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At HIC Saturday School, we strive to create and maintain a place where our students can learn about the beauty of their faith and richness of the Islamic tradition. In short, the school has these primary goals:

  • To instill love for Allah and the Messengers of Allah.
  • To instill love and respect for the Masjid and our teachers.
  • To help our students develop strong, positive Islamic identities.
  • To impart to our students a basic foundation in the fundamental teachings of Islam. This includes but is not limited to Quran, Seerah, History and analysis of current events from an Islamic perspective.
  • To create a place where Muslim children can build friendships – sometimes lifelong – with other young Muslims.
  • To help nurture Muslims of the future who will participate in the world surrounding them as ambassadors of Islam and responsible Americans.

Curriculum: Weekend Learning Level K

Course Description: The goal of kindergarten is to build a positive image regarding school and learning. Students begin with very basic curriculum. The book emphasizes the most important academic topic, developing literacy:reading and writing. Islamic Studies for Kindergarten begins by doing the same that a regular school does, building familiarity with various aspects of written and spoken words. The objective is to introduce the basics of Islam through many activities such as writing, coloring, cutting, gluing, sorting, listening and playing.

  1. Allah is the Creator
  2. Allah is Powerful
  3. Allah is Kind
  4. Beautiful Names of Allah
  5. Allah SWT loves us
  6. Angels of Allah
  7. Books of Allah
  8. The last Day
  9. What is Islam?
  10. Who is a Muslim?
  11. Dua for beginning an
  12. Dua for
  13. Saying Alhamdulillah
  14. 5 pillars of Islam
  15. Shahadah
  16. Steps of wudu
  17. Steps of Salah
  18. Fasting
  19. Zakat
  20. Hajj
  21. Story of Prophet Adam (as)
  22. Story of Prophet Nuh (as)
  23. Story of Prophet Ibrahim (as)
  24. Story of Prophet Yunus (as)
  25. Story of Prophet Musa (as)
  26. Story of Prophet Sulaiman (as)
  27. Story of Yunus (as)
  28. Islamic Festivals (Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Eid Greetings)

The Safar curriculum aims to cumulatively build a child‘s essential Islamic knowledge, cultivate good character and instil God consciousness. With extensive references from the Qurʾān and aḥādīth as well as vivid and appealing illustrations.

The books have been developed to ensure that they are enjoyable whilst being comprehensive, reliable and meaningful. Elements from all core subjects are covered in the textbooks in an age-appropriate manner: Qurʾānic stories, Islamic beliefs (ʿaqīdah), religious rulings and rituals (fiqh) and major episodes from the life of Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ, as well as areas of personal development.

Curriculum: Safar Book 1

Course Description: Safar Book 1

Textbook 1 builds core knowledge in an easy and engaging manner, preparing young children to build on this foundation through use of the rest of the primary curriculum and then progress to the secondary curriculum.

  1. Belief in Allah
  2. Belief in His angels
  3. Belief in His books and
  4. Belief in the Day of Judgement
  5. All good and bad comes from Allah
  6. Greetings in Islam
  7. Rules
  8. Keeping Clean
  9. Using the toilet
  10. Concept of Paradise and Hell Introduced
  11. Story of Prophet Adam (as)
  12. Five pillars of Islam
  13. Story of Prophet Nuh (as)
  14. Wudu
  15. Names and times of the five daily salah
  16. Basic Salah Positions
  17. Story of Ibrahim (as)
  18. Story of Prophet Yunus (as)
  19. Fasting
  20. Story of Musa (as)
  21. Zakah and Sadaqah
  22. Hajj
  23. The six articles of faith
  24. Story of Prophet Isa (as)
  25. Story of Prophet Muhammed (as)
  26. Islamic Months
  27. Arabic Alphabet

Curriculum: Safar Book 3

Course Description: Safar Book 3

  1. Essential revision
  2. Names of Allah (Al Qadir, As Samad, Ar Razzaq, Al Mujib)
  3. Habil and Qabil
  4. Angels
  5. Respect
  6. Books from Allah
  7. Manners of eating and drinking
  8. Prophets of Allah
  9. Life after Death
  10. Paradise and Hell
  11. Prophet Hud and the People of Ad
  12. Cleanliness
  13. Manners of using the toilet
  14. Why Muslims perform salah
  15. Revision of rak’ahs
  16. The companions in the cave
  17. Manners of the masjid
  18. Prophet Salih and the people of Thamud
  19. Daily Salah:theoretical and practical
  20. Prophet Shu’ayb and the people of Madyan
  21. Quraysh abuse of Muslims
  22. Migration to Abyssinia
  23. Isra and Miraj
  24. Battle of Badr
  25. Battle of Uhud
  26. TV, music, games and the internet
  27. Good manners to parents and others
  28. Halal and haram foods

