Hellenic-American Educational Foundation

The educational and pedagogical philosophy of the College is reflected in the “Mission Statement of the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation” :

“The mission of the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation is to provide, by international standards, the highest quality education to the most deserving candidates and to cultivate in its students those habits of mind, body, and spirit necessary for responsible citizenship in Greece and the world; moral courage, intellectual discipline, compassion, and an unswerving devotion to justice and truth.

Our goal is to instill in our students, by teaching and by example, a strong sense of measure.  We seek thereby to secure in them the bond between learning and judgment and the affiliation of intelligence and responsibility. Thus do we honor the enduring values embodied in the tradition of both Greece and America.  Thus do we cultivate a deep respect for the Greek heritage in all its richness and its complexities.”

The primary means of achieving these goals are:

  • Emphasis on developing creativity and the ability to think critically.
  • Harmonious synthesis of humanistic education with technology and of our cultural traditions with global, intellectual and educational trends.
  • Familiarization with modern research techniques and development of skills for pursuing the in-depth study of specific disciplines.
  • Development of individual initiative and freedom, balanced with social responsibility and team spirit.

HAEF’s  goals are achieved by:

  • Supplementing and enriching the Ministry of Education’s prescribed curriculum.
  • Applying contemporary teaching methods and approaches, focusing on the active participation of students, broad use of the library and the labs, and the diversity of textbooks.
  • Fostering and promoting role models and intellectual, social and moral values.
  • Offering a plethora of extracurricular activities, such as student clubs, student publications, collaborative programs with schools from abroad, participation in international educational events and European Union programs, etc.
  • Continuing traditions and institutions that have been in place for decades at HAEF: debate and forensics competitions, awards, and Student Communities (which familiarize students with the democratic process, encourage their active involvement in the community, and promote social awareness).