Greek Language & Culture

Appreciate the beauty of the Greek language by joining our Greek language school class. Available for both children and adults, classes are conveniently held at 2 locations across the metropolitan area. Spring semester runs February – May. Fall semester runs September – January.

Washington, District of Columbia

Classes start: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Day and time: Saturdays

Grades Pre-K-7: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Bethesda, Maryland

Classes start: Monday, September 8, 2014
Day and time: Mondays

Grades Pre-K-6: 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Adult Education Classes start: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Adult Beginners: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Adult Intermediate: 11:30 AM – 12:45 AM

Adult Advanced: 12:45 AM – 2:00 PM

Monday Adult Course: 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM (All Levels)-(TENTATIVE)

Location: Saint Sophia Cathedral / Frosene Education Center, 36th Street and Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

 *Courses will begin for Semester One on September 6, 2014 and End on December 20, 2014.
* Courses will begin for Semester Two on January 10, 2105 and End May 16, 2015.
*Courses on Monday will begin on September 8, 2014 and End on December 22, 2014. Semester two will begin on January 5, 2015 and End on May 18, 2015. (TENTATIVE)



$385 per year / per child for members in good standing of Saint Sophia (Monday Session)

$585 per year / per child for non-members of Saint Sophia (Monday Session)

$420 per year / per child for members in good standing of Saint Sophia (Saturday Session)

$620 per year / per child for non-members of Saint Sophia (Saturday Session)

$300 per semester / per adult (Saturday Classes only)

To qualify for the Saint Sophia “steward/members in good standing” tuition, families must remit at least 75% of their 2013 stewardship by registration and 100% of their stewardship for all previous years. For new members of Saint Sophia, 75% of the stewardship must be paid by registration time in order to qualify for the “member in good standing” tuition rate. The ministries of Saint Sophia, including the Greek School, are supported by the membership and stewardship dues of the parishioners of Saint Sophia. On registration day, the chair of the Membership Committee will be available to answer all questions and verify membership. Registration form and additional information can be found below.

Note: There is a 20% discount for the 2nd child an 10% more for the 3rd child). Must be registered and paid for at the same time. This is also the fee for the parents that are Stewards of Saint Sophia Cathedral.


Additional Considerations

BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME. Our time with your children is limited, and therefore precious. Late arrivals are disruptive to the class and are disrespectful to the instructors. Our teachers begin each class with a warm-up and set the agenda for the day. Please have your child in the classroom five minutes before the start of class. This will allow your child to settle in. Students who arrive late must report to the Director who will escort them to class. Unless a teacher is notified of special circumstances in advance, students arriving to school ten minutes after the commencement of class will be marked absent, and shall remain with their parents outside the school and enter the classroom during break. Repeated absences from Greek School without proper explanation may result in the student not being promoted to the next grade level.

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE. It is the expectation of all staff, parents and students that the classroom be a safe environment for learning. Students are not allowed to fight, misbehave in class, or show disrespect toward the teachers or other students. Students who engage in such conduct will receive a verbal warning, and their parents will be notified verbally and in writing. After the first notification, students will be suspended for repeated misconduct. The Director, teacher, and the Parish Council Liaison will meet with parents to review the possible expulsion from the Greek School program.

PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN AT DISMISSAL TIME. Parents will be charged $5 for every 5 minutes parents are late. Our staff has other commitments after the duty day; let’s respect that. This fee must be paid prior to the following week’s school session.

SPEAK GREEK AT HOME. Speaking Greek at home reinforces what is taught at school. Ask your children to share with you what they learned in class that day. Use this vocabulary during the week.

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD COMPLETES THE HOMEWORK. Homework is an important tool in reinforcing the lesson. Studies show that students who review their work from school do far better than those who do not. If you do not understand the homework assignment, please email or call the teacher.

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER. It is important to be involved with your child’s progress. Teachers will provide their email address on the first day of school. If you have concerns, please let the teacher know. If your child needs to have special seating arrangements, contact the teacher. We want to make learning Greek as a second language enjoyable for the child. We are here to help navigate this experience with you.

SNOW DAYS/SCHOOL CLOSINGS. In the event of schools closing or afternoon activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, the Saint Sophia Greek Schools will follow Montgomery County Public School protocol. Please listen to your radio for updates or visit our website.

SUPPORT THE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. We welcome parental involvement in our Greek School program. During the special Greek School celebrations, we will ask you to volunteer. Please do so. We know we can always count on our parents to stay involved.

We thank you for your support.

Please Click Here if you are interested in purchasing a Greek traditional costume for your children.

Saint Sophia Greek Language & Culture School 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 * Frosene Center Ballroom * 10:00AM



Greek School Coordinator: Dr. Andriana Kalapothakos

Adult Greek Education Director: Dr. Andriana Kalapothakos

Technical Coordinator: Efstathia Kalapothakos


George Dagretzikos
Vicki Kalograni
Andriana Kalopothakos
Vivian Kambanis
Katerina Rodgaard
Maria Paleocrassas
Maria Stouraiti
Kiriaki Theodorou
Evangelia Tzanavara


Christina Stratakos

Registration (for all schools)

To register for Greek language school, download the registration forms below and submit by August 31, 2014 after the Divine Liturgy, in the Cathedral Auditorium or at each site on opening day. 

Registration form for Child(ren)

For more information call the Cathedral office at 202-333-4730 or the Greek School Coordinator Dr. Andriana Kalapothakos at 301-384-2889, her e-mail is

For more information on Adult Greek Education please call the Greek School Coordinator Dr. Andriana Kalapothakos at 301-384-2889, her e-mail is (ADULT REGISTRATION)

***For Payments Online
Please submit the registration forms with receipt of payment to Dr. Kalapothakos on the first day of each semester  Click Here to pay online.


Below is a link for the Nursery/Pre-K classes. If you have a child between the ages of 18 months (or will be 18 months by September of this year) and 4 years old, please copy and paste the link below or click on the hyperlink:
Below is a link for all students (3 years to 16 years old), please copy and paste the link below or click on the hyperlink:

Parents of our Greek School community and Stewards of Saint Sophia that have children 18 months to 4 years old are invited to take this quick survey for a Nursery School program that plans to be started this upcoming fall by Saint Sophia:

Fundraising for 2015: Funding Factory Printer Ink, used Cell Phones, Tablets and laptops Recycling. All funds will be donated to the Saint Sophia Greek School for new supplies for Preschool and Nursery school , new technology, Greek traditional costumes for students to have for showcases and programs and additional materials for classrooms. Drop off box will be located near the church office until December. (I am attaching the web banner sticker that can be placed on the site as well and for the bulletin)