Ilm Academy started as a collaborative brainchild of local scholars, a veteran educator, and Muslim parents in Irvington District, Fremont, who felt the pressing need for a full service Islamic school in the area. Alhamdullilah, since that moment, there has been no looking back. Ilm Academy announced 2010-11 as its first academic school year.

Beginning as K-2, an initial enrollment of seventeen children, and a staff of three teachers, the school has come a long way. From the academic year 2017-18 Ilm Academy has been operating K-8 from its new location as part of the ICF expansion project.

Ilm Academy is proud to be on the list of reasons why many out-of-state families plan their move to the bay area. The exceptional level of education provided by the school is achieved through teachers chosen not only for their qualifications but also for their dedication and zeal for working within the unique environment of an Islamic School.

Our Vision

Ilm Academy’s vision is to provide a comprehensive conventional and religious education to students in an environment that is, at the very core, aligned with the moral codes, values, and belief system of the learners. The school’s vision of imparting an education targeted toward achieving and maintaining excellence in conventional education is  synchronous with ensuring that the nurturing of the learner is achieved at all grade levels in all aspects apropos to age and grade level. 


Our Mission

At ILM Academy we nurture children to:

  • Practice Islamic values which develop a character of honesty, integrity, and responsible behavior.
  • Think critically and creatively.
  • Develop as intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically sound individuals.
  •  Contribute constructively to a global society.
  • Communicate effectively. This is essential for a cohesive school community and a positive school climate.
  • Internalize learning as a life-long process.
  • Be inspired for excellence.

ILM Academy is committed to providing a child-centered education of superior quality. Our objective is educating the whole child while fostering intellectual, creative, religious, social, and physical development.


The Team


  • Mufti Mudassir Owais

Mufti Mudassir is a teacher and resident scholar at ICF, Islamic Center of Fremont and currently heads numerous scholastic efforts. He also serves as a counselor and mentor for all ages of both the dedicated and the casual seekers of Islamic knowledge.

  • Maulana Tameem

Maulana Tameem is a Bay Area resident and graduate of San Francisco State University and Binoria Madrassa, Karachi where he received his master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies.. For the greater part of the last decade, Maulana Tameem has engaged in a rigorous curriculum of religious knowledge, studying under some of the foremost scholars of North America, Africa, & South Asia. He is the Imam and Director of Masjid al-Huda in Union City, California, the Founder of Nur Institute, dedicated to Islamic education and enrichment, and currently the principal of Darul-Ulum Fremont, ICF, where he teaches future-generation scholars of Islam in the esteemed Aalim Course program.

ICF Board (as an umbrella organization)

School Team

  • Mrs. Huma Bokharey – Principal/Administrator

Mrs. Bokharey brings over twenty-three years of distinguished educational expertise and experience to Ilm Academy. She has an MS in Administrative Sciences and over the course of her career her credentials have included the roles of both teacher and administrator in the Challenger School System. Additionally, she has held the position of Corporate Quality Assurance Manager for CA, NV, and UT Challenger Schools. Mrs. Bokharey has founded Ilm Academy and has served as its Principal since its inception. She is also the founder of Sapienza Educational Publishing, Ilm Academy’s  publishing division established with the aim to produce Islamic  school curriculum.



  •  Ms. Irum Sarfaraz – Assistant Principal

Ms. Sarfaraz is a veteran journalist with over twenty-five years of experience in the writing field. With an MS in English Literature, and writing diplomas, her published credentials include over two thousand bylines in magazines, newspapers, and blogs, and a poetry anthology and novel. Seasoned in English and Urdu fiction and non-fiction writing, translations, and editing, her major projects include the translation of Harun Yahya’s ‘Evolution Deceit’ and ‘Atlas of Creation Vol. 1’ from English to Urdu. She continues to overlook the school’s Language Arts program as Director of Language Arts, 8th Grade LA teacher, and School Publications Editor. Ms. Sarfaraz is the lead writer for Sapienza Educational Publishing, Ilm Academy’s publishing division dedicated to producing Islamic school curriculum.



  • Ms. Shehnila Vaid – Office Supervisor

Ms. Vaid manages the office and office staff at Ilm Academy. With a BA in Commerce and multiple ECL Units from Ohlone College, she is among the pioneering staff/parents behind Ilm Academy since its inception. Ms. Vaid has seven years of experience in teaching, including teaching KG at Ilm Academy. Currently her responsibilities include assistance in administrative tasks, parent/office coordination, and other regulatory affairs.

  • Ms. Wahida Lambe – School Accountant

Ms. Lambe has a BA in Economics and Politics and over ten years of experience in accounting. Additionally, she also has over two years of abacus teaching experience. Prior to joining Ilm Academy, Ms. Lambe worked at the American Heart Association accounts division. Besides overlooking the school’s accounts, she also assists Ms. Vaid with office affairs.

  • Ms. Hafeezah Fajrelidrissi – Quran/Deeniyaat Teacher
  • Dr. Aishatu Rabiu Muhammad – Quran/Deeniyat Teacher


  • Ms. Fatima Zahra – Kindergarten Teacher
  • Ms. Shahin Chanda – Kindergarten Assistant Teacher


  • Ms. Uzma Kardame – 1st-A  Grade Homeroom
  • Ms. Sazia Hussain – 1st-B Grade Homeroom

firstgrade@theilmacademy.com, 20firstsec-b@theilmacademy.com 

  • Ms. Tahira Aftab – 2nd Grade Homeroom


  • Ms. Sofia Ahmed – 3rd Grade Homeroom


  • Ms. Rukaiya Attarwala  – 4th Grade Homeroom


  • Ms. Saira Jabeen – 5th Grade Homeroom


  • Ms. Firdoes Syeda – 6th Grade Homeroom


  • Ms. Reshma Farooqui – 7th Grade Homeroom


  • Ms. Nahaya Muhayya  – 8th Grade Homeroom


  • Hafsa Saadia – MS History


  • Fizza Anwar – MS History


  • Coach Sabiha Niaz – PE


Members of the Parents’ Community

Mr. Adnan Makda (Engineer)

Mr. Iqbal Zaveri (Engineer)

Mr. Yousuf Vaid (Engineer)

Mr. AbdurRehman (Engineer)

Mr. Danish Najam (Engineer)

We Offer

  1. A challenging curriculum that continues to remain structured, comprehensive, and balanced in the temporary phase of virtual/distant learning,
  2. Low student to teacher ratio, and
  3. An Islamic environment through which we encourage our students to participate actively in an educational community that promotes ethical value based leadership, self-reliance, and critical thinking.
  4. Believing in the inherent strengths of a human mind, Ilm Academy celebrates the achievements of individual interests and personal talents of its student body.

Ilm Academy is thankful to Allah (swt) for bringing the school so far and prays that Insha Allah, the name of the school be highlighted further in the future as its young scholars gradually move into more advanced educational and professional arenas.

We invite you to review the Parent Handbook below for a more detailed look into school policies and procedures.

Ilm Academy-Parent – Student Handbook docx