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Q: What is an Islamic School?

A: Full-time Islamic schools are the most recent phenomenon of the Islamic education movement in America, and represent a shift towards a more comprehensive approach towards preserving Islamic identity for the community at large, and for the children more specifically.

The mission of full-time Islamic schools can be along two tracks: defensive and proactive. The defensive line strives to “shield” and “protect” the children from harmful influences that are antithetical to the Islamic system. The proactive line seeks to nurture the intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual growth of Muslim children with the hope of producing confident, competent individuals who can go out into American society and contribute positively without compromising their Islamic beliefs and practices.

Q: What is the History of Al-Minhaal Academy?

A: Al-Minhaal Academy is an independent organization. It is not governed by any other local, national or international organization.

Al-Minhaal Academy started August of 2009, and was founded by members of the community who took an alternative to public school for their children. Al-Minhaal Academy serves Muslim children and their families from surrounding areas.

Al-Minhaal Academy provides instruction in the following subjects: language arts, math, science, computer, social studies, Arabic language, Qur’an, Islamic studies, and physical education.

Q: What does Al-Minhaal Academy offer?

A: Al-Minhaal Academy offers:

• Qualified and committed teachers
• Low student-to-teacher ratio
• High commitment to academic excellence
• An academic curriculum designed to exceed all standards for Preschool and grades K through 12th.
• Arabic, Qur’an and Islamic Studies
• Strong moral guidance
• Parental involvement in the education process
• A multi-cultural staff and student population
• Affordable private education
• Financial aid for qualified low-income families and excelling students
• A modern school facility with Central Air Condition and Central Heating
• A well-rounded program including physical, intellectual, and artistic stimulation

Q: What are some extra curricular activities that Al-Minhaal Academy has to offer?

A: Extra curricular activities:

• Camping
• Field day
• Educational Field Trips
• Science Fair
• Leading Muslims in Taraweeh prayer during Ramadan
• Khutbah training
• Science Show
• Spelling Bee (Arabic & English)
• Sleepover
• Debates (Islamic & Academics)
• Reading Day
• Career Day
• The Following Clubs: Math, Science, reading, writing, Nasheed, animal, newsletter, sports, karate, HW, and behavior.
• Establish high standards for student academic performance and continually assess student performance relative to these standards
• Address the issue of Equity and Excellence for all students including those of diverse socioeconomic levels, diverse races and those with special needs.
• Teacher and staff members are totally committed to be an excellent educator, promoter and reformer.
• To impart knowledge so that it becomes interesting, motivational, and exciting.
• To develop a sense of dignity, love, and appreciation of Islamic values among all students.
• Examine use of instructional time to optimize academic learning and utilization of modern technology as well as the best practices in all instructional programs.
• Including parents as partners in achieving high standards.

Q: How many students are in Al-Minhaal Academy and what are their demographics?

A: In our first year, 2009-2010, we have over 100 students enrolled at Al-Minhaal Academy.. The list below shows the student demographics in terms of the languages spoken at home.

• English
• Arabic
• Swahili
• Farsi
• Turkish
• Spanish
• Urdu
• Bengali
• Etc.

Q: Do Al-Minhaal Academy graduates get accepted into universities?

A: Yes, Al-Minhaal Academy students get accepted into well known universities.

Q: Are there any students that graduated from your school and got accepted into well known Universities?

A: Yes, the graduates of 2010 were accepted into well known universities such as:

New Jersey Institute of technology
Rutgers University
Seton Hall University
William Patterson University

Q: Are Al-Minhaal Academy graduations conducted the same way as other schools?

A: Yes, there are minor differences in the way we conduct the graduation, but overall we have a normal graduation ceremony where the graduated student receives his or her diploma.

Q: What is special about the Al-Minhaal Academy program?

A: The special thing about Al-Minhaal Academy is that students get an opportunity to memorize the entire Quran with perfect recitation taught by highly qualified sheikhs along with regular and rigorous academic curriculum.

Q: Do students enrolled in this program take normal academic subjects?

A: Yes, students in this program take normal subjects according to the NJ Core Curriculum Standards. The subjects are as follows:

1. Math
2. Science
3. English
4. Social Studies
5. Computers
6. Health
7. Writing
8. Physical Education

Q: Do the students take any subjects besides the ones listed above?

A: Yes, Students take other subjects such as Arabic & Islamic Studies.

Q: How many years does it take for a student who can read fluently to finish the memorization of the Qur’an?

A: For a student that knows how to read Arabic fluently, he or she is supposed to finish the memorization of the Qur’an in two-three years, inshallah.

Q: Are classes separated by gender?

A: Yes, classes are separated starting from seventh grade and up.

Q: How many boys and girls have completed the Qur’an?

> A: Alhamdulillah, Al-Minhaal Academy has produced Three Haffidhat and One Hafidh in its first year of operation.

Q: Do the students attend the school’s field trips?

