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Plano Tamil School was formally awarded accreditation by AdvancEd becoming one of the first Indian Language School in Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex to receive this coveted honor from AdvancEd Accreditation Commission.

We thank the the teachers, staff, students, parents and all the well wishers of Sastha Tamil Foundation Family for their support throughout this process. The journey continues and we at Plano Tamil School are committed to ongoing excellence and continuous improvements in partnership with all key stakeholders.

Plano Tamil School was founded in 2001 with just seven students at a dining table. Over a decade later, we have well over 250 students in 8 Levels. Plano Tamil School is a subsidiary of Sastha Tamil Foundation (STF), a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Plano Tamil School is a 100% volunteer run organization, with over 50 volunteers as teachers, facilitators and administrators.

Plano Tamil School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Our initial goal was to get children to speak in Tamil to their parents and grandparents and to read basic signs in Tamil. To meet the specific needs of children growing up in the U.S., and to provide quality Tamil Language education to our younger generation, we tailored our own curriculum. Hence, we focused on reading, writing, speaking, and singing in Tamil. We also focus on Iyal, Isai, Nadagam (Literature, Music, & Drama). We conduct presentations every six weeks for children to practice their public speaking skills. We have yearly Annual Day performances that encourage children to speak in Tamil, and learn our Tamil culture through plays.

After we witnessed an exponential growth and demand for learning Tamil, we have started several new projects and broadened our goals. Our new vision is to empower the next generation to take Tamil to future generations.

We now have our very own Tamil library with almost 1000 Tamil books, and we encourage reading habits for our children, through the reading club. We conduct Thirukurral competitions to encourage our children to learn life lessons through our rich Tamil literature. We not only focus on Thirukkural, but also conduct competitions for both children and adults in Tamil Speech, Katturai & Avvaiyaar's songs: Aathichudi, Kondraivendhan, Moodurai & Nalvalzhi.

In an effort to unify Tamil education across the United States, Plano Tamil School has joined American Tamil Academy and is now in the process of becoming accredited. This will enable Plano Tamil School students to get foreign language credit in their Texas High Schools. In the upcoming years, Plano Tamil School will be ready to provide a foreign language certificate through the University of Pennsylvania for college foreign language credits via American Tamil Academy.

What sets us apart

We are able to provide individual attention because of our approximate 5:1 student to staff ratio. We work with children and parents who are non-native Tamil speakers. We take extra care for special needs children. Each child is reviewed one on one, by teachers, prior to their public speaking presentations twice a year. As a result, we have improved pronunciation and articulation in verbal communication from our students. Our most unique and irreplaceable assets are our volunteers. Amongst our volunteers, we have Doctors, PhDs, Professors, Engineers, Montessori trained and Special Needs trained individuals. Their passion for Tamil , and willingness to serve is what drives Plano Tamil School and Sastha Tamil Foundation.

School Board Members

Director

Mrs. Visalakshi Velu

Deputy Director

Mrs. Rajeswari Prabhakaran

Treasurer

Mr. Velu Raman

Secretary

Mr. Sriram Krishnan

Course Director 1

Dr. Prabhakaran Balakrishnan

Course Director 2

Mr. Jaishankar Natesan

Venue Coordinator

Mr. Umamahesh Iyer

Website

Mr. ArunKumar Ponnusamy

Board Members

  1. Mr. Venkatesan Ellappan
  2. Mrs. Hemamalini Gnanavel
  3. Dr. Chitra Mahesh
  4. Mrs. Uma Muthiah
  5. Mr. Subramoniam SubbiahPillai
  6. Mr. Muthiah Subhash
  7. Ms. Ramya Velu

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Activities

  • ATA Implementation & Accreditation
  • 6th Week Presentations
  • Kids Speaking on Local Tamil Radio
  • Annual Day Celebration
  • Tamil Library
  • PTS Reading Program
  • Adult Reading Club - Vaasagar Vattam
  • Weekly Newsletter - Vaaram Oru Thuli
  • Plano Tamil School Blog / Publications

Mission & Vision

The mission of Plano Tamil School is to provide quality education to students in a safe and orderly environment, to prepare them to read, write and speak the Tamil language by following a best in class curriculum, to transform the students in to effective communicators in spoken and literary Tamil and to create future leaders and torch bearers of Tamil language.

The vision of Plano Tamil School is to be a leading provider of quality education in Tamil language and to be a Platform for Students, Teachers and the Tamil Speaking community to Protect, Promote and Preserve the richness of Tamil language and culture.

Founders

Visalakshi Velu Trained as a Montessori teacher, with Bachelors in Education, Visalakshi Velu started Plano Tamil School. With her background in teaching spiritual education classes, and a passion for teaching young children, she harbored the growth of Plano Tamil School from scratch...

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Velu Raman is a visionary in the Tamil community. With Plano Tamil School being the initial seed, Velu Raman expanded his service multi-dimensionally by starting Sastha Tamil Foundation, the first independent non-profit Tamil organization in the DFW area. Being born in a rural village in Tamil Nadu, India...

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