Curriculum: Safar Book 5

Course Description: Safar Book 5

  1. Essential revision
  2. Names of Allah (Ar Rabb, Al Qayyum, Al Musawwir)
  3. Angels, books & messengers
  4. Signs of the Last Day
  5. Death
  6. Description of the Last Day
  7. Description of Jahannam
  8. The last person to enter Jannah
  9. Types of rulings(Fard, Wajib, Sunnah, Nafl, Mubah, Makruh, Haram)
  10. Prophet Ayub (as)
  11. Wudu: fard, sunnah and makruh acts
  12. Ghusl: fard, sunnah, and makruh acts
  13. Prophet Yunus (as)
  14. Times of Salah
  15. Forbidden and disliked prayer times
  16. Prophet Dawud (as) and Jalut
  17. Basics of Tayammum
  18. Sunnah Mu’akkadah and Ghayr Mu’akkadah
  19. Witr
  20. Fard acts of Salah
  21. Disliked acts of Salah
  22. Making Salah part of life
  23. Islamic Dress Code
  24. Good character and sins
  25. Letter to Heraclius
  26. Conquest of Makkah
  27. Rules and rewards of Fasting
Curriculum: Safar Book 7 Course Description: Safar Book 5
  1. Essential Knowledge:
    • The basics of Islam.
    • The life of the Prophet (S) A timeline.
  2. Islamic Beliefs:
    • The hadith of Jibril (A)
    • Qadar: The story of Musa(A) and Khidr(A) Belief in Allah (SWT) and the truth of islam
  3. Fiqh ( rituals and rulings): Purification and Wudu The Qiblah
    • Rulings of salah(doubts,masbuq,lahiq) Salah in exceptional circumstances Salatul Jumu’ah
    • Fasting and I’tikaf The Days of Id(Eid) Zakah and Sadaqah
    • Entering adulthood for boys and girls
  4. History of Islam:
    • Stories of Prophets: Yusuf part 1 & part 2
    • Stories of Prophets: Zakariyya, Yahya(A), Aal Imran Stories of Prophets: Isa (A)
    • Lives of Sahabah: The ten who were promised Paradise Muslim contribution to Modern Civilization
  5. Contemporary Issues
    • Being Muslim today
  6. Lifestyle and Community
    • Social Customs and etiquette Technology and social media
  7. Spiritual and Personal Development
    • Al-Qur’an: The Creator’s guide for human beings The Journey of the Soul Part 1
    • The Journey of the Soul Part 2
    • Being like the Prophet: eating and drinking

We urge you to read these policies with the student(s) in your family and sign the last page of this document to verify that you have received and understand the policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are in effect for all current students and apply for the duration of their enrollment. Any future changes or updates will be presented to parents for acknowledgements.

Please read and retain the following policies and procedures carefully; then sign and return the last sheet along with your child within 7-days of enrollment.

EARLY REGISTRATION

REGULAR REGISTRATION

1st Child:  $540/Year

1st Child:  $594/Year

2nd Child: $480/Year

2nd Child: $534/Year

3rd Child:  $360/Year

3rd Child:  $414/Year

4th Child:  $240/Year

4th Child:  $294/Year

REFUND POLICY: Tuition in non-refundable

  • The child should be at least 5 years of age by September 1 to be eligible for enrollment in Level 1.
  • The registration application form must be completely filled out for the new students and updated by current information for old students.
  • The student may begin school as soon as the registration form has been filled out and tuition paid.
  • If a Child is requested for admission in a class higher than his/her age group, the School/Teachers will conduct a comprehensive examination based upon the requested class curriculum to assess the student’s knowledge.

Regular school: 10:00AM to 1:15PM from the beginning of September to June.

NOTE: Students are required to arrive at 10am sharp.

In order to ensure students safety, we require parents Drop off and pick up students ONLY from their respective classes.

In order for a student to receive maximum benefit from his/her Islamic education, weekly school attendance is required. However, unforeseen circumstances and illnesses may require the student to be absent on certain occasions. Therefore, the Saturday School has adopted the following attendance regulations:

  • In all cases, a call from the parents must be made to the center before 10am stating the purpose of the
  • A note must be provided to the teacher in case a student needs to be picked up before the formal ending of
  • A student who arrives in class after 10am is considered tardy.
  • Parents have the responsibility to bring their children to Saturday school on time.
  • If a student is tardy or absent, it is their duty to get the assignment of the week and prepare for the following Saturday’s class.
  • In case of an absence for an exam, it is the responsibility of the parent to notify the teacher and make arrangements for the makeup exam.

