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Russian Education in Virginia

This page contains information about Russian education for children (and, occasionally, adults) in Virginia. While most instruction occurs in the Russian language, some programs may offer instruction in English. Descriptions of these schools were written by the groups themselves. Please contact the school or institution directly for the most up-to-date information, as programs may change.

If your program or institution is not listed here and you would like to see it on this page, please use the Contact Us! form to let us know.

Kindergarten and Early Education Programs

The Metaphor Academic Center for Russian Language and Culture

This center, with two campuses in Falls Church, aims to preserve linguistic and cultural traditions for Virginia’s Russian-speaking population, as well as introduce Americans to Russia’s rich historical heritage. The center offers classes daily (except Sunday), for students in pre-kindergarten through early elementary school, and holds camps in the winter, spring, and summer. Typical classes include Russian language, speech, art, theater, music, mathematics, and chess.

To contact the school directly, send a message to schoolmetaphor@gmail.com.

Rainbow Early Learning Center

This center in Alexandria offers child care and early education services for infants and children of all ages. Daily programs include instruction in Russian language and literature, art, music, mathematics, science, physical education, English language, and dance. Weekend programs for children ages 5-12 include instruction in Russian language and literature, the arts, and outdoor activities.

The Russian Kids House

This women-owned, private, bilingual school serves students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. Both campuses in Reston and Fairfax  offer daycare and programs for preschoolers; the campus in Reston also offers an age school for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. After-school and summer programs for students through age 13 are also available.

Elementary and Secondary Education Programs

The Russian School in Ashburn

This school in Loudon County focuses on teaching language and literature, but also teaches mathematics and logic. Classes are offered for students from ages 5 to 15+ at varying levels of difficulty.

The Virginia Russian Academy

This academy in Falls Church offers classes in Russian language, literature, music, speech, math, theater, and art to students from age 3 to adult. Class schedules vary, with some offered on weekends. The academy also offers a summer camp for children ages 3-16.

For the English version of the site, click here.

Miscellaneous Education Programs

The Academy of Russian Ballet

This academy in Manassas is one of northern Virginia’s most prestigious ballet schools, and offers classes year-round. Most classes are held on weekday evenings, though some are offered on weekends and weekday afternoons. All levels of ballet are offered, as well as tap, jazz, lyrical dance, and conditioning. Summer programs for children ages 3-11+ may include Russian language instruction.

Perspectiva School

This school in Herndon offers Russian language instruction at all levels for students ages 2-17, especially high school students studying for the Advanced Placement Russian language examination. Aside from Russian language, courses are offered in art, dance and movement, gymnastics, theater, critical thinking, and English language. Preschool and early education classes for children ages 2-5 focus on language, mathematics, writing, art, logic, and music. After-school programs are also available.

Russian4Kids

This school in Reston began as an after-school program for Russian-speaking elementary school students, and has since expanded to include a weekend Russian language school for ages 4-16, a weekday preschool program for children ages 3 & 4 and 4 & 5, and group and individual language lessons for teenagers and adults.

The Russian Educational Center of Virginia

The Russian Educational Center of Virginia  welcomes anyone who is familiar with or wants to discover Russian culture. Our center serves different age groups with the primary goal of introducing and maintaining interest in Russian language and cultural heritage. Our goals are to educate and provide essential support for learning Russian language and build new friendships within Russian community.

The Center offers the “Teremok” School of Early Childhood Development for children ages 2-14. Saturday classes and summer camps are offered for all ages, and day school is offered for ages 2-5.

A separate educational class schedule for children and adults may be found here.

The Russian Music Academy of America

This academy in Centreville, which combines Russian and American teaching traditions, offers piano lessons and instruction for children and adults at all levels in musical theory and history, jazz, and popular music. Also offered are ensemble training, master classes, and voice lessons, and the academy sponsors choirs for both children and adults.

The Russian School of Mathematics in Reston

This after-school program serves students in the northern area of Virgina, focusing on Arlington, Fairfax and Loudon counties and the city of Falls Church. Most classes are held on weekday afternoons or evenings, but several are held on weekends. Classes range in ages from pre-kindergarten to high school. Online courses (and locations nationwide) are also available.

Synetic Theater

This theater in Crystal City (Arlington) offers studio classes in fitness, acting, pantomime, dance, and technique, tailored for children, teenagers, and adults. Classes change throughout the seasons, so be sure to check their studio page for the most current information. Day camps for children in grades K-5 are occasionally offered, and summer camps for children ages 6-14 are regularly offered.

Clubs and Organizations

Descriptions of these clubs and organizations were written by the groups themselves. Please contact individual groups for the most up-to-date information.

Russian Speakers of Richmond Meet-Up                                                    Meet local Russian language and culture lovers! Have fun practicing, learning new phrases and sentences and finally understanding those verb conjugations! All ages and levels welcome.

Russian Club and Culture (The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech)
The Russian Club and Culture is an organization for students or anybody in the Blacksburg area interested in the Russian language or culture.

To be added to the Russian Club listserv please e-mail James Flanagan, President of the Russian Club, using the link above (scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Russian”).

Russian Club at Ferrum
Russian Club (scroll down the page to find the club listing) – Welcomes interest and membership from any Ferrum College student. The club attends performances highlighting Russian art, song, dance, culture, and speakers. Club members also become familiar with traditional Russian songs and dances, Russian arts and crafts, present performances, and hold workshops on these topics.

Russian Club at Old Dominion University: As of January 9, 2017, this club was defunct.

The Russian House at William and Mary                                                        The Russian House offers weekly Russian tea hours, tutoring, and monthly parties. If you have questions about Russian grammar and phonetics, culture, holidays, and traditions, the Russian House is the place to come. If you are a native speaker and you feel your Russian is rusty, you will find interesting conversation and games in the Russian House. Check their Facebook page (linked above) for information on current events.

Russian Music Ensemble at William and Mary                                            The Russian Music Ensemble serves to educate interested members of the W&M community about Russian folk music and how to perform it. The ensemble regularly rehearses folk songs from Russia and other eastern European countries with the intention of performing at various events during the year. For more information, contact russianmusic@email.wm.edu, or check their Facebook page, which is linked above.

Russian Tea at University of Virginia
Russian tea and conversation events are held on a bi-weekly basis in New Cabell Hall 236. Students, faculty, staff, and community members of all proficiency levels come together for Russian conversation practice, while enjoying tea and treats! Events tend to revolve around central themes, including holiday celebrations, student exhibitions, poetry readings, humor, and music. Be sure to follow the official Facebook for announcements about upcoming discussion topics and events:  https://www.facebook.com/UVaRussianTea/

Please contact Maria Bakatkina at msb4wq@virginia.edu for additional information.

Slavic Student Association at University of Virginia
Slavic Student Association at UVA is a union of students who share a similar cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, or interest in Slavic, Eastern European, and CIS languages and cultures. Although we only include Slavic in our name for simplicity, we represent a large variety of cultures and languages ranging from those of Eastern European countries to those of CIS and other former Soviet Union states.
 Our goal is to get to know each other, have fun events, and provide a home base of people who share the same interests and background!

 Please contact Jacob Cash using the link above for additional information.