Pasadena Unified’s Armenian Academy is the primary of its sort – Asbarez.com


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It is solely been two years because the Pasadena Unified Faculty District had the prospect to construct an Armenian academy at Blair Excessive Faculty, an internationally acknowledged college. This program is the primary of its sort on the planet, attracting college students from throughout Pasadena and past. What has occurred throughout these two years has been nothing wanting wonderful, as college students from 17 totally different cities have joined the progressive and tuition-free program, growing enrollment at a powerful tempo.

David Ibara, former Principal of IB World Faculty Blair, who welcomed the Armenian Academy’s becoming a member of and who now serves because the District Coordinator for Twin Language and Worldwide Baccalaureate programmes, couldn’t be extra happy with the success.

“It has been extraordinarily rewarding to see the Academy develop and increase so quickly. The Armenian Academy matches in completely with Blair as a result of its worldwide stature program and alignment with the world faculty focus. I’m proud to say that Blair The Armenian Academy in the highschool is a significant heart of clothes.”

The chairman of the Armenian Academy Advisory Board, Maro Yakoubian, who labored carefully with the district to assist create the programme, sees a vibrant future for the group and Blair: “Our group, from day one, strives to achieve lofty objectives. whereas others have been paralyzed by the pandemic. We centered our consideration on creating the primary worldwide stage course in Armenian literature on the planet outdoors Armenia and we did it. Final Might, our IB Diploma candidates have been examined and Scored very properly, together with one pupil whose take a look at end result was right.”

The top trainer of the Armenian Academy, Norayer Dadurian, was instrumental in establishing the IB Armenian Literature Curriculum. He labored to develop the curriculum and safe approval from the Worldwide Baccalaureate Group and the College of California.

“The IB Armenian curriculum has been a crossroads of cultures and locations in two dynamic methods: college students examine world classics (English, Spanish, Persian, French literature) within the Armenian language, and likewise assess and analyze items of Armenian literature from the angle of world topics. The IB Armenian curriculum has begun to convey collectively distant geographies and cultures in Pasadena,” defined Dadurian.

PUSD Superintendent, Dr. Brian McDonald visiting Webster Elementary. Picture: PUSD

Webster Elementary is now providing the primary main Armenian world language program at PUSD. It affords one day by day Armenian language arts class per grade stage and the remainder of the scholar’s educational day will include courses carried out in English. All language immersion courses might be taught by totally licensed bilingual lecturers who’ve extra preparation and experience in educating Armenian.

“We’re excited in regards to the potential of this system in serving not solely college students of Armenian descent however college students from various cultural backgrounds,” stated PUSD Superintendent Brian MacDonald. He continued: “I used to be delighted to see college students from totally different races and backgrounds in our first group at Webster and the keenness they confirmed to be taught the Armenian language. I actually respect the directors, lecturers and employees and guardian leaders like Maro Yakoubian. Grateful to everybody who has labored tirelessly to make this program a actuality.

Households focused on studying extra in regards to the Armenian Academy (6th via twelfth) and might fill out an utility for the 2023-2024 faculty 12 months on the varsity’s web site by becoming a member of a tour. College students from any metropolis are welcome.



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