Our Mission

Bulgarian Education Center is established in 2015 as independent non-profit organization to provide classes to children with interests in learning Bulgarian language, culture, traditions, music, national holidays, History and Geography. By teaching students their mother's language and getting to know other culture and traditions, the Bulgarian School on Nantucket helps them develop a strong sense of belonging which is substantial in finding a place in the world in the future. BEC preserves language, national culture and personal identity. We are ready to take part in all activities that benefit the whole island community. A great challenge was finding a space to rent for the classes, setting up the organization as a legal entity and obtaining the appropriate insurance, not to forget creating learning plans for all ages depending on their language level.

In October 2015 IRS issued a determination letter, recognizing Bulgarian Education Center Co., Inc. as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3).

The school is officially licensed by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science as of August 2016.

On November 1st, 2016, Bulgarian National Enlighteners' Day, the day when we honor the founders of Bulgarian Education and Culture, Bulgarian School on Nantucket became a member of the Association of Bulgarian Schools Abroad! We were warmly welcomed by the Board of the Association and were very excited to join efforts with them in order to keep preserving the Bulgarian literacy, language, and culture on the island!

Bulgarian language is now accepted as a foreign language in the program 'Seal of Biliteracy' in Massachusetts. The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes bilingual students and provides universities and employers with a method to identify and give credits to them! Since 2023 the Bulgarian School on Nantucket is an official administrative center and a host in Cape & islands area to provide an exam with Sofia University in Bulgaria so the students are able to certify knowledge and proficiency in Bulgarian language and to obtain a Seal of Biliteracy.

The Bulgarian School on Nantucket became a fact thanks to the whole-hearted trust and unconditional support of our students' parents. Together, we have created a warm, professional and loving learning environment for our children. We are very proud of what we have done and are committed to working towards improvement every day. Our greatest reward is our students' desire and satisfaction of coming to school every Saturday and leaving with a smile.

When there is love, there is a success too! Our reward is our kids' smile, willing to learn and enthusiasm.

The ReMain Nantucket Fund helped our island Bulgarian students visit NYC. They visited the United Nations Building, The Bulgarian Consulate General and other significant city landmarks! Thanks for being great island ambassadors!
Community Foundation for Nantucket
Bulgarian Dancers and Gymnasts are bringing down the house!
an event @ the Whaling Museum
Lots of once in a lifetime opportunities for students!
Kimberly Kubisch,
Principal, Nantucket Elementary School
Since my daughter has started the Bulgarian school and being a student at the Public Schools as well, she has been at a good academic standing in both schools. She reads and writes in English and Bulgarian and proves that a student can be bilingual!
Gergana Neykova,
Director, Bulgarian Education Center
Thank you for the organization, dedication, desire and time you spent, for our and our children's smiles, happiness and memories!
Hristina Shopova,
Mother of Alex and Sianna Nicole
Many thanks to all at the Bulgarian Education Center for your hard work and dedication, for teaching our children how to read and write in Bulgarian, familiarizing them with the Bulgarian traditions and customs, teaching them to love and cherish the Bulgarian culture and folk dances. Our daughter is eager to learn and loves to go to Bulgarian School on Saturdays. We appreciate everything that you do. Keep up the good work.
Valia and Tony,
Biliana's mom and dad
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Great! You have created lifetime memories for them! I am happy you sent us so many photos and made us part of your journey!
Valeria Dountcheva,
Office Manager, Bookkeeper
It was an absolute pleasure working with all of you! Simply stated, this event would have been significantly less meaningful were it not for your excellent work. Thank you.
James Russell, Gosnell Executive Director, Nantucket Historical Association
I would like to thank the organization and all teachers for the care our children receive, for picking them up and dropping off for school and dance classes and for the patience to all parents :)!
Desi Anguelova,
Mother of Alec and Emma Anguelov
There is no point if only one or two students attend classes!
Bogdana Krachunova,
Owner, Bogdana Upholstery
I love going to the Bulgarian Education Center on Saturday because I love learning all the right grammar, and words, and how to spell the correct way. I love to go because I learn how to become a better reader and I also learn about the Bulgarian culture and history. I get to get together with my friends and practice writing in Bulgarian. It is important to me to learn Bulgarian because at home that's all my parents speak to me, and when I go to see my grandparents and relatives, I can speak to them in Bulgarian because they don't understand English. It also is important to know how to read it, because I won't be able to read Bulgarian stories, or be able to read the newspapers in my grandma's house. A special thanks to everyone at the Bulgarian Education Center!
Biliana Dountcheva,
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