Our Mission Statement
Persian Cultural Center Inc. / Iranian Community School was founded in 1986. As a non-profit, non-political, educational entity we are dedicated to the language, culture, history, literature, music, and art of Iran for the young and adult residents of the greater Washington DC Metropolitan area.
Our organization is formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code; non-profit- non-political organization.
It is our mission to make every family welcome, and part of our Persian School family. Our team, not only teaches language and celebrates Iranian culture but also, we strive to provide a community that stands for teamwork. We aim to create a positive and fulfilling environment in which we are respectful of individuals and all cultural backgrounds.
Our purpose is for the school to be a pillar for Iranian culture and to establish a sanctuary for Iranian-American students and parents.
It is our privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and try to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.
History of Iranian Community SchoolThrough the untiring efforts of founder Mrs. Deyhimi, the Iranian Community School started its activity in spring of 1986. The first Persian language classes were given in her home with just two students.The enrollment quickly grew to six, then sixteen after just six months of classes.
She then moved the classes from her home to Pimmit Hill Center of Fairfax County, then to St. Luke Church in McLean and then to Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna and finally to our current location in 311 Maple Avenue in Vienna. The school has greatly expanded its activities to meet the needs of its students. Now, the Iranian Community School is in the enviable position of demand exceed available space and potential expansion in its current site.The organization is formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Any donation (not tuition) is tax-deductible as a charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law.
Mehregan (Fall) Festival:
Mehr جشن مهر Mithra Festival) is a Zoroastrian and Persian festival celebrated to honor the yazata Mithra (Persian: Mehr), which is responsible for friendship, start of harvesting season, affection and love. It is also widely referred to as the Persian Festival of Autumn.
The school Mehregan celebration will be held on Saturday, October 27th, 2018. It will take place at the school parking lot . We will set up tables and seating for our guests. We will hold a potluck, everyone is welcome to bring in an Iranian dish to share. We want to celebrate a real traditional Mehregan which shows how it was anciently celebrated. On October 27th Farsi classes will not take place. The event will be at 11am- 4 pm. We ask that parents, children, and friends participate in the event, and invite their friends to join. Our staff and event committee is planning an exciting event filled with persian dance, performances, and music.
Fall Semester Class Schedule and Enrollment
The fall semester classes begin September 1st 2018- December 1st 2018 for the duration of 13 weeks. Classes are on Saturdays and will take place from 9-12, 12-3, and 3-6. Sunday group classes are no longer offered as an option. Please visit the school for registration before classes are full.
Tuition as it was before, $350 for one student, $630 for two students of the same family, for the span of one semester, 3 months.
Holidays and days off will be posted under calendar on the school website. Students will not be charged on Holidays. Snow days will also be emailed out and a makeup class will be scheduled to catch up. We do not follow all the Holidays and breaks of Fairfax County Public Schools.
Conversation group class
Group conversation classes will take place on Saturdays from 3-4 for younger students up until adults, all ages welcome. The classes must be up to 5 students for them to take place. Tuition is $200 for 10 sessions.
Credit Exams for World Language
Students who have reached a higher level in Farsi reading and writing skills are encouraged to test for their language credits which will set them ahead in the long run. Counting for both high school and college credits in their future.
The new piano class under the expertise of Miss Anahita Khorsandi, our school piano instructor will take place at our school every day of the week, offering both group and private classes, ages 5 and up. Anahita, has established Ava’s Music School, offering many instruments and lessons for interested students.
Other than workbooks and worksheets, Students will delve into learning about culture and geography along with new curriculum, Teachers will spend the last 40 minutes of class working on this new curriculum every week.
Break down of our 3-hour schedule
9-10:15 Focus on Reading and Writing
10:15-10:45 Break Time and Pizza
10:45 -11:15 Speaking
11:15- 12:00 Story Time and working on New curriculum
The school has 12 highly educated and well experienced teachers which are all prepared for this new academic year. Mrs. Asieh Adil Soltani, school principal, and Sarah Kolyani assistants are at your service anytime of the school day.
Hours of Operation
The school is open everyday from 11:00-3 and Saturdays from 9:00-6:00. You can reach us by phone anytime of the week at (703)608-3316 or (703)255-4726.
Group dance classes for youth and adults will be under the supervision of Mrs. Melick, a member of the Silk Road Dance Company have started and Students are preparing for our Mehregan Celebration in October. Classes are held on Saturdays at the Vienna Community Center near the school. Feel free to visit the school office for registration.
On the 13th class in the semester students will test on all the curriculum they have covered through the semester and given a report card to record their scores.
We have redesigned our office and classrooms to become a cleaner and more studious environment for us all. From Kindergarten till 7th grade our educational committee has placed new storybooks, history books and other textbooks specific to their levels in their classrooms. Which students will have access to and if they would like to, they may sign out and borrow the books to continue studying at home.
Miss Sona Maher will be establishing a painting class, ages 4 and up. Classes must be filled by 5 students to take place. Students in this class will be familiarized with basic skills and methods to flourish. They will take place Saturdays from 3-4:00 pm. Tuition is $150 for 10 sessions.
Persian New Year
Our New Year celebration will take place in March 2019.
More specific details will be sent out on the matter of all the events above when we come closer to the events.