Happy Greek Independence Day!!!



Happy Greek Independence Day

from the Hellenic Classical Charter Schools.


Coming soon ...

The first ever HCCS virtual Greek Independence Performance.



#brooklyn #statenisland


HCCS School Closures - Coronavirus

Dear HCCS Families,

Effective tomorrow, Monday, March 16th, HCCS-PS & HCCS-SI are closed until April 20th.

Our thoughts, concerns, and hearts are with our HCCS community during this challenging time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office at 718.499.0957.

Stay safe! 

#hccsstrong #brooklyn #statenisland


Parent Surveys Update

We are kindly asking every parent to complete the PARENT ENVIRONMENT SURVEY before March 31st. 
If you already completed it, we thank you very much! 
Please follow the instructions below to complete your survey. 
The survey may be completed online OR mail: 
Step 2: Scroll down to "Take the survey NOW!" and click "Parent Survey"
Step 3: When prompted, use the eight digit survey access code at the bottom right-hand corner of the survey form sent home with your child. ** For Grades K-5, the survey forms were included in your child's report card. For Grades 6-8, the survey forms were mailed home. The survey forms were in a bright green envelope. **
Step 4: Follow the survey questions and click submit. 
Step 1: Complete the survey provided to your child. ** For Grades K-5, the survey forms were included in your child's report card. For Grades 6-8, the survey forms were mailed home. The survey forms were in a bright green envelope. ** 
Step 2: Use the white envelope provided to you in your survey form packages that your survey forms came in to mail your survey free of charge. 
Step 3: Mail it to the following address
NYC School Survey 
PO Box 64290
St Paul, MN 55164-9725
Please note: this survey is confidential. We will never see your individual responses. We are required to submit the surveys.
Thank you for your cooperation. #HCCSstrong 

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-PS & HCCS-SI request merger from NYCDOE & NYSED

PUBLIC NOTICE - December 2019



Hellenic Classical Charter School – Park Slope, a DOE authorized charter school requesting to merge with Hellenic Classical Charter School – Staten Island, an NYSED authorized charter school.


  •  How will merging benefit students? 

The merger will benefit students in a number of ways.  It will allow educational resources, including programs, services and staff, to be shared by the schools.  The delivery of specialized programming such as enhanced special education programming, tutoring services, and enrichment programs, will be maximized by the merger of the schools.

  • How will merging benefit the community and/or stakeholders? 

Merging will benefit the community and stakeholders by allowing them to deal with one entity rather than having to deal with the two separate schools.

  • How will merging improve the Board of Trustees’ capacity to govern its schools? 

The merger will increase the Board of Trustees capacity to govern the associated charter schools by increasing the overall knowledge and experience held by the board.  The Board is seeking to expand and recruit a member from Staten Island in the near future, which will also increase its capacity to govern. 

  • How will merging improve schools’ operations and finances?  

The merger will allow the schools to pool financial resources so that oversight of the schools’ finances and compliance obligations may be handled more efficiently, from both a cost and time perspective.  Efficiencies and cost savings from pooled purchasing opportunities will be achieved.

  • What additional benefits are anticipated as the result of a merger? 

Overall, the merging of the two schools will lead to a stronger, more effective operation which will have a positive effect on the education of the students.


The merger application will be submitted to NYCDOE and NYSED for approval.   For more information about the proposed merger, please contact Joy Petrakos, HCCS PS & SI Chief of Operations at joy.petrakos@hccs-nys.org

 Merger flyer for community outreach.pdf 



There will be a public hearing meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2020 at 5:30pm for the purposes of the  Hellenic Classical Charter School – Park Slope, a DOE authorized charter school requesting to merge with Hellenic Classical Charter School – Staten Island, an NYSED authorized charter school.

 The merger application has been submitted to NYCDOE and NYSED for approval.   

For more information about the proposed merger, please contact Joy Petrakos, HCCS PS & SI Chief of Operations at joy.petrakos@hccs-nys.org


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 Meeting Dates & Snack Sale Dates

  • Wednesday, March 18th - 8:30am
  • Wednesday, April 8th - 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 13th  - 8:30am
  • Wednesday, June 10th - 5:30pm


PTA Snack Sale Dates 2020

 March 18

 April 8 & 29

 May 13 & 27

June 10 & 24


HCCS-SI PTA Meeting Dates


  • April 1st - 5:30pm
  • May 6th - 8:30am 
  • June 3rd - 5:30pm


HCCS School Board Meetings - Wednesday & Friday, March 18th & 20th at 3:00pm

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

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




Wednesday & Friday, March 18th & 20th at 3:00pm


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 Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00pm and Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 at 5:00pm respectively for each meeting.  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.

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

NYC Chancellor Richard A. Carranza visits HCCS!

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.