Brief History

Nestled in the UNESCO – Mazraa area, Collège Saint Elie Btina stands as a cornerstone of education, affiliated with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Beirut and operating under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Elias Audi.

Rooted in a vision set forth by the late Eminence Metropolitan Elia Al Salibi, our institution was established in 1953 by a collective of visionaries from Mazraa and Msaytbeh. These pioneers recognized the need for an educational hub catering to the Greek Orthodox youth of the locality. Repurposing the Saint Elie Monastery, they laid the foundation for our esteemed institution.

The inaugural Board of Trustees, comprising luminaries such as Dr. Habib Chehadeh, Esq. Edward Hnein, and Dr. Emile Salamoun, alongside others, appointed Mr. Halim Michel Nohra, later known as Father Triphon, as our inaugural principal.

Commencing with humble beginnings - three aging structures and 150 eager students - our school's journey has been one of steadfast growth. By the turn of the millennium, our enrollment swelled to 1300 students, a testament to our commitment to academic excellence and inclusive education.

Since our inception, Collège Saint Elie Btina has embraced a noble mission: to educate the youth irrespective of social strata or creed, instilling values of faith, citizenship, and societal engagement. Our holistic approach, emphasizing spiritual, social, moral, and cultural development, prepares our graduates for success in tertiary education.

In addition to a robust curriculum that includes Arabic, French, and English languages, we offer education across various levels: Preschool, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Intermediate, and Secondary.

While our student body reflects diverse denominations and backgrounds, our commitment to serving the Greek Orthodox community remains unwavering. Despite challenges posed by geopolitical upheavals and shifting demographics, Collège Saint Elie Btina persists in its mission, buoyed by the steadfast support of the Greek Orthodox faithful and His Eminence Metropolitan Elias Audi.

Situated in an area steeped in Christian heritage, our institution's legacy is storied. Renowned for our rigorous academics and nurturing environment, we count among our alumni individuals of distinction, including Riad Sharara (Media Maven), Dr. Ghassan Maalouf (Orthopedic Surgeon), and Dr. Atef Majdalani (Deputy), to name a few.

Guided by the benevolent hand of the Church and fortified by our community's unwavering support, Collège Saint Elie Btina continues its march toward excellence. Despite recent setbacks stemming from the pandemic and economic challenges, our commitment to revitalizing our infrastructure and enhancing academic offerings remains resolute.

In the academic year 2022-2023, we proudly introduced an English section, a testament to our adaptability and commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our students and community. As we navigate the currents of change, Collège Saint Elie Btina remains steadfast in its dedication to shaping future generations of leaders and scholars.

English Department

In alignment with our unwavering commitment to academic excellence, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of our English section at Collège Saint Elie Btina for the academic year 2023-2024, spanning from Kindergarten to Grade 7. This progressive initiative signifies a significant advancement in our educational offerings, providing students with the opportunity to engage in a comprehensive English-immersive learning environment.

By integrating English as the medium of instruction across the foreign curriculum, we aim to foster not only language proficiency but also critical thinking skills and academic mastery in various subject areas. This innovative approach empowers students to develop fluency and confidence in English while simultaneously acquiring knowledge and skills across a diverse range of academic disciplines.

At Collège Saint Elie Btina, we recognize the importance of preparing students to thrive in an increasingly globalized world. Through immersive English-medium instruction, we provide our students with the tools and competencies necessary to succeed in higher education and beyond, equipping them to navigate the complexities of an interconnected and multicultural society.

English - 70%
French - 100%


Collège Saint Elie Btina aims at empowering students in order to cope with the demands of a constantly changing world and to become active citizens and leaders capable of making advances in their societies.

Collège Saint Elie Btina educates students’ minds, bodies, and souls in a complementary way through a curriculum based on core competencies consolidating their values, principles, approaches to life and its challenges, and enriching their characters.

The effective approach in teaching and learning at Collège Saint Elie Btina targets the following core competencies: critical thinking, creativity and innovation, problem solving, leadership and entrepreneurship, national and digital citizenship and global awareness, digital literacy, and various social and emotional skills, including communication, collaboration and cooperation, empathy and respect of diversity.


As we set our sights on the horizon, Collège Saint Elie Btina stands steadfast in its commitment to providing an education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. Through our collaboration with Global Education, we are dedicated to delivering an education that is not only dynamic and forward-thinking but also tailored to meet the demands of an ever-evolving global landscape.

Our focus extends beyond traditional academics to encompass the development of essential skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and adaptability. By incorporating innovative teaching methodologies and leveraging the latest advancements in educational technology, we ensure that our students are equipped with the tools they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

At Collège Saint Elie Btina, we believe in empowering students to become active participants in shaping their own futures. Through experiential learning opportunities, hands-on projects, and real-world applications, we foster a culture of curiosity, creativity, and lifelong learning.

