About Us
School prorgams
Who we are:
  • American-Russian Educational Center, Inc. (AREC) was established in 1994

  • In 1998 a non-profit educational organization 501(c )(3) status was awarded 

  • AREC is also active under DBA name of “Russian School Olympus” 

  • Russian School Olympus provides courses for children of 3 to 17 years old on Saturdays through the school year. 

 
Our goals:
  • We strive to help American children to understand their Russian roots, the spiritual soul of the Russian people and give them knowledge for being an essential part of the multicultural world

 
We are not unique but...
  • AREC was the first one in Washington, DC to offer cultural education for the Russian community

  • The faculty of the school is highly professional with extensive teaching experience

  • Current enrollment: 250 students

  • 18 classes offer Russian of different levels

  • 70% of students come from mixed families

  • Teaching curricular is tailored to the need of  American kids with Russian heritage

  • Fifty six students of Olympus have successfully passed the Prototype Advanced Placement Russian Language exam.

Russian as foreign Language
  • For students that Russian is not a native language we offer Russian as a subject

  • In small groups formed for different ages children  have an opportunity to advance their knowledge in spoken Russian, develop writing abilities and learn more about Russian history and culture

  • Main emphasis on developing conversation skills, enlarging vocabulary, adding basic writing skills

 

Teaching through Drama
  • We believe that drama is the best way to teach children speak Russian in front of big audience

  • Russian School Olympus is the place of the Drama Studio “Jar Ptitsa” ( Fire Bird)

  • We stage two drama plays each year and produce them at our traditional Christmas and Spring Matinees

  • Olympus took part in three consecutive All-American Russian Youth Theatre Festivals

  • We have our own designer of theatre costumes who produces all needed decorations and costumes

  • Olympus was the first one to introduce AP Russian in the curricular of a Saturday School in 2006

  • Olympus sponsored six teachers to take a week- long course and to become qualified to teach the Preparatory Course of the Prototype AP Russian

  • Our teachers created unique teaching methodology in the past 8 years

  • We are assisting American Councils for International Education to prepare integrated tasks for AP exams

  • Students get 6 course credits in public US Universities for AP Russian graded 4 and above