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 and only Romanian secular community-based school to have developed a teaching curriculum according to the priciples of HERITAGE EDUCATION, since 2016. We are looking for partners and happy to share our methodology with other communities in the Romanian diaspora. Please write to Otilia Baraboi at otilia.baraboi@arcsproject.org to find out more about our programs and possible collaborations with your communities.

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 4-14+. 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, 350 for 14 sessions in the fall semester 2021. Româna la Liceu is $450 for 12 sessions of 90min each. Please close 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. 

Instruction Weeks:

•Week of Oct 11, 18, 25

•Week of Nov 1, 8, 15, 29

•Week of Dec 6, 13

• Week of Jan 10, 17, 24

• Week of Feb 7, 14

Holidays: 

•Veteran's Day: Nov 11

•Thanksgiving Break: Nov 22-26

•Winter Break: Dec 20, 2021- Jan 7, 2022 

 

Upcoming events

Improve Your Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills ( ages 11 +)

Improve Your Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills ( ages 11 +)

Instructor

Otilia Baraboi

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

In this course, students will practice reading, listening, writing, and speaking in Romanian. We will review the reading comprehension skills and strategies necessary for reading success using contemporary Romanian authors such as Dan Lungu (Vlogger la 13 ani- roman), among a few others. Taking as a departure point our chosen texts, we will explore notions of Romanian geography, culture and civilization. We will keep a vocabulary journal and write our own texts or blog entries. Whenever possible, we will meet the authors and interview them. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly.  

Tuition: 14 sessions for $ 350 (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)

Instructor

Otilia Baraboi

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

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: 14 sessions for $ 350 (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)

Instructor

Elizabeta Iliescu

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

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: 14 sessions for $ 350 (25$/h)

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 History and Culture ( ages 13+)

Introduction to Romanian History and Culture ( ages 13+)

Instructor

Ileana Marin

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

This class is designed for students who want to learn about Romanian history and culture. The students will enlarge their vocabulary and expand their reading, listening, and writing skills. Conceived as a two-semester 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. 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: 14 sessions for $ 350 (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

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - 21 Jan. 2022 at 04:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

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. 

Tuition: 12 sessions for $ 450 (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

Otilia Baraboi, Ileana Marin and Elizabeta Iliescu

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:00 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: 14 sessions for $ 350 (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 6-10)

Improve Your Writing, Reading and Speaking Skills ( ages 6-10)

Instructor

Elizabeta Iliescu

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:00 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:00 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

In this course, students will practice reading, listening, writing, and speaking in Romanian. We will review the reading comprehension skills and strategies necessary for reading success using contemporary Romanian authors such as Victoria Pătrașcu (Cântecul lui Zurali) and Prințesa Urbană (Băiețelul cu Aripă de Fluture), among a few others. Taking as a departure point our chosen texts, we will explore notions of Romanian geography, culture and civilization. We will keep a vocabulary journal and write our own texts or blog entries. Whenever possible, we will meet the authors and interview them. Groups of 4-5 students / 60 min, weekly.  

Tuition: 14 sessions for $ 350 (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. 

Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis  (Tutoring)

Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis (Tutoring)

Instructor

Elizabeta Iliescu

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:30 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:30 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

If your child needs help to understand math concepts, her/his with homework, or likes to solve challenging problems and wants to learn more, now we offer one-on-one online math tutoring (elementary/middle school level). The sessions are 60 min long, once a week, following BSD's calendar. The instructor is a Washington state certified middle school math teacher and the instruction can be in English, Romanian, or both. The schedule is to be decided with each student. 

How much? 

$40/session (1 hour) 

The payment will be made after the first session, which will be a trial to see if online instruction is a fit for the student. If it is not, then you will not be charged for it. 

Please REGISTER here

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Dacă copilul dumneavoastră are nevoie de ajutor la matematică sau dacă ar vrea să învețe mai mult, vă oferim clase one-on-one online de matematică pentru clasele elementare și de gimnaziu. O ședință durează 60 de minute, acestea fiind opțiunile oferite: 

  1. Lecții săptămânale, urmând calendarul anului școlar al districtului din Bellevue,
  2. Două lecții pe săptămână, urmând calendarul anului școlar al districtului din Bellevue,  
  3. Număr redus de lecții, doar atunci când copilul are nevoie de ajutor suplimentar pentru un anumit topic.

Intructorul este profesor de matematică pentru gimnaziu, certificat de statul WA. Ședințele pot fi în limba română, engleză, sau amândouă.

