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Elementary

"Superior academics in a deen-centered environment, with insightful, committed and nurturing teachers; who could ask for anything more?" -Parent

 

 

Why Choose ILM Academy for Elementary School?

Good educational opportunities abound. So why choose ILM Academy? For starters, as stated by one parent, “ILM Academy is not good. It is great!” It offers a top-notch educational experience, coupled with an outstanding Islamic curriculum, in a nurturing and peaceful setting.

Staff and faculty do not simply work at ILM Academy; they aspire to change lives and themselves be changed in the process. This is a place where transformative, student-directed learning is front and center, and as a result students don’t like math, science, English, social studies, Islamic Studies, Arabic, and Qur’an. They love it.  They also love the computer, art, and PE classes and the vast number of field trips. Learning is non-stop, dynamic, and it happens on many fronts.

Parents, grandparents, and siblings are also an integral part of the learning process, which is not limited to the classroom walls. Throughout the year, apart from completing all the requisite traditional subjects, ILM Academy elementary students may visit the science museum, participate in an interactive theater presentation, write original poetry for their poetry cafe, or participate in a mock election, as well as participate in several inter-scholastic competitions, such as PSIA and Odyssey of the Mind. This is learning in action, and it makes every day an educational journey for ILM Academy students.

What is boredom? We don’t know of any, nor do our students, who are taught to look at the world as an extraordinary opportunity for learning, growth and engagement. As described by one teacher, “[our role is to] produce knowledgeable citizens who can address the challenges of tomorrow.” This same teacher has, while maintaining a model classroom, galvanized countless outreach and charity projects at ILM Academy, a hallmark of the school, and motivated other teachers, parents and students, to do the same.

ILM Academy’s mission states the following, “ILM Academy promotes academic excellence and Islamic values in a nurturing environment that empowers students to reach their highest academic potential while preparing them to become leaders in the service of their families, their communities, and God.” This is not a passive statement. It is actually happening, and your children could be part of it, as well.

 

Elementary School Details

Grade levels: Our elementary school consists of 1st through 5th grades. A student must be 6 years old by September 30 of the coming academic year to apply for 1st grade, even if the child has already completed Kindergarten at another school. Children may only be accepted into grades above their age level if they have successfully completed 1st grade elsewhere.

School hours/Holidays: The school hours are from 8:10am-3:10pm Monday through Friday. Students may come in to the school as early as 7:55am and must be picked up from school by 3:25pm. There is no half day or part week option for elementary school. The school is closed for 3-5 days for Eid, depending on when it falls in the week, and is also closed for Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and summer break, as well as some national holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc. We use Spring Branch, Houston, Fort Bend, and Cy-Fair ISD academic year calendars as a guide to determine our school holidays, aside from Eid break.

Supplies: Aside from the classroom supplies the school provides, students are required to bring their own supplies on the first day of school. A school supply list will be distributed prior to the first day of school for each grade level.

Lunch/Snacks: Students should bring a snack daily from home, which is eaten during the scheduled break time after the morning session. As per our school policy, snacks and lunches should be healthy. Lunch must also be brought daily from home or otherwise lunches can be purchased for the entire school week by the start of each month through our PTA (Parent Teacher Association).

Schedule: The week's schedule includes a balance of English, math, science, and social studies classes, with more time devoted to developing necessary language and math skills. On a weekly basis, students have five periods of Arabic, three periods of Quran, and three periods of Islamic studies as well as one period of each of the auxiliary classes, which are computer, PE, and art. Students have a 25-minute recess and 25-min lunch period daily. There is also time set aside for dhuhr prayer daily, including Jummah prayer on Fridays.

Curriculum integration with Islam: All of our classes are integrated with Islam through our monthly Islamic values, such as respect, responsibility, generosity, gratitude, and patience. Whether it be English, social studies, math, science, or one of the auxiliary classes, Islam is integrated into the lesson plans through drawing connections from these values, the Quran, the seerah, or other principles of Islam. The reason for this is to provide a holistic learning environment where Islamic and other studies are presented together.

Method of teaching: Our academic instruction approach is hands-on and activity-based with emphasis on critical thinking skills.

Books: Books: For English/Language Arts, we use the Voices Reading series by Zaner-Bloser, for math, we use Math in Focus by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is based on the Singapore Math method, for science, we use National Geographic Science and for social studies, we use Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books.

Charity projects: One of the hallmarks of ILM Academy is our curriculum goal to build leaders and give them the tools to serve the community. We expose our students to different forms of civic engagement through community service activities and our annual Children of Charity projects. These projects are selected by the students each academic year, ranging from animal shelters to nonprofits which help the mentally disabled. With the help of teachers and parents, students come up with ways to give back, including conducting bake sales to raise funds, increasing awareness of the issue by educating fellow students and parents, and perhaps visiting an organization that serves their cause. Other than this, students and their families are encouraged to partake in activities outside of school hours to plant trees, build houses, help at food banks, collect toys for a holiday toy drive, collect supplies for refugees, and more.

 

Click here to view the Common Core standards for English Language Arts, which form the core of our elementary curriculum, and include standards for History, Social Studies, Science, and more.

Click here to view the Common Core standards for math, which form the core of our elementary math curriculum.

 

Schedule an elementary school tour with us today by emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We conduct tours in the mornings between 8:30-10:30 by appointment.

 

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We are still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year through February 2018. Please continue to the Admissions and FAQ pages for more information on how to apply.

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