Shnorhali School Goes Virtual!
Taking into account ongoing precautions related to COVID-19 and the approach by Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. public school systems for the resumption of school in Fall 2020, the Shnorhali School of St. Mary Armenian Church has decided to adjust its own approach and will offer distance learning classes only for all students and all grade levels, starting September 13, 2020.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey so the program reflects your interests: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YX9YF88.
Religion classes will continue to be taught in English by members of the St. Mary Armenian Church community. Armenian language classes will be taught by certified educators from Armenia (in both Western and Eastern Armenian), using the full spectrum of teleconference capabilities - screen sharing, the use of audio-visual teaching aids, and timely progress reports. Students will begin the school year in the same grade level in which they were enrolled for the previous school year; the teachers may make adjustments to grade levels based on performance during the initial assessment phase of the virtual program.
At the moment, virtual classes are meant to be a necessary stopgap to continue our children's Armenian language and religious education in the face of ongoing social distancing restrictions imposed by the pandemic. However, we see this as a unique opportunity to play a leading role within the diocese in implementing innovative, creative solutions to our community's educational and instructional needs. Without a clear sense of when we might be able to resume in-person classes, the future could be comprised of fully in-person teaching, fully online instruction, or a hybrid of both models.
Noting the additional financial burden COVID has imposed on families, we have decided to reduce the registration/tuition fees from last year's roughly $430/child to $250/child (with a 10% additional discount for multiple children enrolled from the same family). Please find the registration information here: https://www.stmaryaac.org/student-registration.
We hope you'll join us in this venture with the goal of giving our children the best possible level of instruction of who they are as Christians and Armenians.