Maha Durrani - 2018-2019

I have been a part of Ilm Acadmey for four crucial years of my life. These years have been unforgettable. The memories I have made are priceless and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Middle school wasn’t perfect to say the least and my peers and I have all had our share of tears and arguments but at the end of the day, we came back stronger and closer.

I want to start off by thanking my parents, family, teachers, classmates, the community and my best friends who have made this lengthy journey one that I will never forget. They have been there for me through my outbursts, stubborn moments, and times when I was a terrible person. They have stood with me all these years not judging me, but rather, seeing the potential in how I could grow. Nothing would have been possible without the endless support they have given me. For that, I shall be forever indebted.

The teachers have been a main part of this experiance,  being our family away from home. They have each have played a tremendous role in our growth and without a doubt borne with us even when we were annoying. Khala Irum our homeroom teacher came to Ilm Academy in fifth grade, which was also my first year attending Ilm. I remember her first words even before she introduced herself to be “I’m  not going to be nice”. That left a permanent image of Khala Irum in everyones head as the teacher that gave us so many essays that we would get hand cramps, and the lady who would never smile. I will admit, I thought that in the beginning as well but after four years, Khala Irum has grown on me and I know that I can tell her anything and would know that she would advise me to do what is best for me. Thank you for your saracasm, scarce smiles, and these experiances you have shared with us. It may have meant having no feeling in my hands but I will always remember you and never forget the impact you have left on my life.

Khala Nahaya has always been the sweetest, treating us like her own children, and putting us all before her. We all know that she has gone through so many hardships in her life but everyday she come to school with a smile on her face making us feel like the most special peiople on Earth. No words can describe how much she means to us all, and no action can show how indebted we are to her.

Khala Aisha came this year but still from taking selfies on her phone to pouring out our feelings to her, her class is always an escape from the pressure of school. She’s just like a best friend to us all and I cannot thak her enough for putting a smile on our faces every day. Khala Firdoes has bdore with us throughout the entire school year  and we all knew that we made it very hard on her. I will never forget her edible labs, and the messes we made so thank you for making eighth memorable for us.

Khala Hafiza and Moulana Imran have worked very hard and have taught me Arabic in which I have always struggled. Thank you for dealing with my endless talking and made the lessons built around my capabilty of understanding.  Khala Fizza has been such an amzing teacher and has maintaimed patience with us during all the home economics classes. She even let us eat in her class.

I also want to thank my family, especially my parents who have deal with my meltdowns and  balanced my weight on their shouders. Thank you for being such an important part of my life and I honestly don’t know what i would do without you guys. I want my fellow peers of the ILM Academy graduatin g class of 2019 to know that they are all the sole reasob I have remained sane. They help me through the stressful oments and always mke me laugh and put a smile on my face. I cant even begin to say how grateful I am to each and every single one of them.

I hereby leave ILM Academy a stronger women with endless and unforgettable memories. This is the end of yet another chapter in my life, and the start of a new one.


Aiham Amari - 2018-2019

Ilm academy, a place that for the past seven years could have been called my second home. I have been a student in this school since second grade, and I have been here to witness its many changes over my span here. I entered Ilm academy when it was still young, in about its second year. There were about fifty students, and from kindergarten to fourth grade only. We were based in a much smaller school. That obviously had its disadvantages, but it kept us close, so that everybody in the school knew each other. I would say that there were only ten students per class, and the biggest class probably contained only  fourteen.

Then over the years, the school expanded its grade levels and more people started entering, until finally Ilm Academy became a known Islamic school in the Bay Area. It also added more classes, until finally in the 2016 – 17 academic year, we had an eighth grade class which was the first to graduate. Then came the 2017-18 academic year, and that was a big year in our improvement. We had a full graduating class, and finally moved into a big building that was ours, and identified us as Ilm Academy. And now, after seven years of watching this school grow and prosper, I am officially in its eighth grade graduating class. 

But now I want to discuss the people in this school that have helped me develop from a simple second grader, to the person I am now. All of the middle school teachers I have had, have helped encourage me to be a better person. The two teachers that lasted with me the longest have been Khala Nahaya and Khala Irum. Khala Nahaya with her fun and encouraging spirit, with the morales she brings to class every day. She has been a big part of my life. And Khala Irum, who by the younger grades is known for her strictness. Yet only by being in her class can you discover the sweetness that lies inside her.

There are other people in this school who have not taught me and in some way shape a part of who I am. One of them is Khala Shaneela, who used to be the kindergarten teacher in my first few years and then became the office manager. She is always there when  anyone needs help and to encourage them with her sweetness and humor that she generously shows to all who ask for her help. Ilm Academy has showed me that there are people in the world that you simply just cannot replace.

In conclusion, I will miss the values that Ilm Academy has taught me. It will be very hard to leave this school, knowing that I won’t come back. I will miss the people that have been here to guide me in life through my seven years in Ilm Academy.

Mariam Vaid - 2018-2019

School is what shapes every child’s youth. Going to a good school can make your future amazing, full of wonderful surprises. Going to a bad school can make you live a future of despair, just because you never got the right education. School is also where every child makes his or her first friends, friends that may remain by their side until they grow up. And if they make bad friends, stay around bad influences, that may also affect them forever. If a child is bullied in his or her school days, that pitiable attitude may remain with them until the day they die. Basically, school is an extremely important part of every person’s life.

I have gone to only one school for my entire life. Ever since kindergarten, I have attended Ilm Academy, which provided an Islamic environment and upbringing for me. Now, when I think about finally graduating from here, I have mixed feelings. As much as I am happy to finally go to a different school, I know that I will miss Ilm Academy a lot. Most of my childhood memories were made here at this school. I met a lot of my closest friends here, friends that I will never forget.

As a plus, both of my parents were active in the growth and progress of this school. when I joined Ilm Academy in its first year, there were a total of around 20 students, only three grades. Now, Alhamdullillah, it has around 180 students, with grades K- 8 th . It may still be a small school, but it has grown incredibly over the past nine years. And it was never the grandest of schools, but the memories made in the tiny classrooms with few students are endless, and they will never be forgotten.

I remember when we were in a smaller building, with no air conditioning and very tiny classrooms. Our playground was just a set of swings and a slide, but we made do with that just fine. It would get so hot during summer, and with no air conditioning, all of us would be sweating. But those were memories that we made. With every single teacher, we remember different things. We learnt so much from being in this school. Especially after getting a bigger facility, I’ve seen just how much this school is growing and improving. Now with a bigger campus, we have bigger classrooms and better appliances. But the memories made in the earlier days of Ilm Academy are the ones I will always keep close to heart Those memories are the ones that will always come to me when I think about Ilm Academy.

Ilm Academy has been like a second home for me. Every school has room to improve, but I think that this school has improved immensely over the years, and I have high hopes for it. I can just imagine this school still standing after a long time, after all of its first students have grown up and gone away, carrying their memories with them. Because the amount of dedication that has gone into the making of this school is tremendous. Ilm Academy has given me so much. It has shaped my entire childhood, all my loving teachers, from kindergarten all the way to 8 th grade, I will never forget it.

Mariam Shuja - 2016-2017

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 - 2016-2017

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.