 

  • The School will provide students Textbook and workbook for the academic school year.
  • Parents may be asked to purchase any additional books.
  • Students are expected to take care of the books and write their names on them.
  • Students are required to bring all the books to School on every school day.
  • School will charge the cost of the books in case second copy needs to be acquired.

In order to maintain order the school administration will use the following disciplinary measures:

  • For first offenses the student shall receive a verbal warning.
  • Further offenses will be dealt with by contacting the parents and or giving a detention.
  • If a student has chronic discipline problems, administrators and teachers will conference with parents to formulate an action plan so that students may be more successful in Saturday school.

In order to preserve the sanctity of Saturday School, we shall require all students to wear appropriate dress while in the Masjid. We ask that parents ensure that students maintain a proper standard of dress, which displays respect for Masjid’s etiquettes.

  • Girls are required to wear a non-transparent hijab.
  • Girls are required to wear long sleeve shirts.
  • It is recommended for both boys and girls to wear modestly loose clothing.
  • Any clothing materials displaying inappropriate images are not allowed
  • We trust parents to be The role model for your kids and follow the same rules when you are on the Masjid’s premises

Younger classes are required to bring pencils, glue, scissors, and crayons/markers. Older class, pen and notebook. All supplies should have the student’s names on them.

Assignments are to be completed at home and vary according to grade level and subject area. Homework may be assigned to enable students to expand on the skills and concepts taught in class, and to gain a more thorough understanding as a result of additional independent study.

  • It is Student’s responsibility to complete and submit assignments on time.
  • It is student’s responsibility to make-up all work in case of absence.
  • Parents are expected to regularly monitor the homework, which provides a good overview of how and what the student is doing in various subjects. Doing proper homework could also a direct positive effect in the child’s learning, grades, and overall Islamic knowledge.
  • Incomplete homework will have negative effect on the student’s final grade. We wish to provide an opportunity for the students to follow through with responsibilities and experience the success of independent learning. Parents should expect homework each week and inquire of its nature. It is recommended to spread the homework over the course of the week instead of 1 day.

Our purpose for grading is to provide parents with needed information about their child’s efforts and academic achievements. Grades are most important for children to determine their academic standing. As parents and teachers, we certainly need to help our children set goals for improvement of their academic strengths and weaknesses.

  • Each academic year consists of chapter exams, a midterm and a final exam. It is up to the discretion of the class teacher to provide additional exams if they deem necessary.
  • Final report card will be provided to every student at the end of the school year.

Our purpose for grading is to provide parents with needed information about their child’s efforts and academic achievements. Grades are most important for children to determine their academic standing. As parents and teachers, we certainly need to help our children set goals for improvement of their academic strengths and weaknesses.

  • Each academic year consists of chapter exams, a midterm and a final exam. It is up to the discretion of the class teacher to provide additional exams if they deem necessary.
  • Final report card will be provided to every student at the end of the school year.

Director/Resident Scholar

 

Shaykh Ibad Wali

iwali@hicny.org

Administrator

Kaleem Hussain

khussain@hicny.org

Sr. Mohsina Bukhari

mbukhari@hicny.org

Principal

Sr. Shahanaz Begum

sbegum@hicny.org

Teachers (Sisters)

Sr. Houria Abdelrehem

habdelrehem@hicny.org

Sr. Amira begum

abegum@hicny.org

Sr. Maria Pochi

mpochi@hicny.org

Teachers (Brothers)

 

Hafiz Mustafa

mabdelrehem@hicny.org

Hafiz Kamil Sakhi

ksakhi@hicny.org

Hafiz Atiq Ullah

a.ullah9897@gmail.com

 Assistant Teacher Br. Sameer Pochi

sameerpochi@gmail.com

Early Registration : May 12th & May 19th @ 10 am – 12:30 pm
1st Child2nd Child3rd Child4th Child+
$540$480$360$240
Regular Registration: June 9th & June 16th @ 10am-12:30 pm
1st Child2nd Child3rd Child4th Child+
$594$534$414$294

Discipline
In order to maintain order, the administration will use the following disciplinary measures:

  • For first offenses the child shall receive a verbal warning.
  • Further offenses will be dealt with by contacting the parents.
  • If the negative behavior continues, the child may be suspended from school or removed without a refund.

Dress Code

In order to preserve the sanctity of the Masjid, we shall require all children to wear appropriate dress while attending Saturday School. We ask that parents ensure that students maintain a proper standard of dress, which displays respect for Masjid’s etiquettes.

