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ASA offers a comprehensive Armenian Studies program using the Armenian Prelacy’s textbooks. The program is targeted toward the mastery of the Armenian language, history, and culture. The Armenian Department’s course objectives include reading in Armenian fluently, increasing comprehension skills, oral expression, and ensuring that all students are writing at grade level. Additionally, the department focuses on Armenian vocabulary enrichment, and teaching students about Armenia’s history.
At the Armenian Sisters’ Academy, the Western Armenian dialect is taught. Lessons are made more effective and interesting to the students through projects, activities, and plays. Students also compete in vocabulary, spelling, and history competitions. Also, in order to strengthen cultural awareness, we organize cultural events and presentations each month, such as a Vartanantz and Armenia’s Independence Day’s assemblies.
The Armenian Department rewards students with an Armenian Language Certificate Award at the end of the year for those students who earn “As” all three trimesters. The department also awards students with an Armenian author’s sticker (i.e. William Saroyan, Barouyr Sevag, Hovhannes Toumanian, and Komidas) at the end of each trimester. When students collect three stickers, they are awarded a medal on behalf of the Armenian department during the Awards Assembly at the end of the year.