Bulgarian School

Bulgarian School ‘Otets Paisii’ welcomes students to the winter/spring 2019 school year!

Our school has been accredited by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and follows the officially-approved curriculum and materials for Bulgarian schools abroad. This is our third year in operation as an accredited school. We welcome new students and are hoping to continue to grow our family and keep the Bulgarian culture alive!

Based on the child’s age and Bulgarian language proficiency, we have established 3 Bulgarian language groups – pre-school, 1st grade, and 3rd grade.  An additional group focusing on dancing was formed for students with advanced dancing backgrounds who want to continue learning Bulgarian dance.  The two teachers – Vanya Zankina (Bulgarian language) and Sasho Zankin (Bulgarian dance) have extensive backgrounds in teaching and have been leading the students for over a decade.

The school provides textbooks and other educational material needed for the classes.  In addition, interactive presentations are used during class time to enhance the connection with the students.

To sign up for the upcoming school year, please click here to fill out the form and mail it to BMNECC, 449 West 8th Avenue, West Homestead PA 15120. Or, send an email to BGSchoolPITT@gmail.com by December 12, 2018 with the following information:

  • Name of the student(s) (English spelling)
  • Name of the student(s) (Bulgarian spelling)
  • Student(s) date of birth
  • Brief description of their Bulgarian language proficiency level (for new students only).
  • Parents contact information (email and telephone number)

Groups meet every Sunday (times listed below)
Winter/Spring Semester: Jan 6 – May 19, 2019

Groups and Meeting Times

Pre-school (Ages 3+)
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Bulgarian Language + Dance
This group is appropriate for beginner learners. Classes will focus on mastering the basics of Bulgarian language and dances.

1st grade (Ages 6+)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bulgarian Language + Dance
This group is appropriate for children who know the Bulgarian alphabet and can speak some Bulgarian.  Classes will focus on mastering reading, writing and speaking in Bulgarian.  Children in this group will also have a chance to learn more advanced dance techniques. Note: this is the second part of the 1st grade material started in 2017-2018 school year.

3rd grade (Ages 9+)
11:00 am – 2:30pm
Bulgarian Language + Dance
This group is appropriate for students who are able to speak, read and write in Bulgarian.
Students in this group also participate in Shareni Chorapi (see below).

Shareni Chorapi (Ages 9+)
Bulgarian Dance ONLY
11:00 am – 12:30pm
Children in this group will focus on advanced Bulgarian dances. It is ideal that children in this groups have had prior exposure to dancing (Bulgarian or otherwise).

Tuition Costs per Semester

$200 for one child per family
$360 for two children per family (save $40)
$500 for three children per semester (save $100)

You can make your check payable to BMNECC, Inc. (note “tuition”) and mail it to BMNECC, 449 West 8th Avenue, West Homestead, PA 1512o.

You can also make a secure payment online. Click below.

Cost Per Child per Family

All classes are taught by Vanya Zankina and Aleksandar Zankin. Click here to read their profiles.

Click here for information on Bulgarian dance and language classes for adults.