180 Facts and Reasons to Attend Ferrahian

 

GENERAL INFO

  1. The first Armenian day school in the United States
  2. Fifty plus years of educational experience since 1964
  3. Armenian/English bilingual education
  4. Environment that promotes the national and cultural values of the Armenian people
  5. Shares the religious values of the Armenian Apostolic Church
  6. Promotes good US citizenship and universal human values
  7. Centrally located on two campuses in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles
  8. Main campus for grades 6-12 located next to Holy Martyrs Apostolic Church in Encino
  9. Rustic campus in North Hills for grades K-5
  10. Great community support
  11. Safe environment and secure premises
  12. Students in a family setting: 624

 

ACCREDITATION

  1. WASC-accredited K-12 school
  2. NAYEC-accredited ARS Ashkhen Pilavjian Preschool in North Hills Campus

 

GRADUATES

  1. Graduates with lifelong friendship and community belonging: 2022
  2. Students with at least one Ferrahian alumnus parent: 158
  3. Active Alumni Association with extensive professional networking

 

TUITION

  1. Affordable tuition
  2. Second and third child substantial discounts
  3. Tuition aid for qualifying families

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH

  1. Informative website WWW.FERRAHIAN.COM
  2. Daily updated Facebook page: “FERRAHIAN NEWS”
  3. Mass e-mail correspondence through Constant Contact web-based service

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

  1. College-ready graduates: 98%
  2. University and four year college average acceptance rate: 70 %
  3. High achievement in ACT writing
  4. Annual Academic Awards Night
  5. Annual Athletic Awards Night

 

FACULTY & STAFF

  1. Total staff and faculty: 72
  2. Energetic administrative (13) and support (12) personnel
  3. Highly qualified Middle/High School faculty: 24
  4. Highly qualified Elementary School faculty: 24
  5. TAs in Kindergarten and first grade: 4
  6. Experienced and dedicated Armenian Language teachers: 13
  7. Knowledgeable faculty in core subject courses: 32
  8. Faculty with Ph.D. degree: 3
  9. Faculty with MA/MS degree: 5
  10. Faculty with MA/MS degree with teaching credentials: 5
  11. Faculty with BA/BS degree: 9
  12. Faculty with BA/BS degree with teaching credentials: 10
  13. Faculty with BA/BS degree and teaching credentials in progress: 2
  14. Instructions with detailed daily lesson plans: one lesson plan per course per day
  15. Faculty trained in differentiated teaching and variety of teaching modalities
  16. Systematic observation and evaluation of teachers

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. Personal Excellence Plan for all faculty and administration members
  2. Day-long in-service professional development programs: 4 per year
  3. Off campus seminars: AP workshops, summer institutes, one-day lectures, etc.
  4. First Aid/CPR-training for staff and faculty every two years

 

CURRICULUM & TEXTBOOKS

  1. California Department of Education Curriculum and Standards
  2. In transition to Common Core standards
  3. UC-approved course list
  4. Armenian language and history curriculum for grades K-12
  5. Armenian as the course for Language Other Than English (LOTE) for grades 9-12
  6. Armenian as a second language program for grades 1-10
  7. Eastern Armenian language instructions during ASL classes – grades 6-8
  8. Armenian Language Standards set by the Board of Regents of Prelacy Schools
  9. Religion classes for grades 4-8
  10. Sunday Church attendance for grades 4-12
  11. College Board AP courses
  12. Joint ventured college level courses with Pierce College on school premises: One/semester
  13. Ferrahian-based Advanced/Honor courses: 7
  14. Elective and remedial courses for grades 9-12
  15. Inspiring co-curricular activities: Dance, Drawing, Music and Theatre

 

CLASS SIZE

  1. Average class size – Elementary: 19 students
  2. Average class size – Middle School: 20 students
  3. Average class size – High School: 18 students
  4. Average class size – AP courses: 9
  5. Average class size – Armenian as a second language: 6

 

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

  1. Frequent grade reporting: quarterly and per semester
  2. Instant follow-up of grades through MMS software program
  3. Bi-annual exam administration:  One exam at the end of both semesters
  4. Multitude assessment approaches
  5. Administration of ACT Aspire exams for grades 3-10 grade students
  6. Administration of ACT exams for 11th grade students
  7. Administration of Advance Placement (AP) exams for grades 9-12
  8. Administration of UCLA diagnostic test for math placement for grades 6-8

 

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  1. Sustained Silent Reading program for reading enhancement
  2. School-organized Spelling Bee contest – grades 6-9
  3. School-organized Science Fair – grades 6-12
  4. LA County Science Fair – grades 6-12
  5. AESA Science Fair – grades 6-12
  6. Science Quiz Bowl – grades 11 and 12
  7. School-organized History Day – grades 6-12
  8. School-organized Math Festival – grades 3-12
  9. World Math contest – grades 6-12
  10. School-organized Armenian History Day – grades 1-12
  11. School-organized Armenian Spelling Bee contest – grades 6-9
  12. Armenian Timeline Quiz Bowl – 8th grade

 

