Starting earlier makes the process easier for the children, she said.
The school’s five teachers are all experienced and have degrees. The school has a state certification. In fact, the education is such that students can continue their study of Greek in a course at Peabody High School. Further, those who succeed can claim credit for a foreign language when they apply to college.
More importantly, St. Vasilios provides the students with a sense of identity, Dragonas said. And given the very real contributions of the Greeks, she believes that almost any American could benefit from the lessons taught here.
“After all,” she said, “this country is a product of Western civilization.”