About Our School

Our Mission

The Greek School of Plato is a non-profit Arts, Culture and Education organization dedicated to inspiring future generations of Greek-Americans to carry forward the torch of Greek Heritage. We accomplish this by promoting Hellenic heritage through afternoon schooling and programming to new generations of Greek-American students in the greater Brooklyn area.

We are a 501(c) (3) organization that provides students from Pre-K to 9th grade an opportunity to explore the richness of the Greek language, history and culture with second, third, and continuing generations of Greek-Americans. Plato edifies our students, growing their appreciation of Greek heritage. We engage in our work via leveraging a powerful support system comprised of trained teaching staff, volunteers, parents and friends as well as the community’s youth. Plato seeks to instill values of democracy and leadership by engaging its current students and alumni in service to their community, keeping the spirit of service, democracy and civic engagement alive. Our school has prepared, and will continue to prepare students to carry forward the spirit of Hellenism in New York.

Our Vision

Our value can be measured in the enthusiasm, hard work and effort put in by our students, teachers and board members for nearly 40 years and counting. We’ve continued to maintain heritage to an immense community outside the “Greek capital” of New York City (Astoria). Our School has a vision of developing a full-service, Brooklyn-based Greek cultural hub available not only for educational and cultural pursuits, but as a common space that can be leveraged by all community residents regardless of ethnic background to promote Greek cultural understanding, provide opportunities for enrichment for youth, avenues for the provision of critically-needed
services such as universal pre-kindergarten, social services and the like.

Learn how to support our vision here.

Philantrophy

We engage in our work via leveraging a powerful support system comprised of trained teaching staff, volunteers, parents and friends as well as the community’s youth. Plato seeks to instill values of democracy and leadership by engaging its current students and alumni in service to their community, keeping the spirit of service, democracy and civic engagement alive. Such examples of service include bringing joy into the lives of the elders of our society at the St. Michael’s Senior Citizen Home, engaging in fundraising and sponsorship walks for the Ronald McDonald House and galvanizing members of the community to support families of the Greek diaspora in New York who face critical challenges to their livelihood: health, safety and basic needs.

How We Work

We engage in our work via leveraging a powerful support system comprised of trained teaching staff, volunteers, parents and friends as well as the community’s youth. Plato seeks to instill values of democracy and leadership by engaging its current students and alumni in service to their community, keeping the spirit of service, democracy and civic engagement alive. Such examples of service include bringing joy into the lives of the elders of our society at the St. Michael’s Senior Citizen Home, engaging in fundraising and sponsorship walks for the Ronald McDonald House and galvanizing members of the community to support families of the Greek diaspora in New York who face critical challenges to their livelihood: health, safety and basic needs.

Enrichment Programs

  • Folk Dance
  • Greek Dance Classes have begun.  Dance classes are open to all children that want to learn how to Greek Dance.  It is not a requirement to be a Plato student in order to be in the dance program. Our Greek Dance teacher has offered children the opportunity to learn dances from many parts of Greece and the successful dance productions that our school has been recognized for so many years.
  • Theater
  • Iconography

Scholarships and Awards

The Greek School of Plato has opportunities and awards to help assist those who require it in order to be able to attend the school.  Many benefactors provide generous opportunities.  Just a few are list below, and you can contact us to learn more.

  • The Dr. Spiro Demetis Scholarship
  • The Garbis Spirit Award

Education

    • Ellinomathea
      • Ellinomatheia  (Greek Mastery) Enrichment -The “Comprehensive Examination in Modern Greek” is administered annually to the students of the Greek Schools in the New York Metropolitan Area. These examinations offer students the opportunity to receive recognition for mastery in the Modern Greek language as well as gain opportunity toward the accumulation of college credit (dependent of the level of testing achieved). In some instances, high level mastery certified under these examinations can equal eight to ten college credits at the Undergraduate level.
      • The Greek School of Plato offers preparatory sessions to its students and others seeking to take the Comprehensive Examination in Modern Greek. We have enjoyed a high success rate among those students who have been prepared through our programs.
    • Regents
      • Although not a New York State exam, it is considered for Regents credits in foreign language studies for qualified students of public and nonpublic schools. It is widely accepted by the public school principals in the State of New York and elsewhere in the country and has benefited thousands of students since 1973.
      • The Greek School of Plato offers preparatory sessions to its students taking the Greek Regents for the recognition of high school credit and fluency in the Greek language
    • Language and History
      • Grades 1 through 9​ – As your child continues on their Journey learning the Greek language, they will begin to learn the vast history of Greece, with every year of progression they will learn that much more of our wonderful history and the ability to read and write the Greek language will be instilled into our children. Our classes are offered on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, and on Saturdays.
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