The Greek Language School is part of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Buffalo, New York. It is the second longest running Greek School in New York State and one of the oldest in the United States. Founded in 1916 by George Phillies, today the school continues its tradition and dedication to teaching the Greek language, history, culture and arts in Buffalo and Western New York. The students attending the school range in age from four (Pre-Kindergarten Class) to 13 years old (Regents Class) and are all of Greek decent. Classes are currently taught by five Faculty and two substitute teachers. Students are taught how to speak, read and write in Greek. They are also taught modern Greek history and are immersed in the Greek culture and customs by actively participating in a variety of traditional celebrations throughout the school year.  

Learning Greek in a primarily English-spoken environment is of great educational value and academic importance for the young individuals attending our school. Greek is the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages, spoken primarily in Greece and has over 3,500 years of written documented history. This is the longest of any living Indo-European language! The writing system is the Greek alphabet that arose from the Phoenician script and subsequently served as the foundation of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and other writing systems. Greek roots often serve as the source of new words for other languages, and the primary foundation for international scientific vocabulary along with Latin. Neologisms present in almost every modern Western language such as teléfono, televisión, dinosaurio etc. all stem from Greek. Due to this, individuals who know Greek can easily and proficiently learn other foreign languages that belong to the extended Indo-European language family (i.e. Spanish, Italian). Knowing Greek also provides a competitive advantage in the study and understanding of terms related to medicine, science and philosophy. Many of the foundational texts in science and Western philosophy, such as the Platonic dialogues and the works of Aristotle, were written in Greek. The New Testament of the Christian Bible was written in Koiné Greek, the latter representing the basis for Medieval and Modern Greek.

For those interested to bring their children to our school, regular classes are held on Saturday mornings at the Family Life Center in Lancaster (Address: 5992 Genesee Street, Lancaster, NY) from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information about our classes and programs, please contact the Principal of the school, Dr. Maria Tsompana at or call the church office at 716-882-9485. You can also find us on Facebook:



Angela Klentos,, 716-984-5051
Sylvia Koutsomitis,, 716-868-1414
Group 1
Litsa Koutsandreas,
Group 2 and Group 3
Dr. Maria Tsompana,, 716-906-0603
Dr. Jane Demopoulos,, 585-478-8481
Substitute Teacher
Dr. Rita Alevriadou, rita.alevriadou@gmail.com614-271-7159
Substitute Teacher
Chris Doumtsis Stroze,, 716-783-0785
Greek Dance
Niki Varvakis,, 716-432-1018



Principal Priest: Rev. Dr. Christos B. Christakis
Principal: Dr. Maria Tsompana
PTO Treasurer: Tim Klentos


2020-2021 STUDENT ROLL


  1. Leonidas Koutsandreas
  2. Matthaio Albarran
  3. Isla Czaskowski 
  4. Markos Albarran
  5. Kolokotronas
  6. Marcos Ikonomou
  7. Leandros Ikonomou


  1. Alexandros Koutsandreas
  2. Lambros Apostolopoulos
  3. Leontios Kollidas
  4. Michael Stroze

Group 1

  1. Theodora Apostolopoulos 
  2. Emiliano Ikonomou
  3. Gia Klentos

Group 2

  1. Anastasia Anastasopoulos 
  2. Alexis Stroze    

Group 3

  1. George Varvakis 
  2. George Klentos 
  3. Vasili-Evan Klentos 
  4. Christopher Tsulos 
  5. Demetre Buck 


  1. Denise Dimopoulos
  2. Isabella Buck