Our Vision is to develop and sustain a Pan-Orthodox, Preschool through 8th Grade, faith-based, private educational ministry in the Portland area, so that our rich educational inheritance is transmitted to our children for the glory of God and the benefit of their/our souls.
Agia Sophia Academy educates the whole child by providing a rich academic and arts curriculum, grounded in Orthodox Christian values, while fostering love of learning, personal responsibility and respect for each person.
Accordingly, we have set the following goals:
- To offer academic excellence in a safe and nurturing environment.
- To teach students “how to learn ” as well as “what to learn.”
- To cultivate a life-long love of learning in our students.
- To act as an extension of the parental role of educating the child.
- To further form character in our students so they will become productive and good members of our communities.
- To draw families more fully into the life of the Church.
- To honor God and educate others in the Faith.
Agia Sophia Academy first opened in September 2004. The school was organized by Orthodox Christian families and clergy in the Portland area who were interested in creating a place with rigorous academic standards and enriching specialty subject areas taught in the context of Orthodox Christian faith and teachings. ASA seeks to partner with parents in reinforcing the values taught at home and equipping the children with tools necessary for facing today’s challenging world. ASA is proof that strong values and a nurturing staff provide the perfect environment for children to flourish in their academic studies.
During the first year, twenty-eight children were enrolled at Agia Sophia Academy. Today, enrollment has nearly doubled and the school offers a Montessori preschool and Kindergarten as well as 1st through 5th grade. The staff and board have worked hard to ensure that the school continues to make wise curriculum choices, attract skilled teachers and respond to the needs and challenges of 21st century parents. Agia Sophia is located in Beaverton, Oregon at the facility of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
Agia Sophia Academy is not a line item on any parish budget. Our funding comes from tuition, gifts from friends of ASA, foundations and grants. Through the prayers and continued support of ASA families, board and donors, the school will continue to grow. Plans for the future include building a school and supporting facilities with designated space for each specialty subject and possibly even a middle school. Our work is to establish a solid foundation so that Agia Sophia Academy will be here to educate our children’s children and generations to come.