Hellenic Classical Charter School - Park Slope (HCCS-PS) recognized as National Blue Ribbon School.

We are pleased to share that today The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that The Hellenic Classical Charter School is being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.  We are one of 19 schools from New York State to be recognized and one of the 362 schools nationwide. The recognition is based on our school's overall academic performance.


"I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. "We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs."


The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.


Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition to high performing schools.  On November 14-15, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate our achievement at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.


We are receiving this award as an Exemplary High Performing School. HCCS is among New York State’s highest performing schools. 


“This is truly an honor to have our school selected among the best in the nation.  This National Blue Ribbon designation acknowledges the hard work and team effort being performed at HCCS-PS by our faculty, staff, students and families” said Board Chair Charles Capetanakis, Esq.


Superintendent Christina Tettonis said, "We are thrilled to receive this incredible recognition from The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Our goal is to build upon this success and continue preparing all of our students to succeed at the best high schools in New York City and contribute to the global community as responsible citizens. Our children, families, and faculty are amazing - we applaud them for their hard work, team spirit, and dedication. Congratulations to our entire HCCS family".  

"We are extremely elated, humbled and honored to be a National Blue Ribbon School! We will continue to fulfill our promise to provide a rigorous learning curriculum in a safe and creative environment for all children" said HCCS Chief of Operations Joy Petrakos. 


“It is truly an honor to receive this nationwide recognition validating the teamwork and tireless efforts of our faculty, students and families.  Everyone at HCCS is beyond excited" said HCCS-PS Principal Natasha Caban.


 The Hellenic Classical Charter School Park Slope opened its doors on September 6, 2005 and celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. 


HCCS provides students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth with a rigorous, classical education, rich in challenging content. Our education model uses a standards-based curriculum, coaching, and intensive academic support to promote intellectual curiosity and independent learning. Supported by an exemplary teaching staff, students are prepared to succeed at the best high schools in New York City upon graduation.


The culture of our school and philosophy of student learning ensures high-level critical thinking and communication skills. Students in all grades regularly participate in Paideia (Socratic) seminars in which they have conversations developed by open-ended questioning, respecting their peers’ thinking, building on others' ideas, listening closely, and responding to viewpoints other than their own. 


Students study the language, history, art, and other cultural aspects of Greece. Middle School students receive Latin language instruction as part of their classical education. We have initiated an Ancient Greek Theatre Program in which students study Ancient Greek literature and perform Ancient Greek plays. Other enrichment programs include a history fair program where students travel to Greece to research topics connected to the history of Greece and annually compete on city, state and national levels.


Our work celebrates a classroom that is diverse and representative of the district. The families of our students are a strong part of our fabric and are highly involved in school events. 


HCCS has been designated by New York State Education Department as a high-performing, recognition, reward school and has been granted an approval to replicate in Staten Island.  


HCCS - Park Slope - School Hours

HCCS-PS School Hours

  • Pre-kindergarten students hours: 8:20am – 2:50pm
  • Kindergarten school hours are: 8:00am – 3:30pm
  • Grades 1-8 school hours are: 8:00am – 3:45pm

HCCS - Staten Island - School Hours

 HCCS-SI School Hours

  • Kindergarten students hours: 8:00am – 3:30pm
  • First Grade school hours are: 8:00am – 3:40pm

HCCS-PS PTA Dates & Snack Sale Dates

  • Wednesday, December 18th - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 15th -  8:30am
  • Wednesday, February 12th -  5:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 18th - 8:30am
  • Wednesday, April 8th - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 13th  - 8:30am
  • Wednesday, June 10th - 5:30pm


PTA Snack Sale Dates 2019-2020

2019                                                             2020

                                                                           January 15 & 29

 November 27                                              February 12 & 26

 December 4 & 18                                     March 4 & 18

                                                                     April 8 & 29

                                                                    May 13 & 27

                                                                    June 10 & 24



  • December 11th - 5:30pm
  • January 8th - 8:30am
  • February 12th - 5:30pm
  • March 11th - 8:30am
  • April 1st - 5:30pm
  • May 6th - 8:30am 
  • June 3rd - 5:30pm


HCCS - Park Slope - Open House Dates

We are hosting the following open house dates. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on December 3rd for Pre-Kindergarten and on December 5th for Kindergarten - Eighth Grade.


Pre-K Open House Dates:

Monday, February 3, 2020  -  5:30pm - 6:30pm


Kindergarten - Eighth Grade Open House Dates:

Thursday , December 5, 2019 at 5:30pm

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:30pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:30pm

HCCS - Staten Island - Open House Dates

We are hosting the following open house dates. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year for grades Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade are now available.   HCCS-SI_Application-2020-2021.pdf 


 Tuesday, December 10, 2019    5:30pm – 6:30pm

 Thursday, January 16, 2020      5:30pm – 6:30pm

 Tuesday, January 28, 2020        9:00am – 10:00am

 Tuesday, February 11, 2020      5:30pm – 6:30pm

 Wednesday, March 18, 2020     5:30pm – 6:30pm

HCCS-PS & HCCS-SI Open House Information

HCCS School Board Meeting - Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9:00am

Hellenic Classical Charter School - Park Slope (HCCS-PS)

Hellenic Classical Charter School - Staten Island  (HCCS-SI)




Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9:00am


Open Meeting for HCCS-PS & HCCS-SI 


Location 1:


646 5th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215


Location 2:


1641 Richmond Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10314


Location 3 via Skype:

Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron, LLP

605 3rd Avenue

New York , NY 10158


Location 4 via Skype:

633 White Pine Road

Franklin Lanes, NJ 07417


Location 5 via Skype:

Dafnonas Estates Ltd.

