Are you interested in stimulating your children's creativity, nourish their bicultural and bilingual heritage?  

Our Romanian Heritage Language School offers innovative virtual classes and workshops for children, youth and adults with Romanian background or with an interest to learn Romanian, nationwide. Our teaching methods are based on the core principles of Heritage Language Education to nourish bilingualism and address holisitically the bi-cultural identity of our students through project-based activities, play, authentic sources, critical thinking, and meaningful interactions with their families and communities. Our students gain pride and confidence as heritage language speakers and learners of Romanian, while developing a global understanding of the world.

We are the first Romanian secular community-based school to have developed a teaching curriculum according to the priciples of HERITAGE EDUCATION, since 2016.

Our current students come from numerous regions in the US. We can accommodate to various time zones and have demonstrated experience teaching multiple levels and age groups. 

REGISTRATION is now OPEN  for ages 6-14+. Please REGISTER HERE. We will contact you to schedule a brief language evaluation. 

We offer scholarships to families in need. Please contact Otilia Baraboi at otilia.baraboi@arcsproject.org if you would like to be considered. 

Most of our courses cost 25$/hour, 250 for 10 sessions in the fall semester 2022. Please scroll down to chose the payment option right for you. Thank you.

We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Fall Quarter: October 3 - December 16

  • Thanksgiving break: November 21-25

Winter Quarter: January 9 - March 24

  • Mid-winter break: February 20-24

Spring Quarter: April 3 - June 16

  • Spring break: April 10-14

 

 

 

Upcoming events

Romanian History: Part II

Romanian History: Part II

Instructors

When

Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 16 Dec. 2022 at 06:00 PM

What

Romanian History, Part II (2 quarters): This class is designed for students who took the Romanian History class - part 1 and want to continue learning about Romanian history. Part 2 is dedicated to the twentieth century events: Great Union, WWI, WWII, communism, and post-communism. Continuing the exploration of modern and contemporary cultural identity, students will expand their vocabulary, as well as their reading, listening, and writing skills. Conceived as a two-quarter class, we will focus on Romanian monarchs Carol I, Ferdinand, Carol II, and Mihai. We will also examine the contribution of Romanian Queens – Elizabeth and Marie – to Romanian arts and civic life. The students will be engaged in attractive projects that will help them discover their roots and how they grandparents and parents survived the challenges of history.

Intermediate knowledge of Romanian is required. Groups of 4-5 students/ 60 min, weekly sessions.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

 

Româna la Liceu / Romanian in High School (ages 14-17)

Româna la Liceu / Romanian in High School (ages 14-17)

Instructor

Ileana Marin, Ph.D.

When

Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 16 Dec. 2022 at 06:00 PM

What

Unique in the US, the program "Româna la Liceu", launched in 2016 with great success. This program is addressed to students from WA State, and nationwide, to help them earn high school credits for their heritage language by taking the ALTA Exam, and possibly the Global Seal of Biliteracy. These diplomas will help with their admission process to highly-ranked universities in the US. Our method combines reading comprehension and grammar with interactive communicative methods. Groups of 4-5 students / 90 min, weekly. This class is for one trimester only.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 375 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined-We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability.  

Romanian Explorers/Exploratori Români (ages 10-13)

Romanian Explorers/Exploratori Români (ages 10-13)

Instructors

When

Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 16 Dec. 2022 at 06:00 PM

What

This class aims to help students explore and embrace their Romanian identity and heritage. They will discover Romanian illustrous figures and find inspiration in their pioneer spirit, courage and tenacity.  The students will interact with real Romanian role models while developing a global perspective of their place into the world as bilingual and bicultural citizens.  Basic knowledge of Romanian required. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly sessions

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined -We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Romanian Heroes / Eroi Români (ages 6-9)

Romanian Heroes / Eroi Români (ages 6-9)

Instructors

When

Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 16 Dec. 2022 at 06:00 PM

What

This class aims to help students explore and fully embrace their Romanian identity. They will learn about human relations and emotions through the study of Romanian legedary characters, illustrous historic figures, as well as contemporary stars. We will use fun engaging methodologies to enrich their daily vocabulary, strengthen communication skills, improve pronunciation and reading competence through short texts, poems, songs, proverbs, riddles, and games. The students will intearact with real Romanian role models that they will discover throughout the semester. Basic knowledge of Romanian required; groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Improve Your Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills (ages 6+)

