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Granada Islamic

Private | K-8 | 392 students

Our school is best known for high academics, Arabic & islamic studies.

 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 29, 2014

GIS used to be a good school with wonderful and caring teachers, great Arabic program and led by an exemplary principal who happened to be one of the founders. All that has diminished, the principal position is now vacant, 3 teachers left early in the year (Quran teacher who has worked more than 10yrs), 3 senior Arabic teachers including the Arabic lead left, on top of that the board terminated 6 female staff on their last day of school and then terminated 2 other admin staff/teachers. This all happened within a span of one academic year. They have replaced them with 3 male staff (discrimination much?). How do you replace that many teachers unless you import teachers straight out of south asia? The board and VP are ruthless and do not listen to mediation committee recommendations. The remaining teachers morale are at the lowest now. How can you teach the students about anti-bullying and empathy when the board and VP themselves are great bullies. I would have given GIS 4 stars but now I think they only deserve 2.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

I've sent my child to Granada for 2 years since it's been considered the best Islamic school in the area but it was a big mistake. I agree with the parent mentioning kids who go to Granada should be able to deal with both emotional and academical stress. The after school club program this year is quite good for 1st grade and up. However, homework load is too much. Treatment toward children is centered around disciplining them. Rules are too rigid and punishment too harsh for young children. I'll not consider this school ever again and I do not recommend it to anyone who want their kids continue to love school. I believe most people are sending their kids to this school because of a lack of an alternative. When another alternative came up last year for 6th grade and up, two third of the parents preferred to move there from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

Highly dedicated teachers and staff. High academic standards. One of the best Arabic programs. Starting to incorporate Islamic teachings into practical hands on activities that students can implement in their lives. Doing good outreach and service activities in middle school. Lots of improvement in character development. The best Islamic school in the bay area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

The school needs major improvement if it is going to compete with some of the better private and even public schools out there. The Good: (1) Great Arabic and Islamic studies program The Bad: (1) The school makes drastic changes without ever informing the parents, Parents input in critical matters is very seldom polled and when polled they are usually ignored. The school operates under the philosophy that it knows best what the students need and does not take the parent body seriously or care for their input and satisfaction countries. (3) This school has absolutely no alternative teaching methods. (4) Underdeveloped physical education program. (5) Excessive homework for lower grades and a very stressful class and school environment overall. To sum up: If the administrative and philosophical principles of the school are not a deterrent for you, you should also assess your child to ensure that they are above average (emotionally and academically) and that they can handle a very stressful and vigorous academic environment. Otherwise, this school will not be a good fit for you. This is really the best advice I can offer anyone who is considering sending their child to this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2010

Excellent school, very motivated teachers. Involves parents at all levels. Language arts, maths and Islamic studies teachers are exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

I went to school here. Its pretty good. You learn at a much higher levels than most schools. Sometimes the teachers could be a bit too strict or the other way around, but otherwise its a great place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2007

very welcoming.,excellent strong school with high parent involvement. would definitely recommend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

Excellent kindergarten and warm environment. Well Organized and disciplined
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

Excellent school. They have a new strong curriculum. Parents are highly involved in school. Very disciplined students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2004

Excellent school for integrating Islam into regular curriculum. Need more credentialed teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 34% 26%
Black 10% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 52%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Urdu
Spanish
French
Arabic languages
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Nihad Mourad
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Islamic
Associations
  • CISNA
Fax number
  • (408) 980-1120

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • PE Program
Girls sports
  • PE Program

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
86
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
180

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Santa Clara High School
San Jose High School
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3003 Scott Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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Phone: (408) 980-1161

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