Dounya Mohamed

Being at Ilm Academy has been a pleasurable experience. As the first graduating class of this amazing Islamic school and only starting here in the seventh grade, I have to say this has been the best two years of my school life.

Coming from a public school the first thing that came to mind when my parents told me, “For a safer and healthier environment we are taking you and your siblings to a private Islamic school”, was that I didn’t even know that it existed. I didn’t want to go to an Islamic school. I saw no point. In my public school, I had straight A’s since kindergarten and honor roll every semester. Why did we need to go to Islamic school? And it really hit me when they mentioned uniforms. At that point I really died inside. I kept asking why, why, why are they trying to ruin my life?

“We want you to learn more about your deen,” they said.

“What do you mean,” I asked. “I’ve been going to Arabic school since I was 5 and now I’m 11.”  At that point, I burst out in tears, ran to my room, and cried my eyes out. The next day I went back to school and told my teachers and my friends and before I could see their reactions, I started crying again, knowing that I was leaving. I was a good student and I was leaving all my friends and the best teachers in the world to go to an Islamic school.

The summer went by and I started my first year at Ilm Academy. The first day of school went by and the second I went home and thought that if I said bad things they would take me back to my old school. The second I walked through the door, they asked about my day. I told them that it was very boring, we didn’t do anything, and I hated it.

Before I could finish my sentence, my parents burst out in laughter and said of course I was not going to do anything since it was the first day of school. After crying all day and night, I realized I had a zero chance of going back to my old school. I decided to grow up and be the bigger person and as time went by I started to like Ilm Academy more and more.

Getting closer to the end of seventh grade, I was excited for another year at the school. Summer went in a breeze and Ramadan and Eid was great. Starting eighth grade as the first ever graduating class at Ilm went by smoothly until I hit two speed bumps but everything is at the will of Allah (swt). At Ilm, we did a lot of school activities like going to field trips and very successful bake sales. The lessons that I learned was never to judge something getting to know it. I loved it here at Ilm and I’m sure anyone would.

Mariam Shuja

I came to ILM Academy only about 2 months ago. I was pulled out from public school because my parents felt that it wasn’t a safe environment for me.  I decided to just go along with their plan even though I hated it to the tenth degree.

When I found out I was leaving my school I was devastated. It didn’t go so well on my first day of my new school. I cried just thinking about staying at this school for 2 whole months. All I could think about was my old friends and my old school. I didn’t want to go back to school, being forced to, I came back on my second day and felt so invited.

I became close friends with the other two eighth graders Raya and Dounya. They helped me get through these two months here at ILM academy and kept assuring me that I was going to be fine. They told me that this was the best school and that I wouldn’t regret it. I loved it after I began hanging out with my new friends. I noticed that the work wasn’t too hard and the teachers worked at our pace and didn’t push us too hard. I love that about this school. I’m sure anyone’s child will love it as much as I did.

Raya Khan

I became a student at ILM Academy in the fall of 2015 as a seventh grader. I had been in both a public and a charter school before. But when I came to this school, it was much different.

The class sizes are quite small, and the teachers are more one-on-one with the students. Although all the standard subjects are taught, they are equivalent to either a grade above or  an honors class in a public school. I’d never received more attention at any other school compared to ILM Academy and I understood my subjects more clearly. The teachers are quite passionate when it comes to teaching and they want us all to succeed. They want us to fulfill all our goals that we set in the long run. They worked with me, and even if one student did not understand the concept, they went back and reviewed. This is how devoted they are; compared to public schools, I find it amazing.

Everyone at the school is quite close to one another and very connected to the Islamic community. The teachers interweave lessons on Islam into their regular teaching. This is in addition to the Deenyat, Islamic Studies, period. Therefore, I got educated both ways. Here I learnt about all aspects of Deen; from Qur’an Tafseer to Hadeeth and Duas.

In short, Ilm Academy is a very unique school and I will miss coming here after eighth grade.