Award Year: 2019

Hellenic Classical Charter School

646 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11215-5401

(718) 499-0957

Mrs. Christina Tettonis, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Natasha Caban, Current Principal

Charter School, Title I School

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To provide a diverse student body with a rigorous education in a dynamic environment. Using a standards-based curriculum, enriched with the Greek and Latin languages, and the classics woven throughout, students engage in dialogue using the Socratic method to become critical thinkers. Students become college and career ready and well-prepared to succeed and contribute to the global community as responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 14%
  • White: 31%
  • Hispanic: 46%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Ancient Greek tragedy performance and students collaboratively creating anchor charts

Ancient Greek tragedy performance and students collaboratively creating anchor charts

The Hellenic Classical Charter School (HCCS) provides students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth with a rigorous, classical education, rich in challenging content. Our education model uses a standards-based curriculum, coaching, and intensive academic support to promote intellectual curiosity and independent learning. Supported by an exemplary teaching staff, students are prepared to succeed at the best high schools in New York City upon graduation.

The culture of our school and philosophy of student learning ensures high-level critical thinking and communication skills. Students in all grades regularly participate in Paideia (Socratic) seminars. The seminar conversations are developed through open-ended questioning, with students respecting their peers' thinking, building on others' ideas, listening closely, and responding to viewpoints other than their own. Students study the language, history, art, and other cultural aspects of Greece. Middle School students receive Latin language instruction as part of their classical education. We initiated an Ancient Greek Theatre Program in which students study Ancient Greek literature and perform Ancient Greek plays. Other enrichment programs include a history fair program, where students travel to Greece to research topics connected to the history of Greece, and annually compete on city, state and national levels. Our work celebrates classes that are diverse and representative of the district. The families of our students are a strong part of our fabric and are highly involved in school events.

HCCS has been designated by New York State Education Department as a high performing, recognition, reward school and granted an approval to replicate.