New York.- The Board of Directors of the Hellenic Classical Charter School (HCCS) announced exciting plans to expand their facility. HCCS has closed a deal with Hudson Valley Bank for an $8.28 million dollar construction loan. The loan was secured by HCCS’s long term lease with the Kimisis Theotokou Greek Orthodox parish and Board Member guarantees. The international law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP represented HCCS on a pro bono basis.
The planned construction will double HCCS’s existing facility by adding an additional 21,154 square feet.
Given HCCS’s continuous success with high school admissions to New York City’s Specialized High Schools the new facility will provide a state of the art learning center to continue the high level of instruction the children already receive. In addition, the new construction will add a competition-size gymnasium that will allow the school to develop a competitive sports program and double as a theatre and dance center for the HCCS and Kimisis communities.
“The main reason for this expansion is that HCCS will continue to make a difference in the lives of more and more children, while at the same time spread Hellenism” said Board Chair Charles Capetanakis who added “the entire Board is thrilled with the progress of the school and proud of HCCS’s students.”
“This is a wonderful time for HCCS! Our students will have the opportunity to get college and career ready in a beautiful state of the art facility”, said Principal Christina Tettonis.
The Hellenic Classical Charter School opened its doors on September 6, 2005. HCCS was established to provide classics based education in the study of humanities and literature for students in Kindergarten through 8th grades. The Greek government, in partnership with the school, provides qualified teachers to instruct the students.
The Hellenic Classical Charter School is very proud to be a leading K-8 school in which the students learn the Greek language as well as the culture and history of Greece. Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn to speak and write in Greek and Latin is introduced in the 6th grade. This is in addition to being instructed in a rigorous Core Knowledge curriculum using didactic instruction and incorporating the Socratic Method.
With the tremendous support of the school board and faculty, Mrs. Tettonis has established strong partnerships with numerous organizations such as The Greek Ministry of Education, Center for Educational Innovation-Public Education Association (CEI-PEA), The Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, Studio in a School Art Residency, Chess in Schools, The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Legal Lives, The Museum of Natural History, YMCA, The Brooklyn Library, The Brooklyn Museum, Time to Know, Common Cents, The Brooklyn Public Library and other cultural organizations. HCCS is also a partner with charter schools in a federally funded grant entitled, Partnership for Innovation in Compensation for Charter Schools (PICCS).
HCCS recently celebrated its second charter renewal. The Hellenic Classical Charter School continues to exceed the averages on the New York State English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Examinations. HCCS is very proud of its 100% graduation rate. Graduates attend the best high schools in the city including Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn Technical High School, Staten Island Technical High School, Leon Goldstein High School for the Sciences, Midwood Medical High School and other competitive schools.
Construction begins this spring and will take 12-18 months to complete. A ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday June 7, 2012, 10:00 am.