It is governed by a volunteer board of directors and primarily financed through donations. Tax ID 94-2459753.
The Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School (CKACS) is committed to academic excellence by providing a comprehensive standards-based educational program while creating a healthy, moral and safe environment for our students to thrive for 39 years. Focusing on 40!
Currently 112 students attend CKACS, from 2 years old in the Pre-Kindergarten classes, through 6th grade. Qualified teachers assist each student to excel and develop to his or her potential. Class sizes are held to a maximum of 20 students. Extended Day Care is provided until 5:30 p.m.
Our beautiful campus is located on Villa Avenue between Herndon and Sierra in Clovis, California, adjacent to Fresno. Each classroom is housed in comfortable portable classrooms. Each of the K-6th grade classrooms have a Promethean Board which is utilized by teachers and students. The 5th and 6th grade students have laptops to enhance their instruction. Each of the other classrooms has at least three desktops for students to use. There is a large playground on the campus with a soccer field, volleyball court and large play and exercise apparatus. The Mirigian Library is connected to Library World and our volunteer librarians check out books, read stories and direct activities with all students on a weekly basis.
Classroom instruction is in English. There are qualified Armenian language teachers (both Eastern and Western Armenian) who visit the classroom each day for 45 minutes to one hour of Armenian language and culture lessons. All students participate in weekly choral and instrumental music lessons with qualified instructors. The students also take part in an art program once per week, taught by an art instructor. Christian Education is taught weekly, as well. Our After School Academics and Enrichment classes enrich the knowledge and experience of students.
The school nutrition program serves delicious hot meals every day. The menu is planned with the help of a nutritionist and is evaluated each month to make sure children are eating a healthy meal each day.
Students participate in the Private School Spelling Bee, CSU Fresno Peach Blossom Festival, and numerous community events. The CKACS Student Council plans activities for all students throughout the year. They learn how to plan and execute many enjoyable events for the student body.
Parents are an integral part of the CKACS program. There is an "Open Door" policy for all parents to take part in Back to School Night, Parent Conferences, Parent Participation Hours, Parent Forums, Annual Assembly, and numerous major fund raisers (e.g., Holiday Gift Packs, New Year’s Eve Party, Crab Feed, Annual Banquet, Heritage Night, International Night, etc.) Parents are always welcome, and encouraged, to visit the classrooms as often as they would like.
The CKACS Board of Education, composed of nine members from the community, are elected for three year terms to oversee the school facility and programs. Along with the school principal, they bring their respective talents to serve the needs to sustain and improve the quality of educational services to the student body.
Supporting the school is the Parent Teacher Club, which involves most of the parents of students in school fundraisers and activities. The Women’s League is an auxiliary fundraising and volunteer cadre of women from the community which supports the school financially, and by volunteering their time. Our active alumni support the school in numerous ways throughout the year.