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Islamic Foundation School

Private | PK-12 | 603 students

Our program addresses all dimensions of a child.

 

Living in Villa Park

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $150,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,020.

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Posted March 11, 2006

very good academics, although the student to teahcer ration, is quite high. Also they are limited on resources. All in all though the academics are very good and students are quite often, a grade ahead. There are a few extracurricular activities, seperated by the sexes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

As a parent of students who have been going to this school since pre-school, I feel that IFS has alot to offer. The level of education is comparable to any school if not better. Extracurricular activities are present, but I feel more are needed. Parents are highly involved in the school and help provide the positive atmosphere to help children grow both mentally as well as socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

The school provides an excellent environment to develop academic skills and personal qualities of students. Students are challenged to perform in all areas while enjoying the caring and family culture of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2005

The Quality of academic programs at this school are excellent. The teachers and the administrative staff is very responsive. There are plans to expand the school. The availability of music, art and other sports is a draw back. Currently there are Basketball and Soccer sports program. Extra curricular activities include Math Club and tutoring programs. The level of parent participation is average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2004

I disagree, at least the website and mailing list are the only best things liked about the school! The administration, I agree, has a problem. They are disorganized and powerless. They report to a Board that defers to those in the community who have more money. If your child has any problems than it can be a problem if you are not in favor. It is not democratic as it should be. I was upset to see the children did not practice good character and citizenship as Americans as much as they did other things. And agreed, you never know your child has a problem until the report card is in the mail. Communication with parents is not strong. Discipline is a problem along with disorganization. No extracurricular. I expected much more. And even with a new principal coming, it really is too little too late in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2004

I believe the level of education is comparable to other public schools. However, the administration needs much improvement! There's no news bulletins about important events, you can never get any questions answered, and no one in the office seems to know what's going on in the school. The website is hardly ever updated, and no one ever replies to emails. There are no extra curricular activities, and hardly any after school programs that children can get involved in. The staff seems disorganized; they often lose test papers! Parents are not advised of the child's progress until the report card is received in the mail. Overall this school needs to tighten the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

This school is very low in the standard of education and discipline. Also the administrators are never on task to insure saftey of our children. Overall quality of the school is very poor.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 74% 4%
White 25% 51%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 24%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Benedictine University
Loyola University - Chicago
UIUC
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Spanish
Urdu
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Omar Qureshi
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Islamic
Associations
  • ISLA
Fax number
  • (630) 941-8800

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Technology
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Commuter School
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • UNICEF
School leaders can update this information here.

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.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
604
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
640

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Benedictine University
Loyola University - Chicago
UIUC
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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300 W Highridge Rd
Villa Park, IL 60181
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Phone: (630) 941-8800

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