EXTRACURRICUAR ACTIVITIES

  1. Active Student Council
  2. Model UN extracurricular program – grades 8-12
  3. Academic Decathlon
  4. Middle School and High School clubs
  5. Assemblies promoting Armenian culture, history, heritage
  6. School Spirit Days – Elementary campus

 

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Full-color 304-320 page Yearbook compiled by the students
  2. Semi-annual publication by the Journalism Class
  3. “Shogh” Armenian annual literary periodical for grades 6-12
  4. Semiannual Armenian newspaper for the Elementary School
  5. Personal “Memory Book” created by the Elementary School students

 

FIELD TRIPS

  1. Sacramento/Fresno Educational Trip – 7th grade
  2. Washington DC/Philadelphia/New York Educational Trip – 8th grade
  3. Armenia/Artsakh Educational Trip – 11th grade
  4. Field trips to cultural and scientific museums – grades K-8
  5. Grade-level fieldtrips – grades K-12
  6. Field trips to Armenian institutions – grades 9-12
  7. Field trips to universities – grades 9-12

 

SPORTS

  1. Active athletics program
  2. Basketball Varsity games – boys & girls – CIF Liberty League
  3. Basketball Junior Varsity games – boys & girls – CIF Liberty League
  4. Volleyball Varsity games – girls – CIF Liberty League
  5. Cross Country – boys & girls – CIF Liberty League
  6. Soccer Varsity games – boys – CIF International League
  7. Participation in KAHAM games – grades 1-8

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

  1. Elementary School Summer Session academic program: 3-4 weeks
  2. Elementary School Summer Session leisure program: swimming, computer, arts & craft
  3. Mandatory English summer reading
  4. Mandatory Armenian summer reading

 

DAY CARE

  1. Elementary School early morning care – free of charge
  2. Elementary School extended after-school hours for working parents
  3. Co-curricular sessions during after-school hours

 

SCHOOL FACILITIES – ENCINO CAMPUS

  1. Spacious campus
  2. Biology/Chemistry Lab with work islands for 24 students
  3. Art Room for 28 students
  4. Computer Lab for 32 students
  5. Library- 2000 plus Armenian and English language books
  6. Fitness Room
  7. Gymnasium/Assembly Hall
  8. Soccer/Football field (mid size)
  9. Cafeteria (Dickranian Hall) seating for 100
  10. Parking lot for 206 cars

 

SCHOOL FACILITIES – NORTH HILLS CAMPUS

  1. Children’s Library
  2. Computer Lab for 24 students
  3. Swimming pool
  4. Soccer/Football field
  5. Three outdoor basketball courts
  6. State of the art children’s playground
  7. Parking lot for 120 cars
  8. Cafeteria (Minassian Hall) – seating for 120
  9. Art resource room
  10. Bookstore for new and used textbooks
  11. Textbook purchase/exchange facilitated through bookstore and the Internet

 

PARENTAL GROUPS

  1. High level parental involvement
  2. Energetic and committed School Board
  3. Parent Support Committee – Elementary School
  4. Parent Support Committee – High School
  5. Armens Athletic Committee

 

EMERGENCY HANDLING

  1. Emergency Preparedness and Response Team
  2. Emergency Plan for both campuses
  3. Emergency Incident Structure and Directives
  4. Earthquake storage bins for both campuses

 

GUIDANCE & COUNSILING

  1. Director for Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Separate academic advisors for Elementary, Middle and High school students
  3. Counselor (part time) for the Elementary School
  4. College Orientation by UC, CSU and private colleges’ representatives
  5. College orientation by private college representatives
  6. Grade-level parental annual meetings – grades 5-12

 

STUDENT SERVICES

  1. Mandatory community service for high school students:100 hours
  2. Lectures on sex abuse, drug and alcohol use awareness for grades 9-12
  3. Assemblies for high school students on law and legal issues
  4. Educational seminars on bullying for faculty, students, and parents
  5. Assemblies on physical health and wellness for grades K-5
  6. Well-balanced monthly lunch menu
  7. Shuttle bus service between two campuses

 

TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

  1. Continuous integration of technology into instruction
  2. All classrooms, grades 1-12 are equipped with smart boards: 28 ActivBoards
  3. Availability of combo document cameras and LCD projector carts
  4. Pro-Quest virtual on-line library
  5. Turn-It-In internet-based service to avert plagiarism
  6. Discovery Education United Streaming for grades K-5
  7. Armenian keyboard training inUnicode
  8. MMS administrative software for student data base
  9. MMS administrative software for grading
  10. Weekly homework posting on website

 

PARENT-SCHOOL RELATIONSHIP

  1. Trilateral partnership of parents, faculty and administration
  2. Open-door policy to meet with the Principal
  3. Responsiveness to parent input and  suggestions
  4. Parent-Teacher Conference per semester

 

YEAR-END ACTIVITIES

  1. Elementary school year-end cultural program
  2. Commencement ceremonies for grades K, 5, 8 and 12
  3. 180 Days of instructions… and much more

 

Last updated – January 8, 2016