HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

 

    In the early 1980's an inspired group of parents pursued a common vision; they wanted to provide their children with an education that would nurture their mind, soul and body in a godly manner.

    After years of planning, dreaming, and praying, St. Herman of Alaska Christian School emerged out of a collaboration of home and Sunday school programs, as the first Orthodox Elementary School in the Boston area. 

    The school was named after St. Herman of Alaska, who was an 18th century Orthodox monk at the Valaam Monastery in Russia. Monk Herman was sent as a missionary to the wilds of Alaska to preach the Gospel to the native Aleuts. His tireless efforts produced much for the kingdom, as he founded schools for the native children, rich in a solidly Christian education and handicrafts of all sorts.

    Today St. Herman's retains its unique vision within a secular culture, graduating students who go on to top high schools and colleges. We are currently making steps toward further curriculum development, capacity building, and eventually finding a new home. Another important project is our on-going promotion of an Orthodox philosophy of education to the community at large. All of the students, faculty and volunteer staff look to the guidance, example and intercession of our patron, St. Herman, in our work at the school and wherever we are.