Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Enroll today in Greek School for the 2019-2020 school year

Use code code EARLYREG to get 10% tuition discount if you enroll now through August 31st.

Our director’s note for the new academic year.


Our Greek School - Το Ελληνικό μας Σχολείο

The Center of Hellenic Education is the Greek School of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, California. Located in the heart of Bay Area and teaching the Greek language for more than 5 decades, the Center strives to provide a learning environment stressing both academic and social experiences through a curriculum that integrates Hellenic culture and Orthodox faith. All students progress through a set of comprehensive objectives based on national standards for teaching foreign languages.

Education in Greek language and culture is a necessity for children to develop and maintain a Greek consciousness while living in a multi-ethnic American homeland. The Center of Hellenic Education instills in its students a love and understanding of being Greek. It provides them the opportunity to develop their Greek-American identity, enrich their lives through recognition of their ancient heritage, and become our future cultural and political representatives.


Our Programs


School age program

A program designed to help students develop verbal and written language skills while engaging in cultural activities such as art, music, history and mythology. We offer two tracks:

  • Greek speakers (Greek as first language at home): Tuesdays, 5-7pm

  • Non-Greek speakers (English as first language at home): Thursdays 5-7pm

  • All students: Saturdays, 10am-12pm

Ages: 3-18 years


adult program

Three programs tailored for individuals who want to learn or refresh their knowledge of the Greek language. Vocabulary and the proper use of the Greek language will be taught through participating in conversations and group discussions relating to real life situations:

  • New Testament Greek: Tuesdays 6:30-9pm

  • Intermediate Conversational Greek: Thursdays 6:30-9pm

  • Beginner Conversational Greek: Saturdays 10am-12:30pm

Ages: 18 years and older

 2019/2020 Academic Calendar

  • Aug 27-31, Enrollment days

  • Sep 3, First day of classes, student evaluation

  • Sep 24-28, Open house

  • Oct 26, OXI Day celebration in the Big Hall + Fundraising dinner

  • Nov 26-30, Thanksgiving break - no school

  • Dec 3, Back to school

  • Dec 15, Christmas pageant with Sunday School in the Church

  • Dec 22 - Jan 1, Winter break - no school

  • Jan 2, Back to school

  • Jan 14 - 18, Parent-teacher progress conference

  • Jan 26, Greek letter day with Sunday School in the Church

  • Feb 13-16, No school (FDF) 

  • Mar 22, Greek Independence Day celebration in the Small Hall (refreshments, snacks)

  • Apr 12-20, Easter break - no school

  • Apr 21, Back to school

  • May 11-17, End of year celebration in the school backyard - certificates award

  • Jun 15 - Jul 4 (9am - 1pm), Summer School

About Us



  • Prepare our students with the skills to effectively communicate in written and oral Greek

  • Develop our students’ understanding of Greek culture and history, from ancient to modern times

  • Broaden our students’ knowledge of Greek mythology, poems, literature and music

  • Increase our students’ awareness of the contributions the Greek language has made to the English language

School Board

  • Parish Clergy

  • Director: Petros Balaskas

  • Members:

    • Panagiotis Chalioris

    • Despina Iskander

    • Christos Matheou

    • Argyris Panayotopoulos

    • Dr. Panagiotis Papadimitriou


  • Chrissa Adamidou-Vasilopoulos

  • Athina Basiouka

  • Dimitra Gousi

  • Jenny Giannopoulou

  • Maria Hionis

  • Maggie Gibbons

  • Stelios Kottaras

  • Angie Legaki

  • Dr. Peter Nanopoulos

  • Maria Papadopoulos