Armenian Mesrobian School
|Armenian Mesrobian School|
|Pico Rivera, United States|
The board of trustees of the school includes officials from the school itself and the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral in Montebello. The school is affiliated with the church. The school serves the Armenian community east of Downtown Los Angeles, including those in Pico Rivera, Montebello, and Whittier.
Mesrobian offers a comprehensive educational program, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, to students ranging from early childhood education through twelfth grade. The college preparatory high school classes are certified to the University of California, and honors or Advanced Placement classes are offered in Armenian, English, mathematics, science, and social sciences. David Ghoogasian is the school's principal.
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After its initial beginnings as a Saturday school in Montebello, in California, teaching the Armenian language and culture, the school was founded in 1965. The first year, the student body totaled 65 and classes included kindergarten through third grades. One grade level was added each year, and as the number of grades and the student population increased, the building was added on to and expanded. The first high school senior class graduated in 1975.
Until 1984, the school occupied its original campus on Beverly Road. Then the school moved to a leased facility in the El Rancho Unified School District. Mesrobian relocated in 1997 back to the original school site after a massive effort on the part of individuals and organizations within the community resulted in the complete renovation of the campus.
Academics and curriculum
Armenian current events, history, and literature are elements of the classes taught at this school. Current events and history classes are taught in the Armenian language. Even students not of Armenian origins are required to take Armenian classes. As of 1993 over 90% of the school's students pursue higher education.
As of 1993 there were 31 teachers. 25 were of Armenian origin and 6 were not of Armenian origin.
Mesrobian Varsity teams have been recognized for their athletic prominence. Mesrobian is a member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and plays in the International League of the CIF Southern Section. Before joining the International League in 1999, Mesrobian played in the Valley League. Mesrobian has won league championships in boys' and girls' basketball, girls' volleyball, and boys' soccer. Mesrobian, the first Armenian High School in the United States, has won dozens of academic and sportsmanship accolades since its opening in 1965.
- Swartz, Kristen Lee. "Respecting Old-World Ways : Armenian School Puts Students in Touch With Their Roots." Los Angeles Times. June 10, 1993. p. 1. Retrieved on March 24, 2014.
- Swartz, Kristen Lee. "Respecting Old-World Ways : Armenian School Puts Students in Touch With Their Roots." Los Angeles Times. June 10, 1993. p. 2. Retrieved on March 24, 2014.