Why an Islamic School

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Why an Islamic School

In addition to our strong academic programming, New Horizon School – Los Angeles is equally proud of its religious Islamic program. Our students demonstrate a high sense of moral values and religious obligation.

New Horizon’s mission is crucial to the growth of Islam, especially in the development of our "Future Leaders" and continuity of our traditions.

Below are excerpts of an article on “Why Islamic Schools” by a Sound Vision staff writer
(http://www.soundvision.com/article/why-islamic-schools-some-questions-answers).

A. Institutions play an important role in the lives of individuals and societies. An Islamic school is important because it:

1. Provides Muslim children with an environment in which they can learn and live Islam.

2. The homogeneity of their culture and values creates social and emotional stability which facilitates and accelerates their learning in general areas of education (math, science, language arts, etc.).

3. They develop a strong sense of belonging to the Muslim Ummah. They not only preserve rich Islamic heritage, but contribute towards development and progress of the Muslim Ummah in general.

A: Not at all. First of all, research shows that children, specially younger ones, perform better when they are in familiar social settings. Islamic school certainly gives Muslim children an atmosphere in which they can grow and excel.

Second, the human mind and personality is remarkably capable of adjusting to change. This explains the success of various immigrant communities across America. The members of these communities were born and raised in a totally different culture and environment.

Besides, Muslim children who attend Islamic schools are never totally out of touch with American society. Their exposure to the larger American culture is still considerable. Television, news media, neighborhoods, and non-Muslim staff in their own institutions keep the windows to the larger world wide open.

Research indicates that students who attend private/parochial schools performed better in their lives than their public school counterparts.

A: Educational loss or gain has nothing to do with a school being Islamic, Jewish, Catholic or public. We all know that many public schools, despite their enormous resources and huge bureaucratic set-ups, miserably failed to deliver solid education, strong discipline, or good citizenship.

A: Where there is a will there is a way. Practical difficulties can be overcome if people are fully convinced and committed to the cause. A person who is determined to raise his children Islamically and wants to see them succeed in life will not hesitate to make some sacrifice to achieve this goal.

Islamic schools in general have very low tuition compared to other private schools in the United States. Parents can budget this expense as they budget their rent, car leases, utility bill, and other expenses.

The rewards of sending children to Islamic schools outweigh any expense which parents may incur.

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