Cost: $40/sesiune (1oră)

Pentru cei ce optează pentru varianta 1 sau 2, plata se va face după prima sesiune pentru a vedea dacă clasele online se potrivesc stilului de învățare al copilului dumneavoastră. Această primă sesiune va fi gratuită dacă veți considera că nu este conform așteptărilor dvs.  

Vă rugăm să completați FORMULARul de înscriere de mai sus pentru a ne ajuta să adaptăm cursul nevoilor dvs. 

Club Piticot (ages 4-5)

Club Piticot (ages 4-5)

Instructor

Elizabeta Iliescu

When

Oct. 11, 2021 at 04:30 PM - 11 Feb. 2022 at 04:30 PM

Where

ONLINE

What

The program supports children in developing communication skills in Romanian.  They will discover Romanian culture and traditions through play, movement, poems, games, storytime, arts and crafts. Basic or no knowledge of Romanian. Groups of 4-5 children / 30min, weekly sessions.

Time:  To Be Aranged - 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. 

Tuition:  14 sessions for $ 210 (15$/30min) - please scroll down for payment options. 

Payment options

Romanian School - Fall 2021
Regular Classes (60 min sessions)-1st child per family 14 weeks

pay by Oct 11


$350


with PayPal
Mate cu Elis/Math with Elis

$40


with PayPal
Româna la liceu (90 min sessions)

Pay by Oct 11


$450


with PayPal
Club Piticot (30 min sessions)

pay by Oct 11


$210


with PayPal
Regular Classes, 2nd child per family (14 weeks, discounted)

pay by Oct 11


$320


with PayPal

Instructors

Otilia Baraboi

otilia.baraboi@arcsproject.org

Before coming to Seattle in 2000 from Romania, Otilia worked as a literary journalist and published short-fiction, translations and articles. She holds university degrees in French and English literatures from Romania, Switzerland, and the US. She has a Ph.D. on the politics of translation from the University of Washington, where she taught French language and literature for 17 years, and where she is currently co-teaching a course on Romanian literature and film. In 2013, she co-founded ARCS and was President of the Board for five years before accepting the challenge to become ARCS’ first Executive Director. For Otilia, ARCS has been a wonderful opportunity to remain connected with the vibrant culture of her birthplace, while contributing to the artistic and cultural vitality of the Pacific Northwest. As part of her work, Otilia has been managing the Romanian Film Festival in Seattle and ARCS community-based school for Romanian heritage students, as well as more than 80 cultural and educational events over the past 8 years. Her priorities are to create sustainable, community-building programs and partnerships, as well as develop ARCS' brand identity in accordance with its mission and values. Most of all, Otilia hopes that her work will have a direct, long-lasting impact on the ways in which future generations of the Romanian diaspora will define, celebrate and pass on their heritage. Otilia has recently become the President of the Ethnic Heritage Council of the Pacific Northwest where she is looking forward to collaborating with all local community representatives to promote dialogue and mutual understanding across generations, ethnic groups and cultures. 

Ileana Marin

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. 

Elizabeta Iliescu

elizabeta.iliescu@arcsproject.org

Elizabeta Iliescu was born in Northern Romania where she grew up very attached to her grandparents. After high school, she moved to Bucharest where she studied physics and worked for an insurance company. She moved to the US with her family in 2008. The love of being around children made her look for opportunities to work with them. She has an AAS-T Certificate in Early Childhood Careers, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and she is a Washington state certified middle school math teacher.  Elizabeta volunteered and worked in various early childhood education programs and is currently working with Bellevue School District as a teacher substitute. She is also collaborating with Bellevue Library for the program Romanian Story Times / Poveşti româneşti.

 

Oana Ispir

Oana Ispir is a freelance illustrator living and working in Deva, Romania. 

Most of her work revolves around book illustration - for  children or adults and, on occasions, she also draws for magazines, board games, or advertising agencies.

She enjoys exploring new techniques and her favorites so far are  ink, watercolor and pencils when working on paper. For digital works she always starts on paper, sometimes just for sketching and making textures other times just using Photoshop to add color and tweak an almost final drawing.

She enjos living close to nature, so naturally, on her list of favorite subjects are nature, landscape, animals and of course emotions. 

A few personal projects that she loves to explore are printmaking (linocut & monotype) and craft making (embroidery & sculpture). 

Romanian Heritage Language School - Fall 2021

When

Oct. 11 2021 01:00 PM
-
Feb. 18 2022 07:00 PM

Where

online or TBD
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Romanian Film Festival - 8th Edition

When

Nov. 12 2021 07:30 PM
-
Nov. 21 2021 07:30 PM

Where

ONLINE, Northwest Film Forum
Find out more