November 8, 2017



In today’s global society, being able to communicate in a language other than one’s own broadens students’ opportunities as well as increases their understanding and respect for cultural differences. As such, ASA offers Spanish to the student body. Spanish is taught once a week to students from second to eighth grades. This program focuses on learning basic listening, speaking, reading and writing techniques. The main objective of the program is so that students have a strong foundation in the target language by the time they graduate eighth grade. This way, they are ready to continue their Spanish learning experience when they go on to high school.

Students are introduced to a variety of vocabulary words and phrases through repetition, songs, prayers, projects and role play. Some of the main vocabulary topics that second and third grades cover are greetings, stating personal information, parts of the house and household items, numbers 1-20, colors, shapes, parts of the body, family, clothing, classroom objects, people and places at school, days of the week, times of day, months and food.

Fourth and fifth grades’ curriculum is designed to continue to expand their vocabulary as well as conversational skills. New vocabulary includes occupations, places in the community, transportation, celebrations, dates, telling time, and feelings and emotions. Students also learn how to construct basic sentences and conjugate basic verbs, such as “to be,” “to go” and “to have.”

Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades continue to increase their vocabulary and develop their reading, writing, and grammar skills, including learning the gender and singular/plural nouns, adjectives, possessives, subject pronouns, regular and irregular verbs, and the conjugation of said terms including making comparisons. Topics for middle school include understanding the familiar and formal, numbers zero to increments of millions, the weather, days, time of day (i.e. morning, noon, night), months, sports, clothing, community and occupations, foods, likes and dislikes. While sometimes there’s overlap between what grades levels are working on, the scope and depth of the material will depend both on their age as well as skill level.



The Armenian Sisters’ Academy follows the Common Core State Standards in social studies. Students learn about their community, the founding of their state, the history and geography of their country, and the world’s major civilizations. In addition, through a subscription of the Junior Scholastic magazine, students keep up with current events through grade-appropriate, high-interest articles. […]

Nov 01

The Armenian Sisters’ Academy follows the Common Core State Standards in the area of English Language Arts (ELA). Our students learn how to use multiple strategies for reading comprehension of short stories, novels, poetry, and a variety of nonfiction texts. In addition, our students learn critical thinking and text analysis skills, and how to communicate […]

Nov 02

The Religion Department at ASA follows the Armenian Catholic church’s guidelines for teaching lessons. The Bible and Catechism books are the primary sources for the department to teach religion, in addition to teaching the Holy Trinity, hymns, the Ten Commandments, and the history of Armenia’s Christian traditions. Students learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ, […]

The Physical Education Department at ASA follows “The President’s Challenge” for physical activity and fitness. “The President’s Challenge” also provides an awards program that all of our students participate in regardless of their strengths or weaknesses. In addition, the department also follows the California State Standards for P.E. All grades learn coordination, sportsmanship, and teamwork […]