Message from the Principal
As a child, I remember contemplating what it meant to be Armenian. Frequently, I knew I would have to work harder than my peers to educate others about my heritage. Rather than view this awesome responsibility as a burden, I wore it like a badge of honor. I was proof that a person could be proud to be both Armenian and American and that every question was a chance for me to confirm or challenge my own beliefs. As an adult, I realize this journey of defining one’s identity is equally enlightening for every person on this planet, and it requires a supportive and nonjudgmental environment that allows for discussions about complicated, personal, life-changing insights. Every child deserves this opportunity to discover who they are, what they believe, and why they believe it.
At Hovnanian School, the feeling of a close-knit community is intentional and integral to creating the environment and relationships that afford our students the time and space to explore their place in this world. Overwhelmingly, the most common compliment parents pay is that the school cares for their children as if they were their own. In addition to the excellent academic standards that have earned our alumni admission to the finest secondary schools and higher institutions, our students graduate with a deep appreciation for their culture as well as others’. The family-like relationships between children and adults shape the environment in which students are able to connect to peers as global citizens who each have a story to share.
Encouraging the development of identity fosters independence and self-confidence that extends beyond our student body. At Hovnanian School, we embrace and embody the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Parents are also confident in their involvement in the school and organize events that promote the feeling of community and provide additional educational opportunities. Alumni and parents of alumni visit regularly and offer their services, because they want to see their school continue to thrive. Community members are thrilled to offer their expertise because they believe in the value of our school. When tears come to the eyes of alumni who simply enter the front door, it is clear that Hovnanian School is more than just where a child learns Armenian, math, English, science, social studies, and more. This is their home. This will always be where their hearts are. As the proud parent of a Hovnanian School student and the Principal, I invite you to join our community, our family, our home.
—SHAKEH TASHJIAN, Principal