Hovnanian’s MEGA

Developing emotionally intelligent, critical thinkers with varied perspectives, rooted in a strong foundation in their rich Armenian-American values and identity.

Our philosophy is MEGA

MEGA is a Multi-lingual approach that supports Emotional intelligence to develop Globally-minded leadership through Academic excellence.

Guiding principles

The teaching methods and educational philosophy at Hovnanian School draw on current, proven approaches and techniques developed at some of the most well-respected College and Universities that specialize in education and teacher training, and that have been successfully implemented at model elementary and secondary schools here and abroad. Hovnanian School employs highly qualified teachers and consulting specialists who emphasize personal attention so that each student progresses according to ability, aptitude, and talent.


Student and faculty partnership


Child-centered approach to learning


Support the growth of young people as creative and intellectually curious individuals


Appreciation of each child’s uniqueness


Emphasis on self-discovery and self-expression


Appreciation of each child’s uniqueness


Emphasis on self-discovery and self-expression


Respect for the cognitive, social and emotional aspects of a child’s development


Constructive approach in resolving conflicts


Learning is not linear, neat, structured, and organized. It is messy and filled with trial and error. Through this experimentation, children are led through their journey that gives them the opportunity, support, and space to find their identity as students, citizens, and people. Along a parallel path, teachers are developing professionally and personally as well. Together, they model what it is to be a curious problem solver and leader.


The Early Childhood Program is focused on establishing children’s independence. Learning is wholly experiential, sensory-based, and highly individualized. Student progress and assessments are observation based, requiring an expert level of understanding of early childhood development by our teachers. Checklists and milestones based on research and experience are used as informative guidelines to encourage and support learning. In Early Childhood, socialization is the vehicle for exploring the world.

When students start Lower School, the focus is shifted from their individual needs to collaboration and building community. Learning is discovery. Group work and projects are developmentally appropriate and help children learn their strengths as learners. At this age, they are ready to appreciate the existence and value of varying perspectives and approaches to problem solving. In Lower School, students use their foundations in reading, vocabulary, math, and the scientific process to apply what they have learned independently and expand their understanding of the world.

When students arrive in the Middle School, they combine learning the skills and concepts from their classes with the complexity of thought they have gained from their global perspectives. They have spent years developing and applying leadership skills in various settings. Learning is processing and layering the information in front of them with their own interpretation and creativity. Through project-based learning and student-led inquiry, students learn how to take ownership of their studies and apply critical thinking skills to synthesize knowledge. Learning is interactive, creative, and dynamic.

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