WATERTOWN, Mass. — St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) is celebrating its 25th anniversary, on Saturday, November 20, with a glittering gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, featuring Dr. Joyce Shushan Barsam as keynote speaker.
Since opening its doors with a handful of students in 1984, St. Stephen’s has become a vital force in the Armenian-American community of greater Boston. The school emphasizes a rigorous bilingual program in a warm atmosphere of family and community. Students receive an in-depth instruction of the Armenian language, culture and history in addition to the high level of education provided at any top private school.
In 2003, the prestigious Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) accredited the school, making it the only Armenian school in the region to achieve this status.
Since 2004, every fifth-grade graduating class takes a two-week field trip to Armenia as part of their curriculum. The trip connects students to their ancestral homeland and creates a lasting bond between them.
Said the school’s principal of 23 years, Houry Boyamian, “We are passionate about the school. I am putting in a lot of effort to keep us on such a high level that parents would not hesitate to enroll their children. We have many second-, third- or fourth-generation American-Armenians who bring their children here, in order to foster their Armenian spirit while giving them a first-rate education.”
The school keeps up with the latest educational approaches, and the students consistently achieve top marks in the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills.