L'École Arménienne Sourp Hagop

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L'École Arménienne Sourp Hagop
Սուրբ Յակոբ Ազգային Վարժարան
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3400, rue Nadon
Montreal, Quebec, H4J 1P5
Coordinates 45°31′53.75″N 73°41′45.28″W / 45.5315972°N 73.6959111°W / 45.5315972; -73.6959111
Type Private
Established 1974
Director Lena Kadian
Grades Kindergarten - 11th
Number of students 673 (2013-2014)
Religious Affiliation Armenian Christian

L'École Arménienne Sourp Hagop (Saint James's Armenian School) is a college preparatory private secondary school located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Armenian-Canadian school has around 700 students, excluding the children in the nearby, closely affiliated pre-school. Education begins in Kindergarten and ends at Secondary 5, after which graduating students continue their education at a CÉGEP. The current director of the school is Mrs Lena Kadian. According to a study made by the Fraser Institute in 2005, L'École Arménienne Sourp Hagop ranked 10th amongst best secondary schools in Quebec with Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School being first.[1]

The school, which has a student body entirely from the Armenian community, teaches in French with English as a second language and also offers Armenian heritage classes. The Ministry of Education for Quebec provides a partial subsidy for the school.[2]



The foundation of an Armenian school and church in Montréal has been initiated by an Executive Committee presided by Yervant Pasdermadjian. Armenian education was laid when an Armenian Saturday school opened its doors in 1959. Later, in September 1973, the Armenian Relief Society opened a pre-school for Armenian youngsters from two to five years old.

L'École Arménienne Sourp Hagop

In 1974, the Sourp Hagop Armenian School was founded on Parthenais Street, starting with 37 pupils from kindergarten to first grade.

The prelacy of the Sourp Hagop Armenian Church established an executive committee in order to fulfill the educational needs of the growing Armenian community of both Laval and Montreal. The ARS pre-school now had to prepare the children for future education. The number of preschoolers of the ARS pre-school augmented, and went from 60 to 160.


In 1975, the school moved to a new building on Victor Doré Street. The school grew each year, first by becoming a primary school, and later on, by obtaining the authorization of opening its secondary classes.

In 1987, Sourp Hagop moved to a much larger building, which once served as an English language public school (Malcolm Campbell High School). The building is located next to the Sourp Hagop Armenian Church. The school had to develop progressively, in order to reach its current size of more than 670 students.

The Armenian Relief Society has given a substantial amount support to the school. In fact, the school's library and computer lab have grown extensively thanks to the ARS's efforts.


Although L'École Arménienne Sourp Hagop is an Armenian school, most of the classes are instructed in French, such as French language and literature, mathematics, science and Canadian-Quebec history. Armenian language, literature and history are taught so that the Armenian cultural identity is preserved in the newer generations of the Armenian Canadian community. English language and literature are taught in addition to Armenian and French.

Extracurricular activities, such as art, athletics, chess and music are encouraged.


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  2. ^ Maguire, Mary H., Ann J. Beer, Hourig Attarian, Diane Baygin, Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen, and Reiko Yoshida (McGill University). "The Chameleon Character of Multilingual Literacy Portraits: Researching in "Heritage" Language Places and Spaces" (Chapter 7). In: Anderson, Jim, Maureen Kendrick, Theresa Rogers, and Suzanne Smythe (editors). Portraits of Literacy Across Families, Communities, and Schools: Intersections and Tensions. Routledge, May 6, 2005. Start page 141. ISBN 1135615535, 9781135615536. -- p. 152.