“If the violin is the most perfect musical instrument, the Greek language is the violin of human thought.” —Helen Keller
From Socrates in the 6th grade to Diogenes and the origins of Ancient Greek Cynicism in 8th, rapidly maturing student minds and cognition demand more meaningful study in the middle school years. A collaboration between the middle school and Hellenic Studies department guides students through a carefully planned sequence of study that challenges their thinking and deepens their understanding.
The Greek Drama Program gives all middle school students the chance to perform on stage, speak Greek actively and learn about Hellenic authors and their plays, while having tremendous fun. Past performances have included “The Odyssey” by Homer and “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, which were both adapted for middle school students.
Fantis graduates can reach Level B1 of the CEFR
, meaning they are independent users who can communicate in most situations, including leisure, travel and work. As they progress, students take the Greek language certification examinations throughout middle school at various levels. 8th-grade students may participate in the Greek Regents examination, which will provide high school credit.