As we approach the new academic year we have thought long and hard on how we can continue to serve our community. Your commitment to the education of your children deserves an equally strong commitment from us. Through changing times as well as unchanging times, we want to continue to be that resource that preserves and shares the cultural history that you and ICEC have consistently provided to our children.
With the health and safety of our students as the first priority, we are committed to continuing the virtual instruction that was successfully implemented at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. With on-going support from you, we are confident that we have a program ready to implement that will be both engaging and meaningful. We have been developing and modifying our curriculum to meet the challenges of virtual learning. Our instructional staff have engaged in additional training specifically designed to address the evolving world of on-line teaching. We are confident that you and your children will reap the rewards of this effort.
At present, the ICEC plan is to begin the year offering virtual instruction for grades 1 and up on Saturdays, starting on Saturday, September 19th. Instructional sessions will be 60 minutes for grades 1 and 2 and 75 minutes for the rest of the classes. A detailed schedule will be imparted via email and ICEC website during the week of September 14th, right after the online registration window that will be from August 27th to September 10th. New students will be invited, through email, for virtual orientation and a short interview on September 12th. For further information regarding the registration, including the tuition please refer to:
Going forward, we continue to monitor and evaluate how we can meet the educational goals of the community. This means, at a minimum, we are in regular contact with the Montgomery County facility managers and should the opportunity to modify our plan and offer in-person teaching arise, we will reconsider our mode of instruction.
Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to share with us your thoughts and suggestions. We value your input and look forward to it.
Looking forward to a great, productive academic year,
ICEC has updated its class curriculum and new information can be found at:
At present, the ICEC plan is to begin the year offering virtual instruction for grades 1 and up on Saturdays, starting on Saturday, September 19th. Instructional sessions will be 60 minutes for grades 1 and 2 and 75 minutes for the rest of the classes. A detailed schedule will be imparted via email and ICEC website during the week of September 14th, right after the online registration window that will be from August 27th to September 10th. New students will be invited, through email, for virtual orientation and a short interview on September 12th.
For further information regarding the registration, including the tuition please refer to:
Click on registration to see the steps.
- login to the site ( login tab on top right side of home page)
- Use your username or email that you used to register with your password
- Use menu on the right of the page to update any information
- click on second menu item on the right to register and pay and add a new student
- Pay on line with Paypal or credit card or come to school on registration day to pay by check
Starting on August 27, 2020, you can follow the steps below to pre- register
- Go to new families link (below) to pre-register
- you need to choose a username and password and an email address for “the primary account owner”. This person can login to see the homework, update the information and receives email from the teacher.
- choose a username and password for each student
- Fill the registration form ( Do not go to the payment section, do not pay)
- Due to COVID-19 we will not have in-person orientation and registration. New students, who wish to join grades one to seven, will be invited to a virtual orientation and interview on Saturday, September 12, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM to finish their registration. ( make sure you check the primary parent’s email and junk mail folder prior to orientation dated)
Each student needs to have an email address, If he/she does not have email address yet, use something like email@example.com to preregister. You can change it when he/she has an email address.
2- Returning Students’ siblings
3- Pre-registered New Families
4- Walking New families
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to sincerely thank all of you for your unwavering support, as we look back on the 2019-2020 academic year and its unique challenges. Your strong role in the education of your children allowed us to continue to stay connected with them and engage them in meaningful learning. This support has its roots in our shared belief in the importance of preserving cultural heritage and passing it onto the next generation to equip them for the real world where cultural awareness is key to peace and prosperity.
Transitioning from face-to-face to virtual instruction would not have been successful without your crucial support and the hard work of our dedicated instructional staff. Once it became evident that Maryland Schools would not open for the remainder of the academic year, the instructional staff, although with little or no experience in online language instruction, welcomed the challenge and worked tirelessly to provide their students with purposeful and engaging learning experiences. In this effort, they also identified and effectively used a variety of online authentic resources to enhance instruction. This resulted in students’ positive response to the new learning environment, as reflected by their perfect to near perfect attendance in most classes. In light of this uplifting experience, we are convinced that regardless of what the Maryland School system may decide in the fall, our community will remain strong and continue to thrive.
Looking forward, Iran Cultural and Educational Center (ICEC), the same as any other educational institution, will take advantage of the summer months to prepare for any possibility, i.e., face-to-face, online, or the combination of face-to-face and online instruction. To this end, summer work will be a combination of teacher training, curriculum refinement, and sample learning plans development as listed below:
- Review and revise the program of studies to make it more adaptable to online instruction;
- Provide the instructional staff with ongoing professional development on learner-centered strategies;
- Identify authentic resources to more effectively integrate culture, content, and language;
- Develop sample learning plans based on World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.
Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to share with us your thoughts and suggestions. We value your input and look forward to it. We will be in touch.
Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, and pleasant summer,
Dear ICEC Family and Friends;
We at ICEC wish you warm regards and hope you are doing well. As we find ourselves adapting to a new (but temporary) lifestyle, we hope that each and every one of you is taking the time to find comfort, joy and love with your family and friends, whether under your roof at home or remotely through technology.
As you may be aware, public schools, and the use of public-school facilities, in Montgomery County continue to be closed until at least April 24, 2020. Consequently, ICEC must continue to suspend classes. At this time, there is no fixed date as to when we may be able to resume classes.
We will provide regular updates as soon as we have more information. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Please be well and be safe.
It is with the greatest of sadness that ICEC announces the heartbreaking news of the death of our friend of School, Mr. Hamid Fadae. He passed away on Friday March 6th after a sudden massive heart attack. On behalf of our community at ICEC, we are sending out to his family, our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy.
Mr. Hamid Fadae will be deeply missed in ICEC, leaving behind only those fond memories. He always celebrated life and enjoyed it to the fullest. His positive outlook on life was most admirable, even contagious some would say. He always had a smile for everyone and was highly regarded by everyone who ever had the opportunity to meet him.
This is truly a great loss to our ICEC school and to our community as a whole. He will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Three cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Maryland. Maryland Governor Hogan declares state of emergencies. Here are some useful links for your information:
Baltimore CBS local news
Montgomery County Health and Human Services
Cancellation of ICEC Nowruz Program, March 7th, 2020
The impact of the coronavirus outbreak worldwide and especially in Iran is evident.
It’s difficult to predict the wider impact the coronavirus will have in the weeks to come. Nonetheless, we must take into consideration the recommendations of the WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (U.S. Center for Disease Control). In addition, we consider the recommendations of these organizations in light of the likelihood that members of our community may have recently traveled to places of higher risk for the virus.
Consequently, it is with great regret and the utmost regard for safety of our Children and community members, that ICEC has an obligation to cancel the upcoming Nowruz Program scheduled for March 7, 2020.
We wish to thank all Organizers, Parents, extracurricular activities leaders,
Volunteers, Teachers, Students, and Vendors for their outstanding efforts and collaboration in preparation of our Nowruz Program.
Happy and healthy Nowruz to all,
Due to severe weather condition, ICEC is closed on Saturday January 18, 2020.