A: Yes, students of Al-Minhaal Academy attend school field trips.

Q: Do the students bring lunch with them to school or are they provided with lunch?

A: There are times where the school provides them with lunch and times where students bring in their own lunch, we notify parents before we conduct any lunch sales.

Q: How many days a week do student spend in school?

A: Students attend school five days a week, Monday through Friday.

Q: Are there any specific programs for gifted and talented students?

A: Yes, we have advanced classes for the talented and gifted students.

Q: If my child is classified as a student with special needs, does the school offer any services?

A: Yes, the school offers NJ Department of Education help.

Q: Does the school offer SAT courses for its students and outside students as well?

A: Yes, our school provides SAT courses for its students as well as outsiders.

Q: Are the SAT classes separated by gender?

A: Yes, the SAT classes are separated by gender.

Q: What are the components of the student body and the staff?

A: Our teachers and students are from mixed cultures (e.g. Pakistani, Egyptian, Moroccan, Syrian, Bengali, Algerian, Tunisian, Sir Lankan, Palestinian, Jordanians, etc.)

Q: Does the school have mid-term and final exams for the students?

A: Yes, the school has mid-term and finals exams for its students. Grades 3rd – 12th.

Q: Is the curriculum comparable to that of public schools?

A: Yes, our curriculum exceeds the requirements of the NJ State core Curriculum.

Q: Does the school operate during Ramadan?

A: Yes, the school operates in Ramadan, but the timings are shortened.

Q: Do the students study Tajweed?

A: Yes, the students study Tajweed during Arabic and Qur’an classes.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: The website is updated regularly with the newest information about the school and the events happening in the school.

Q: How can I contact Al-Minhaal Academy?

A: You can contact us:

• Via mail at our address: 1764 New Durham Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
• Via email at: info@alminhaalacademy.com
• Via phone at: (908) 500 - 2706 / (732) 659 - 6323 during our office hours 8am-4pm
• Via fax at: (908) 834 - 0956

Q: Why should I send my child to Al-Minhaal Academy?

A: There are three main reasons why you might want to send your child(ren) to Al-Minhaal Academy:

• Islamic Environment: Al-Minhaal Academy offers an environment that is conducive to the academic, spiritual and physical growth of a child. Children excel in all aspects of their life when they grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.

• Educational Success: We believe that because of the environment, dedication of our teachers, and the involvement of our parents, Al-Minhaal Academy students are more successful than the national average. Also, our records show that the longer the students are at Al-Minhaal Academy the further they improve.

• Islamic Knowledge: Al-Minhaal Academy offers daily instructions in Qur’an, Arabic, and Islamic studies embedded within the core curriculum subjects and at the same time it provides an environment where the students can practice their religion freely and give receive feedback to improve their understanding of Islam.

Q: Does Al-Minhaal Academy have space for my child?

A: We have a waiting list in Pre-K and the lower elementary grades. For information specific to your situation, please contact the school.

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Once a student is enrolled, parents can apply for financial aid. Financial aid is offered based on the demonstrated need and available resources.

Q: Is it possible to visit the school?

A: Al-Minhaal Academy always receives and welcomes visitors who want to learn about its programs, its students, its various activities and teaching practices and get a first hand impression. Please contact the administrator to schedule a visit.

Q: What is the Al-Minhaal Academy Vision?

A: Al-Minhaal Academy seeks to nurture in our students an Islamic identity and prepare them to participate and succeed in American society and unite with the world at large. Our first priority is Tawheed and Taqwa. We strive to infuse in our students a consciousness of Allah (subhanahu wa taa’la), as well as knowledge, understanding and love of the Quran, Sunnah and Seerat which will serve as the primary guide in their life and help them to confront the modern world with confidence. Concurrently, we seek to impart academic excellence by providing a foundational knowledge base that is expansive in breadth and depth, as well as developing, cultivating and refining the higher-order skills of independent scholarship. With the blessing and help of Allah (subhanahu wa taa’la), we envision our graduates to:

1. Be servants of Allah (subhanahu wa taa’la) and followers of our beloved Messenger (sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam)
2. Be able to compete with the best public or private school graduates for higher education
3. Possess the skill-set, as well as the knowledge and understanding to explore any field and pursue any occupation (religious, academic or professional)
4. Be firmly grounded in the Islamic narrative and be able to answer any and all challenges posed by the modern, secular world
5. Be Muballighs and Daa’ees of Islam

Q: How can a teacher apply for a teaching position?

A: Qualified teachers are invited to apply for the position of elementary homeroom teachers, subject teachers for middle and high school as well as Islamic studies, Arabic and Qur’an.

• Bachelors Degree (or higher) in a closely related field
• Fluency in English
• Authorized to work in the US
• Good knowledge of Islam
• A minimum of 2 years teaching experience in an educational institution or a US teaching certificate.
• A teaching license may be required depending on subject/grade level taught.