308 84th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11209


Location 6 via Skype:

417 Grand Avenue

New York, NY 10022


Location 7 via Skype:

Queens College

Jefferson Hall

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11364



Please note, individuals who wish to have speaking time or to place an item on the agenda, must submit their request, in writing,  no later than forty-eight (48)  hours prior to the meeting, or Friday, Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5:00pm.  Requests should be submitted to the school office.


Materials that will be reviewed by the school board and subject to vote and/or adoption are available before the meeting in the school office.



HCCS Deemed Recognition School!

Congratulations to our school for earning the distinction of being a RECOGNITION SCHOOL! This award was earned for the Hellenic Classical Charter School’s high achievement, growth and graduation rate! We are happy to be one of the best schools in New York State leading toward the accomplishment of educational excellence in student performance.

NYC Chancellor Richard A. Carranza visits HCCS!

HCCS Ancient Greek Theatre and History Day Fair teams travel to Greece on research expedition!

Holiday Extravaganza 2018

New York State Regent Christine Cea visits HCCS!

The HCCS Class of 2019 and their High Schools


CONGRATULATIONS to our 8th Graders!

  15% of our 8th graders were offered admission to a Specialized High School

  • Brooklyn Latin High School
  • Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Staten Island Technical High School  
  • Stuyvesant High School  

New York City High Schools:

  • Bard High School
  • Brooklyn College Academy
  • Brooklyn Collegiate Preparatory HS
  • Brooklyn High School of the Arts
  • City Polytechnic HS of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • Digital Arts & Cinema Technology HS
  • Edward R. Murrow High School
  • Expeditionary Learning School
  • FDR STEAM-Multimedia Design
  • Fort Hamilton Dramatic Arts Academy
  • Fort Hamilton High School
  • Fort Hamilton Honors
  • High School of Arts & Technology
  • High School of Fashion Industries
  • HS of Telecommunication, Arts & Tech
  • High School for Medical Professions
  • John Jay School for Law
  • Lyons Community School
  • Midwood Liberal Arts and Science Institute
  • Midwood Humanities Institute
  • Midwood Medical Science Institute
  • Millennium Brooklyn High School
  • New Utrecht H.S. Medical Program
  • N.Y.C. Museum School
  • Park Slope Collegiate
  • Secondary School for Journalism
  • Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
  • Williamsburg HS of Architecture and Design
  • Williamsburg HS of Arts & Technology
  • Young Women’s Leadership School/Queens

Catholic High Schools

  • Bishop Kearney H.S.                                         
  • Bishop Loughlin Memorial H.S.                 
  • Christ the King H.S.                                           
  • Cristo Rey H.S.                                                 
  • Fontbonne Hall Academy   
  • LaSalle Academy  
  • Nazareth Regional H.S
  • Notre Dame H.S.
  • St. Edmunds Prep
  • St. Johns Prep     
  • St. Joseph H.S.
  • St. Saviour H.S.          
  •  Xaverian  H.S.
  • Xavier H.S.


* As of date, our students have also received over $413,600 in scholarships for Catholic High Schools.

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HCCS deemed Reward School for fifth consecutive year!

HCCS deemed Reward School for fifth consecutive year!

Reward Schools are either schools that have high achievement or schools that have made the most progress in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups.student progress as deemed by the NYS Education Department. 

HCCS named High Achieving and High Progress Schools as Reward Schools in New York State

The Hellenic Classical Charter School was named as 1 of the 155 high performing schools in New York State. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students, and teachers. Hellenic is truly an exemplar school. 


To read more about this wonderful news, please follow the link below to the New York State Education Department's web site:


HCCS featured in the book "The Best Elementary Schools in New York City".

HCCS is featured in the book New York City's Best Public Elementary Schools: A Parent's Guide 4th Edition.


"HCCS is a winning, spirited school where kids are motivated to participate wholeheartedly.  Children study the world through the rich lens of Greek language and culture..."  



HCCS congratulates Faye Michalakos - recipient of the NYC DOE Big Apple Award Teacher.

Faye Michalakos, a  veteran teacher at HCCS, was awarded the NYC DOE Big Apple Award Teacher by NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina.  

The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognition program that celebrates the educators of New York City who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities. By honoring the success of these teachers, the NYC Department of Education recognizes the countless teachers who go above and beyond to serve our students and families.  

Congratulations to Faye and our entire staff of amazing teachers.