In 1991, AIS was opened for Pre-K and Kindergarten. After six years, AIS had to restart again with Pre-K and Kindergarten. As the years progressed, a grade level was opened for the students graduating to the next grade. As of 2007, the first 8th grade was graduating class matriculated. Today, Annur Islamic School takes pride in its student’s achievements, teacher’s dedication, parent’s volunteers, and community support. We are behind students in every step they take and every decision they make. Teachers focus on identifying student’s potentials in order to help them experience success as early as the first years of school by providing special education sessions and tutoring sessions as well. AIS believes every student is unique and if he / she is given enough time, he / she will reach his/her potential. This is our commitment for parents and students for ever Insha Allah. Our goals for the coming years is to expand the AIS High School, enrich our curriculum, and school activities by ensuring certified and highly qualified and experienced teachers will teach our students. School facilities will be improved every year, no matter what the cost will be. We will make sure that our students are stars at Annur School who will shine in colleges and the job market.
In the 2014-15 school years, Annur had over 135 students in grades Pre-K through the 10th grade, Full time Nurse, Part time Counselor, New student Lockers, and new security with entry system and badges, The school serves the tri-city area of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, and the surrounding regions.Mission
Encompasses both the required state standards, as well as themes based on Islamic moral development in Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Incorporates Islamic principles and values in all academic subjects. Uses the framework of the Tarbiyah Project, a nationwide effort by Islamic educators to provide an integrated curriculum. Uses only the highest quality textbooks. Uses age appropriate Islamic textbooks to supplement the curriculum in order to broaden the students’ knowledge of Science and Social Studies by encompassing the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and the history of Islam. Requires all students to take the ITBS / IOWA Test in all subjects as well as the Islamic Studies along with the New York State Standardized Test.
The goal of the Quranic, Arabic, and Islamic Studies program is to have students achieve a greater understanding of the Islamic faith and way of life. Quranic Studies include reading, recitation, memorization, and comprehension of the Holy Qur’an. The Arabic Curriculum includes writing, vocabulary, reading, and conversation. In Islamic Studies students learn about the faith, Sunnah, and the Seerah of the Prophet (pbuh) plus knowing the interesting Islamic songs and memorizing everyday duas for everything usages. The text and workbooks used are published by IQRA and Noor Art. Most importantly, everyday they receive (Inshaa-Allah) the reward of praying in congregation.
Islamic Education is a major part of Annur life. This is manifested in the academic classes taught, the school calendar, and the extra-curricular activities.
The Islamic Education classes are held everyday of weekly instructional time for all grades. Islamic Education is divided into three components: Quran reading, understanding, and memorization; Islamic Studies, and Arabic Language. In the lower grades, Quran memorization is emphasized with a clear understanding of the general topic. Students in the upper grades are instructed on the proper reading of the Arabic text of the Quran and its meaning. Islamic Studies Curriculum consists of three major parts: beliefs and rituals of Muslims; Islamic History; and morals and manners. The Arabic Language is taught in all grades using texts designed for foreign language acquisition. Students in the middle school grades are divided into levels that match their ability. In support of Islamic studies curriculum, the school calendar is designed to incorporate major holidays celebrated in the United States as well as major Islamic events. The fifth through eighth grade students attend Muslim congregational prayer, in the adjacent mosque.
Students in grades five to eight pray Thuhur Prayer on a daily basis. Teachers and administrators attend the prayer with the students and instruct them on proper manners of being in the mosque and observing group prayer. All the above activities help the students to learn Islamic teachings and practice them in real life situations.
School wide assemblies, held daily, give students the opportunity to perform Islamic songs and skits in front of their peers and helps build a strong Muslim identity. In addition, Eid Celebrations (for the two major Islamic holidays) are designed to celebrate Muslim holidays and reinforce the students’ sense of Muslim identity.
Expectations & Results
Annur Islamic School students will develop love and reverence for Allah and Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) exemplified by:
• Displaying a solid Muslim identity that reflects pride in being a Muslim and a clear sense of mission
• Understanding the teachings of Islam through Quran and Sunnah and their application in the daily life of an American Muslim
• Displaying character, values, and morals that are aligned with the teachings of Islam
• Being a positive role model and ambassador for Islam by striving for excellence and promoting good
Annur Islamic School students will be academically distinguished by:
• Being high achievers who meet and exceed state educational standards leading to success at the high school of their choice
• Developing good study skills, being organized, and efficient in their use of time
• Being fluent in the Arabic language
• Becoming self-directed learners
• Being able researchers who gather information, and using critical thinking skills to analyze and present results
• Having an introductory knowledge of other religions
• Being skilled in their use of technology to meet their educational needs
Annur Islamic School students will be socially well-rounded individuals:
• Being distinguished in their manners by showing respect for themselves and others according to Islamic teachings
• Mastering communication skills both verbal and written, as well as being effective listeners
• Being able to work successfully in groups as both leaders and participants
• Acquiring leadership skills, being open-minded, and prepared for future academic and social roles
• Being aware of their social responsibility, becoming active in their school, civic and religious communities, and showing compassion and tolerance for others
Annur Islamic School students will have a sense of physical well-being demonstrated by:
• Maintaining presentable apearance according to Islamic standards
• Participating in age-appropriate sports activities
• Performing spiritual duties of prayer, fasting, and pilgrimage
• Displaying modesty in dress and behavior