Our mission is to provide students with a safe, nurturing, and uplifting Islamic environment that will help them achieve academic excellence and prepare them to become morally and socially responsible citizens based on the teachings of Islam and the Sunnah.
About Aqsa Academy
The Muslim community in Philadelphia, as in other regions in North America, face the challenge of raising children with high academic achievement while maintaining their religious and cultural backgrounds. The weekend schools at various Islamic centers and mosques provide a partial solution to this problem but they do not provide enough learning time for this purpose.
Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy is an Islamic private day and weekend school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, established in 1996. It has a coeducational kindergarten through 12th grade. It is affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society. Coursework includes Islamic studies, the Arabic language, and Quran classes.
SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Al Aqsa Islamic Academy (AIA) school board reviews policies and rules regarding the operation of the Academy. The school board consists of members from which a school committee and other committees are formed. The school board is comprised of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Comptroller.
The School Committee reviews policies and rules regarding the operation of the Academy. It supervises and administers efficient functioning of the Academy. The chairperson of the School Committee is appointed by the board of directors. Meetings of the School Committee are scheduled monthly or more frequently, if necessary.
DHUR PRAYER & FRIDAY JUMUAH
Students will proceed to the prayer/social hall with their teachers. Once students arrive in the prayer/social hall, they should perform their sunnah prayer. All students are expected to uphold the highest standards of behavior at all times in the school, especially when gathered for prayer. Thus, students should quietly sit and observe the etiquettes of the Jumuah.
Transportation to and from the Academy is the individual responsibility of all parents. Yellow Bus Transportation is typically provided for students in grades 1 through 6 who live 1.5 miles or more from the assigned school. Students in grades 7 through 12 who live 1.5 miles or farther from school are eligible for free Student Trans-Passes. More details about bus arrival and dismissal will be provided after school receives information.
ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF
The school staff is selected based on educational qualifications, certification, proficiency in English, Islamic values and relevant experience. All Al Aqsa Islamic Academy staff have a high degree of commitment to Islamic values supplemented by sound academic backgrounds and experience.
All grades, preschool through grade five have full-time homeroom teachers that are responsible to teach all basic subjects like Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies to their students.
Religion and Quran
A qualified Islamic scholar directs the Islamic studies and religious education. The school also engages other knowledgeable scholars as part of its religion staff to teach Quran memorization and Islamic studies.
The school has a highly qualified & experienced Arabic department under the direction of the Head of the Arabic department.
Teacher Aides help the classroom teachers in our Kindergarten classes and some lower elementary as needed. The school is also fortunate to have committed volunteers to support our staff in various tasks.
Students attending Al Aqsa Islamic Academy may purchase their grade-level uniforms