  • Girls are required to wear a non-transparent hijab.
  • Girls are required to wear long sleeve shirts.
  • It is recommended for both boys and girls to wear modestly loose clothing.
  • Any clothing materials displaying inappropriate images are not allowed.

Drop off and Pickup
In order to ensure students safety, we require parents drop off and pick up students ONLY ​from their respective classes. Parents may not send anyone else to pick their child, unless a written instruction is given to the school in advance.
Food
Please pack lunch for your child. Please note that due to allergies, the masjid has a nut-free policy.
REFUND POLICYTuition is non-refundable

Books
Textbook and workbook are included within the tuition fees. Parents may be asked to pay for any additional books that may be required.

For Students

Tardiness

Any student who arrives 10 minutes after the assembly begins will be counted as tardy. Every 3 times a student is late to school, they will be required to stay after class and clean the classroom.

Attendance

Absences will affect your child’s education and grade. Please attend class everyday. If your child is absent, please let us know in advance with a letter or email. If prior notice is not given then students are required to bring in a letter from parents the next stating their reason for absence. Students will be responsible for making up any assignments during his/her absence.

Tuition

The tuition for one student is $1,200 per school year, $1,020 for second child, $780 for third child, and $480 for fourth child. There is a separate registration fee for all students, $150 for new students and $100 for returning students.

Dress Code

All students must wear modest clothing. Girls must wear outfits that have long sleeves and covers to the ankles. They also must cover their hair. Boys can wear short sleeves, but must wear long pants. Clothes for boys and girls must be loose and not see-through.

Behavior in Class

  • Must bring your required textbook, notebooks and a pen/pencil.
  • Obey and have respect for teachers, authority, and other students. Raise your hand before speaking. Otherwise, sit quietly during class time, and not talk, shout, yell, whisper, laugh or disturb their fellow students.
  • Don’t touch anything that’s not yours in the classroom or anywhere else.
  • Do not hit, punch, slap, otherwise fight, or injure their fellow students.
  • After school, wait inside the masjid while waiting for your parents.
  • Student cell phones MUST be TURNED OFF during school hours. Students found talking or ‘messaging’ on their phones will have the devices confiscated, and will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Toys, Cards, Magazines, Headphones, Beepers, Cellular Phones, Radios and Electronic Games are not allowed. If such a radio/game is accidentally brought to school, it should either be left in the student’s backpack or submitted to the office until the end of the school day.

Behavior in Masjid

While in the prayer hall, no running, playing or raising your voice While praying, concentrate and do not talk to others. No violence or swearing (in or outside the masjid). For Parents

  • Parents are required to park their car and accompany their child to their class.
  • Parents will be notified of the school’s curriculum, and will be expected to help their children with learning and homework.
  • Parents are encouraged to volunteer. Please contact your child’s principal to be a volunteer in any of the activities run by the masjid.
  • Parents are not allowed in the class while the class is in session.
  • Parents are requested to check their child’s backpack or folder every week for homework assignments, handouts, announcements, etc.
  • Make sure your child brings all the necessary supplies to each class, including a pencil, notebook, backpack and textbooks.
  • Any complaints about kids, school or school related issues must be submitted to Quran Academy administrators immediately so it can be investigated as quickly as possible.
  • Parents are expected to pick up their children promptly at dismissal.
 

Disciplinary Action Policy

Students who violate the above code of conduct inside class or masjid will be spoken to by their teacher, and asked to refrain from their bad conduct failing that, a note shall be sent home to the parent failing that, the student will be suspended.

Academics and Grading Policy

Teachers will submit progress reports daily and exams will be given throughout the year. After each exam there will be parent teacher meetings where you will sit one on one with your child’s teacher and discuss his/her progress and ways to help your child improve. Any questions regarding your child’s progress in class and his/her performance should be directed to their respective teacher(s).

Hillside Islamic Center Saturday School Tuition Assistance
HIC is dedicated to providing education to all, regardless of financial ability. In accord with this philosophy, we have established the following protocol in seeking financial aid:
1. Periodic Payment Plan/Deferred Payment
Parents can request for a periodic payment plan whereby the total payment of the tuition and fees will be split up over two or three installments, to be paid in full by May 2019.
2. Reduced Tuition
If the parents are unable to fulfill the tuition and fee obligations through the options above, HIC will consider a tuition reduction. Determinations are made with strict scrutiny and confidentiality. Families requesting financial assistance must submit their last year’s tax returns, bills(mortgage payment, electric bill, etc) and a letter stating why financial aid is needed in order to be considered for any assistance.
Please Note:​ Families requesting financial assistance are not guaranteed to receive any assistance but will be considered on a case by case basis.