Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School is a private elementary school that adds a touch of Armenian language and culture to salt the traditional educational elements of American curricula. The school began in 1967 as a simple nursery school, Hye Bardez Nursery School. Today it stands as one of the best elementary schools in New York, serving pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.
Children at HMADS learn about Armenian culture through literature, music, history, and dance as they study traditional math, English, and science.
Hye Bardez is still in operation as a nursery school for two and three year olds. In a cooperative effort with parents, classroom leaders involve children in play and interactive learning experiences with toddlers.
The bilingual education at Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School is designed to keep students grounded in both American and Armenian cultures. Rather than have students leave behind their cultural heritage, they are taught to celebrate it even while they celebrate and learn to be good American citizens. Despite the focus on living within this dual culture, students are taught to honor their individuality.
The basic curriculum of HMADS consists of language arts, math, science, history, social studies, health, art, music, physical education, and computer technology. Students are given every opportunity to achieve academic excellence, stretch their imaginations, develop creative skills, and stimulate their minds.
HMADS is located in Queens, NYC.