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Младшая группа / Younger Students
Kindergarten, Preparatory Class, and 1st grade:


Religion - Law of God

Basics of reading and writing in Russian


Singing (Хоровод).

Старшая группа / Older Students
Grades 2- 12



Textbook: “The Law of God: For Study at Home and School” by Father Seraphim Slobodskoy

Additional topics: lives of the Saints, Russian monasteries and pilgrimages, the church year, and structure of services.

Additionally, in High School: Comparative Theology, and conversations on various contemporary topics and issues.


Russian Language

Study of the Russian language for heritage learners: grammar, writing and oral expression, the language of Russian literature, and history of the Russian language.


History of Russia

From the Slavs to Modern Times (10th -21st centuries)

Other topics: History and Orthodoxy, 20th c. History of Russia in the light of Christian values.


Singing (Choir)

Russian Traditional Songs, Children’s Songs in Russian, Russian and Ukrainian Christmas Carols, and selections of Church music (in Church-Slavonic).


Geography of Russia

Study of the map of Russia: regions, cities, rivers, lakes, climate, etc


Reading (grades 2-6)

Reading from simple stories to fairytales: vocabulary expansion, reading comprehension, oral discussions, and study of Christian values through stories.

Literature (grades 7 -12)

Reading selections from Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and other Russian authors (in the original Russian text).

Study of the lives and works of the great Russian classical writers: literary analysis and study of Christian views in Russian literature.


Optional classes (when available):

Church-Slavonic Language

Icon Painting

Russian Culture Class

Russians in America (History of Russian Emigration)

Clubs: Russian Traditional Dancing, Theater, Music, and Art.

Preparation for ACTFL


School Events:

Poetry Competition

Christmas Celebration with Annual Theater Performance.

Costume Competition: Themes from Russian Literature and Fairytales.

Baking of Traditional “Larks” for the 40 Martyrs’ Feast

Children’s Liturgy (first Saturday of Great Lent)

Pilgrimage to Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, NY)

Concert and Art Exhibit “Young Talents”

Graduate Spring Ball

School Picnic

Let everything take second place to our care of our children, our bringing them up to the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

+ St. John Chrysostom

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