our school and experience the cozy atmosphere firsthand. As an adult, the child in you will have difficulty walking away from this inviting environment.
Principal Shahé Mankerian
We believe that all students have a natural desire to learn. With this in mind, we strive to provide our students with the academic, spiritual, and emotional tools needed to motivate learning and personal growth in a caring environment where all children are valued, respected, and encouraged to be good “Armenian Christians,” which includes the responsibility of being active, caring, and contributing members of the community.
In accordance with our school’s philosophy, we strive to move beyond the requirements of the California State Framework; develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills; develop a cooperative relationship within the school, church, and community; foster a sense of respect for one’s own culture and heritage as well as those of other, and to teach tolerance and respect toward the opinions and views of others.