Join us as we embark on this journey of preparing students for success in the 21st century and beyond. Together, we will inspire the next generation of leaders, innovators, and global citizens.


Collège Saint Elie Btina students are provided with varied blended learning opportunities through both face-to-face and online sessions. They are well prepared to utilize and adapt to diverse virtual working and learning environments.

Our trained teachers use the educational tools and resources provided through our specialized learning platform. This platform includes an online library with e-resources from renowned international libraries, mapped to the Lebanese curriculum. It also contains an adaptive learning management system, and virtual classroom applications, as well as other collaborative tools that promote team work and collaborative learning skills.

This modern high-tech solution for blended learning offers learners, teachers, and parents an entirely new experience and perspective on education promoting learners’ growth mindset. Collège Saint Elie Btina students are thus equipped with the necessary skills to become lifelong learners who can excel in various virtual learning and working environments


In partnership with Global Education, Collège Saint Elie Btina is committed to elevating educational standards and nurturing global citizenship among our students. By leveraging innovative teaching approaches and state-of-the-art technologies, we deliver a forward-thinking education that equips our students with the skills and mindset necessary to excel in an increasingly competitive global environment.

Our collaboration with Global Education allows us to access a wealth of resources and expertise, enabling us to continuously enhance our academic programs and pedagogical practices. Through tailored curriculum development, professional development opportunities for educators, and immersive learning experiences, we ensure that our students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for success in the interconnected world of tomorrow.

At Collège Saint Elie Btina, we believe in the transformative power of education to shape future leaders and changemakers. Through our partnership with Global Education, we are proud to offer our students a pathway to becoming informed, engaged global citizens who are equipped to make meaningful contributions to society. Join us as we embark on this journey of educational excellence and global collaboration.


Led by our devoted faculty and staff, Collège Saint Elie Btina fosters an environment where students are not only educated but empowered to emerge as compassionate leaders and active participants in the global community. We are committed to instilling core values of integrity, respect, and responsibility in our students, nurturing their sense of ethical awareness and guiding them towards making impactful contributions to society.Through mentorship and personalized support, our educators inspire students to embrace their potential and take ownership of their learning journey. We believe in cultivating a culture of empathy and understanding, where students learn to appreciate diverse perspectives and collaborate effectively with others.At Collège Saint Elie Btina, we go beyond academic excellence; we strive to develop well-rounded individuals who possess the empathy, resilience, and leadership qualities needed to effect positive change in the world. Our students are encouraged to explore their passions, pursue their interests, and actively engage in service to others, both locally and globally.Together, we are shaping a future generation of citizens who are not only intellectually proficient but also socially responsible and morally grounded.

Global Education Institute

GE provides the school with “Global Education Institute - GEI”, a unique integrated technology platform for students, teachers, parents and administrators, through which all educational and administrative applications and digital content are accessed. This platform consists of the following components:

  • Digital Content: The platform contains a unified digital library for storing, developing or compiling any required digital content, according to international standards.
  • Delivering Blended Learning: The platform contains the applications required to provide synchronous digital learning (Virtual Classroom – VC –) and asynchronous digital learning (Assignments with auto-tracking and auto-correction, through a Learning Management System – LMS-, and assignments with manual tracking and correction), in an interconnected and unified manner.
  • Learning and Collaborative Technologies: The platform provides an environment for collaborative work between  students and teachers that allows them to work simultaneously on multiple applications through Google workspace, thus giving them an easy electronic environment to organize and manage collaborative academic work.
  • School Management System: organizes all administrative activities in the school, including registration, accounting and human resource management.

    When utilized with the smart interactive boards and panels installed in every classroom, GEI provides teachers and students with a modern, adaptive and flexible ecosystem for implementing the best practices of blended smart learning.


Within our academic framework at Collège Saint Elie Btina, we aim to ignite curiosity, foster creativity, and cultivate critical thinking skills among our students. Our meticulously crafted programs blend traditional subjects with innovative teaching methodologies, creating a dynamic learning atmosphere that equips students with the tools they need to excel in higher education and beyond.

We believe in nurturing a love for learning by offering diverse and engaging educational experiences that encourage exploration and discovery. Through hands-on activities, collaborative projects, and interactive lessons, we inspire our students to think independently, solve problems creatively, and approach challenges with confidence.

Our commitment to excellence extends beyond the classroom, as we continuously review and refine our curriculum to ensure it remains relevant, engaging and responsive to the evolving needs of our students and society. By integrating technology, real-world applications, and interdisciplinary approaches into our programs, we empower students to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

At Collège Saint Elie Btina, we are dedicated to providing an educational experience that goes beyond mere instruction, fostering intellectual growth, personal development, and lifelong learning.