In 1984 a dream thought by some to be unattainable, became a reality when St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) opened its doors with eight students at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center in Watertown, Massachusetts.

With nearly 170 students, the school continues to grow for one simple reason, we have created a unique learning environment that combines the best of American education with a strong foundation in Armenian culture and language. The school’s accreditation in 2003 by the Association of Independent Schools in New England confirmed that we hold ourselves to high standards and are in compliance with the best practices of AISNE’s accreditation protocols. I am also proud of something that cannot be measured: our students are especially confident, curious and eager to learn. This is the result of our low student to teacher ratio and our talented and committed teachers who nurture and encourage every one of our students to perform to their full potential. SSAES is a traditional yet contemporary independent school that incorporates traditional values and state of the art teaching practices.

The success of our alumni in their post SSAES educational endeavors is a testament to their strong foundations set in a well-rounded education and development of strong study skills in an ever-changing world. The close bonds that our students develop with each other at St. Stephen’s continue long after their graduation, another intangible quality of our school that I am extremely proud of.

Please explore our website to learn more about our school and its offerings. I encourage you also to visit our campus to witness outstanding education in action and experience for yourself what makes SSAES truly special.


Houry Boyamian, M.Ed.


47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472

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