The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the largest Armenian non-profit organization worldwide. Established in 1906, and based in New York, it operates 15 Elementary and secondary schools in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Australia. These schools are key components of their respective communities, and they are actively involved and contribute to the cultural and social life of their members.
In Lebanon, for the past 90 years, the AGBU Schools have served our community, providing quality education to thousands of distinguished individuals, scholars and entrepreneurs. The Tarouhy Hagopian School for Girls was founded in 1939 and the Hovagimian Manougian School for Boys was founded in 1947. These schools grew over the years to become two prominent high schools with state of the art campuses. They were the first to adopt the Lebanese certificate and baccalaureate programs and were recognized for their high academic standards. Their graduates were readily accepted to universities and colleges. The Levon G. Nazarian and Boghos K. Garmirian elementary and middle schools were established in 1962 and 1974 respectively as co-ed elementary schools. During the 2018-2019 academic year, these schools were consolidated in the renovated Antelias campus, under the name “AGBU Schools in Lebanon”.
In continuation of this rich history and tradition of excellence, we strive to provide a complete educational experience for our learners to help them reach their potential. Our school consists of classes from nursery to grade 12, with three sub-sections: LS, GS and SE sections. Beginning with the Kindergarten classes, we use a holistic approach to implement the Lebanese National Curriculum, teaching Arabic, English and French along with Armenian, in a manner that ensures a conceptual, integrated and enriched learning experience for our young. We have a long history of helping students achieve excellent results on national (the Lebanese Baccalaureate) and international (SAT) levels. We believe that it is our duty to encourage students of all capacities to venture towards academic excellence; we want them to become successful and responsible citizens in this ever-changing world.
All classes are recently renovated, featuring new desks and chairs, heating and cooling systems, active boards and computers. Our children regularly enjoy the luxury of the AGBU professional football and basketball fields.
Through our uniquely designed Character Education and Life Skills program, we help our learners develop values related to respect, integrity, responsibility and belongingness. At the same time, we focus heavily on the acquisition of 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, management of personal financial affairs and leadership. In the lower elementary classes and through the iPad-iLearn initiative, our students use interactive eBooks downloaded on their individual iPads to study Mathematics, Arabic, English, French, Science and Social Studies.
Our school takes pride in the various Career Guidance and Orientation activities, including the Shadow Day and the Career Day, which are organized to help students choose suitable majors and career paths. We also provide engaging opportunities in order to help our learners grow and develop, including academic, sport, performance and creative arts, as well as self-discovery and personal development activities.
We are very proud of our rich past of traditions and achievements, and we continue to uphold our pledge to preserve our identity and culture, enrich the lives of our children and inspire hope for a better future.
In this website, we are pleased to share with you some of our rich history, as well as our current and enduring efforts to build upon our Schools' memorable legacy. It is a privilege to welcome you to our learning community.