Improve Your Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills (ages 6+)

Instructors

When

Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 16 Dec. 2022 at 06:00 PM

What

In this course, students will read intriguing texts on the world’s inexplicable mysteries such as pyramids, ghost apparitions, huge marine monsters, heroes with superpowers, UFOs, and many others. Since each text is accompanied by a recording and a dossier of activities, students will have the opportunity to further practice writing and speaking in Romanian while trying to offer explanations to the mysteries they have read about. For this class, students will keep a vocabulary journal and will write their own short texts or blog entries. Whenever possible, we will meet specialists in world history and science to interview them and work on more formal conversation skills. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly. 

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h) - please scroll down for payment options.

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Romanian History: Part I

Romanian History: Part I

Instructors

When

Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 16 Dec. 2022 at 06:00 PM

What

Romanian History: Part I, (3 quarters): This class is designed for students who want to learn about Romanian history, including major personalities who steered the destiny of Romanians and their neighbors. Continuing the exploration of cultural identity and heritage through history, students will enlarge their vocabulary and expand their reading, listening, and writing skills. Conceived as a three-quarter class, we will go over crucial events starting with the Roman-Dacian wars, the formation of the Romanian provinces, and pursuing iconic leaders from Mircea the Elder, Vlad the Impaler, and Stephan to Alexandru Ioan Cuza and Carol I. The students will be engaged in attractive projects that will help them discover who their ancestors were and how they earned their place in European history.

Novice to Intermediate knowledge of Romanian is required. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly sessions

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h)- please scroll down for payment options. 

Time: To Be Determined - We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Introduction To Romanian (All ages)

Introduction To Romanian (All ages)

Instructors

When

Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 16 Dec. 2022 at 06:00 PM

What

This class is tailored for students of Romanian origin nationwide who do not understand, nor speak the language, but who have been exposed to Romanian culture and are curious to find out more about their heritage. They will learn basic conversational skills in Romanian and will develop their pronunciation, vocabulary, writing and reading knowledge.They will gain confidence and will be able to connect with their Romanian family in meaningful ways.  No knowledge of Romanian required. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly.

Tuition: 10 sessions for $ 250 (25$/h) - please scroll down for payment options.

Time: To Be Determined -We will work with parents and students to find the best times and days that work for you. The times indicated in the schedule are only orientative. Please fill out the registration form to let us know your availability. 

Global Competence Certificate for Romanian Heritage Speakers

Global Competence Certificate for Romanian Heritage Speakers

Instructors

When

Oct. 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 22 Jun. 2023 at 12:00 PM

What

This program is free for WA state public high school heritage speakers of Romanian. The students need to have intermediate knowledge of Romanian. 

The project-based curriculum will integrate content and functional language (such as writing or presenting summaries, narratives, descriptions, etc.) through synchronous interactive classes through Zoom and with online videos. Engaging, culturally and developmentally appropriate activities will be offered in a flexible way so that students’ learning experiences are personalized to their needs and interests. Over the year, the students would be developing evidence (in the Heritage Language) for their Global Competence Certificate in the areas of Global LearningInternational Engagement, and Language and Intercultural Learning. Resources from this program will be open to teachers, schools, students, and families throughout the state and adaptable to other languages and cultures.

The project will support the students to develop their language proficiency and literacy in their Heritage Language culminating in ALTA testing, while also preparing a portfolio for the Global Competence Certificate in the Heritage Language (and English too, if they like) through the World Affairs Council in Seattle.

To learn more click here.

Payment options

Romanian School 2022
New Student - 10 weeks

$250


with PayPal
Returning Student - 10 weeks

15% off discount for students who took at least 3 classes prior.


$212


with PayPal
Româna la liceu/ Romanian in High School (90 min sessions)

$375


with PayPal

Instructors

Ileana Marin, Ph.D.

ileana.marin@arcsproject.org

Ileana Marin teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her long-standing academic career on both sides of the ocean has given her the opportunity to establish contacts between Romanian and American scholars, artists, and institutions. She, thus, initiated the first UW Exploration Seminar to Romania, and to Eastern Europe, and opened the fund for Romanian Studies, hoping that Romanian language will be taught regularly in Seattle. With a BA in Romanian and a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Bucharest (2000), and one in Textual Studies from the UW (2011), Ileana is a strong believer in the power of education and bilingualism. In ARCS, she advocates the expansion of the Romanian language programs in the US and for disseminating the most recent Romanian cultural achievements. On her agenda as president, Ileana Marin has two major tasks: board development and recruitment to ensure the successful implementation of ARCS mission through meaningful programs. 

