Presentation on the New Horizon School System
Staff Writer, March 16, 2008

Why New Horizon School?

• Best of both worlds
• Integrated Islamic Perspective throughout program.
- an English teacher will also talk about Islam in correlation to the language class
• Development of American Muslim identity.
• Daily instruction in Arabic.

Professional Affiliation

• California Association of Independent Schools
• Western Association of School and College
• US Department of Education
• Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
• National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Academic Program

• Core curriculum, textbooks and resources aligned with California frameworks and national study
• Integrated of Technology.
- Using computers etc.
• Supplementary programs including Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Mountain Math, Mountain Language, Reading first, Raising a Reader.

Academic Competition

• Los Angeles/Orange County Science Fair
• American Mathematics Competition 8
• Global Math Competition
• Spelling bee
• Who wants to be a Champion?
• Quran Competition
• Debate Competition

Religious Program

• Aligned with Bureau of Islamic and Arabic Education (BIAE) Curriculum and resources
• Courses offered in Islamic studies, Quranic Studies & Arabic languages.
- Hajj simulation etc.

Islamic Identity

• Value of the month.
- justice, kindness, respect, generosity etc.
• Daily prayer & weekly Juma’prayer.
• Character Recognition Program
(Catch Ya, Start Student, Sadaqa stamps, Student of the Month)

Service Projects

• Big Sunday
• Orphan relief
• Day of 1000 Volunteers
• Giving campaigns for Hurricane Katrina, Pakistan Earthquake, Umma Clinic, Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Hospital, Homeless Shelter & Food bank.
• Eid Toy Drives

Respect to other faiths

• Bridges program
• Jerusalem Sky Project
• Daniel Pearl Music Class
• Peace Prayer Service
• Interfaith Friendship Day

Faculty

• Schools look for teaching professionals who have a credential or Master’s degree and years of experience.
• Teachers must be talented, nurturing, dedicated and committed to school.
• Diverse faculty.

Professional Development (for teachers)

• Aldeen Workshops
• Consultants
• Individual Workshops
• School focus areas
- a professional from outside will be invited to teach vocabulary to the students depending on the school need.


Class room ratio

• Small Class sizes
- ratio is 1:18 i.e. one teacher for 18 students
• Teacher’s aides when needed

Students

• Selectivity processing admissions procedures
• Diverse student population – socio economically, racially and ethnically

Developing Young Leaders

• Student Council
• Students leading prayer
• Khateeb program
- inviting scholars to talk about Islam
• Reading buddies
- The 5th grade students will interact with kinder garden buddies etc.

Exploring Courses

• Music
• Art
• Drama
• Physical Education

Field trips

• Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
• Ocean Institute
• CA Science Center

Outdoor Educational Program

• Camping trips to Angeles National Forest & Channel Islands
- Science Education
- Team building
- Wilderness survival
- Trekking
- Rapelling
- Kayaking

After School Program

• Self defense
• Instruments
• Mad Science
• Spanish/Italian
• Chess club
• Photography
• Performing Arts class
• Sports club

Lifelong Friendship

• Our Children make friends with children whose families share the same values and belief system through their younger years
• Helps strengthen their Muslim identity
• Families can also find a great support system and can build relationships with other parents as they raise their children


Matriculation

• Graduates accepted to or are attending
- Crossroads School
- Village School
- Le Lycee Francais
- Polytechnic school
- Flintridge Preparatory school
- Westridge School
- The Buckley School
- Alverno School
- St. Francis School
- Harvard-Westlake School


Excerpts from the Sunday lecture addressed by the Principals of New Horizon Schools – Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles and Irvine at the Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles on March 16, 2008.

Checkout the school websites
http://www.newhorizonschool.org
http://www.newhorizonla.org
http://www.newhorizonwest.com
http://www.newhorizonirvine.org/