Welcome parents and students to the C. and E. Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School Preschool
At Merdinian Preschool, we believe children learn best when they are provided with educational opportunities that will develop positive universal values with academic, social and emotional skills. Our program, guides, prepares, and encourages children to become viable Armenian-American Christian citizens to better serve mankind. Working together with families, the children will grow up with the Armenian-Christian spirit within a wholesome environment. In addition, our program will finish traditional Armenian-Christian values and secure future growth and progress.
Our program philosophy is that education in the early years should involve the whole child. By nurturing the child as a whole and providing a loving and secure environment, there is a better chance that every child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth will be improved.
Our Preschool’s curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate practices combined with Christian education. Our daily schedule consists of teacher-initiated and teacher-directed educational activities, which emphasize the five developmental learning domains: language, cognitive, aesthetic, social and motor.
We embrace the concept of a balance between structured and free choice activities and provide a wide range of hands-on activities that encourage children to experiment with science, math, language, reading, music, and art. Blocks, books, painting, toys, dress-ups, puzzles, manipulative, games, and role-play are available to the children during class time.
Our Preschool program provides an innovative curriculum with materials, experiences, and teaching methods that are grounded in the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) principles of child development including age and individual appropriateness.
Our Preschool is licensed by the state of California to serve the needs of children ages 3 through 5 years.
Kindergarten Through Grade 8
The C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School is open to all who endorse its objectives, programs, and policies.
Courses offered regularly during the week include English and Armenian Languages (including reading, writing, spelling, and grammar), Religion, Armenian History and Culture, Science and Health, Social Studies, Mathematics, Computer Education, Art, Music, and Physical Education.
We believe that the integration of the educational efforts of the home, the church, and the school is basic to the development of each child’s fullest potential. This joint effort needs to encompass the following perspectives: 1) academic excellence, 2) spiritual enrichment and moral guidance, 3) social development, 4) optimum physical development, 5) knowledge and appreciation of the American and Armenian heritages.
To assure effective results in all those areas, children need to receive the following: 1) a solid foundation of facts, ideas, and experiences, 2) opportunities for free inquiry and creativity beyond acquired data, 3) motivation which will foster a lasting love of learning and a sense of social responsibility, 4) an environment that will balance discipline with love, and 5) support and encouragement which produce self esteem based on a consciousness of being a worthy child of God and a reflection of His glory.
Following the Armenian Evangelical tradition of excellence in education, the school aims to provide:
- A solid educational program beyond the requirements of the curricular framework of the State of California.
- Religious instruction and spiritual guidance to help students develop a strong Christian character.
- Curricular enrichment which will enable students to acquire a thorough knowledge and full appreciation of the rich American and Armenian heritages.