Elena Constantin

When she was little, Elena told her mother that she would continue reading children's stories when she grew up. Her mother would laugh and tell her that eventually she would change her mind.

Elena grew up, and she is still interested in children's literature and also child development. She taught high school in Bucharest, Romania. In the Seattle area, she was a presenter for the public library's World Language Story Time program, and volunteered for ARCS Seattle for their programs for children. 

Elena understands the challenges and the effort it takes for children with Romanian heritage living outside Romania to learn and speak Romanian. She has heard more than once from adults with Romanian ancestry, that they wish they had learned or spoken more Romanian. She believes the time and effort it takes children to improve their heritage language is an investment into their future, and their ability to navigate who they are in the world.

Dr. Andreea Bordeianu

Andreea Diana Bordeianu started her journey in global education in Iasi, Romania, where she was born, raised, educated at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, where she also taught as an assistant lecturer, prior to emigrating to the USA, back in 1997. Her passion for research and education did not stop there and continued across the ocean, in her new country, where she worked as an elementary teacher at the Roeper School while completing her MA in Counseling, then as a guidance counselor at the Manoogian School, working with preK-12 students. She continued her Education Specialist degree and started working in 2006 with college students, as a professional academic adviser and part-time instructor. At Oakland University, Rochester Michigan, where she graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, she coordinated and led collaborative projects with surrounding schools focused on issues in local and global communities. Her dissertation focused on exploration of global competencies which led her to participate in the Global Education Thinktank program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Being passionate about bi-literacy and for the past five years served as a Vice-President for the Escuela Avancemos School Board in Detroit with the mission to implement programs with full immersion in both Spanish and English languages and promote the “Seal of Biliteracy” in Michigan. Romanian heritage preservation is part of her blood and passing on the valuable lessons learned from knowing your own culture and roots in making sense of the present and building the future. Many years back, she taught the preschool and young elementary group of children at The Romanian School, in Troy Michigan, under the American Romanian Cultural Center (organization was dissolved) with Carmen Bordea, who currently leads the Digital Literacy and Learning Program with the Office of Global Michigan. Dr. Bordeianu is a big supporter of the American Romanians at the Great Lakes group, planned book launches, cultural events and gathered the forces in the most recent international virtual book launch of the book Romanian Canadians History 1920 - 2020 written by Stefan Strajeri, co-founder of ARCS Detroit.

The news about the ARCS Seattle’s vision for expansion and spreading the word of their mission “to create social change through film, art and education, with a focus on Romanian heritage” was welcomed by Dr. Bordeianu and ARCS Detroit co-founders, who are all excited about this great opportunity for partnership and collaboration.

Carmen Dandu Bordea

Carmen Dandu Bordea was born and raised in Bicaz-Chei, Romania. Fascinated by written words from an early age, she became an avid reader at just 4 years old. Her parents and grandparents played a major role in her education, spiritual and cultural values, and in keeping her heart and intentions centered on loving others. After high school, Carmen moved to the capital where she attended the University of Bucharest, pursuing a dual degree in Romanian language and Theology. After graduating, she returned to her Transylvanian homeland and became a teacher at the same school she had attended just a few years before. In 1998, she and her husband moved to Detroit, Michigan where she became active in the local Romanian community. Committed to preserving the Romanian language and culture, she joined Dr. Andreea Bordeianu and taught children at The Romanian School in Troy Michigan. Carmen continues to work with the young Romanian generation teaching at a local church, and volunteering in the community along with her husband Mihai and daughter Miruna. Her passion for people and education led her to social services in the nonprofit sector and she has been working with refugees and immigrants for most of her career. A lifelong student, Carmen continued her education by attaining the Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA) certificates, and most recently she earned a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Oakland University. Currently, she leads the Digital Literacy and Learning Program for the Office of Global Michigan. Carmen’s aspiration is to imbed the love for Romanian language and culture into the younger Romanian-American generations and to raise awareness of the great social and cultural impact that Romania and Romanians have on the world. 

An Immigrant Story, Carmen Bordea