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Islamic Foundation School

Private | PK-12 | 603 students

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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 December 3, 2013

My oldest has been going to IFS for 5 yrs now, and my youngest for 2 years. The past two years ever since Omar Qureshi and his dedicated assistants have taken over, the school has completely changed for the better. I am very happy with how they are managing the school. I love that my kids are performing 3 grades higher on all of their standardized tests but are not overwhelmed with homework when they come home. I went to a fully packed Coffee hour with the Principal on November 21st and was very impressed by his presentation. I want to thank him and his staff for doing such an amazing job presenting all the facts in a clear and concise manner. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a solid foundation for their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2013

I have been going here for over a little over a decade and I'm absolutely proud. The sense of community and family is very heartwarming. The principal is a mentor for many and truly knows how to take the school to better places. I will always be thankful for him. The parents are very involved and there has been a lot of spirit in the air with the Spirit Shop. Our academics alhamdulillah are improving with AP scores being higher than schools such as College Preparatory School of America last year. This is not a school where all you do is learn and forget life, you grow spiritually in the deen and mentally in knowledge. I would recommend people to send their kids here because it truly is one of a kind. The masjid it has is great too.


Posted November 25, 2013

I am very satisfied with this school. It has much to offer, and the most of the staff is very dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

This school year (2012-2013) has been an awesome school year for both students and parents. Our new principal, Omar Qureshi, along with his two really dedicated assistant principals, Ghada Fahmy and Saadia Shariff, have really done an outstanding job! They have implemented so many useful programs and have really worked hard on the curriculum to bring our students up to higher standards in education. We have more after school programs and tutoring that has been such an enormous help to our students. The parents too have done an incredible service to the school and have been fighting for the rights of teachers and have been there to support the staff whenever they can. This year the IFS community really felt like a big family and I really applaud the hard work, determination of each and every individual who has helped. I only see a brighter future for our school and I really do hope that the community can pull together and get that new building completed. Thank you to all of the dedicated staff, teachers and parents that have worked so hard this year! You ALL are outstanding!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Its a great school I GIVE 5 starts to elementary because i don't no anything about middle school n high school yet
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

Islamic Foundation is falling apart. They are doing what they can to maintain their public appearance while the foundation of the school falls apart.I feel as though many of the programs offered are only added to the list for the school to promote but there is no substance. Teachers seem under qualified and unmotivated. Also, most importantly, from students to administration I feel it portrays the most unislamic behavior of the islamic schools in the area and I dont consider myself to be very conservative. I have been associated with the school for many years, but finally decided to cut ties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

The school's management is not well run. The administration talks a big game but rarely follows through. The parents who contribute more monetarily seem to have more of a say in how the school is run than the school itself. I have seen grades be overturn for these families and major ethical and behavioral violations be overlooked for children in these families. I was disappointed with the open door policy allowing students who were dismissed from other schools be allowed to enter into IFS. I paid good money for my child to attend IFS only to be surrounded by misbehaved peers and unislamic distractions. The PE program at this school is a joke. The school is over crowded and they try to cram an extremely high amount of students (50+) into an elementary school gym with not nearly enough equipment...not to mention PE teachers who do not seem to care to improve the overall health and wellness of the students. Many teachers are outdated and underqualified. The ones that are not....have heavy course loads and are unable to teach to the best of their ability......i have too much to say and not enough room. Very dissatisfied with this school and the way it is run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

IFS school is improving every year in all avenues. Management, Staff and most teachers all professionals and are very approachable to discuss any issues/questions/concerns. They are aggressively finishing the new building that will help accommodate the growing numbers of students..I believe now they have 800 students...and still growing!!!. If you are planning to get your kids admission esp in earlier grades..act early or else you will be on waiting list and will not be able to get in. School lunches (optional to sign-up) are catered from local halal restaurants daily. School doesn't provide any transportation for kids and you are on your own to pick/drop your kids. Audio/Video equip/smart boards, Computer Lab and Library all have improved a lot. Recently a great effort is made to engage parents with improved PTA. Last point with no mean to offend anyone is ..you can send you kids to IFS for learning quran and islam..wearing hijab etc.....but if you don't yourself practice or provide the same supportive env. at home than it will be a waste of your money and time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

My kids get a great education from teachers that care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

MY FOUR CHILDREN ARE STUDYING THERE AND ONE GRADUATED FROM THERE. IT IS A SCHOOL THAT IS PROVIDING A COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION TO MY CHILDREN TO SUCCEED IN COLLEGE, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND OVER ALL TO BE A BETTER PERSON, CITIZEN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

I have been a student at IFS since I was in PreSchool. Now I am a senior, and I have decided to leave. IFS no doubt has an enviroment to teach students about their faith, and that is commendable. However, they do not proporly prepare you to engage in the western society that we all live in. They do not teach you how to be a good Muslim AND thrive in todays society. This is why I choose to leave this school, believing I have the foundation I need to succeed in my post high school years. IFS needs to improve in achedemics (more APS, and a more well rounded curriculum. Not everyone wants to be a doctor and take only science classes.) Also IFS needs to recognize which teachers are benefitial to the school, and which ones hinder its growth. Thanks IFS for what you taught me.


Posted February 28, 2010

IFS is a school that continues to give my children skills and support they need to excel in whatever they choose to do in academics, socially, and most importantly, deen wise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

For teachers I give them 80 out of 100 for the administration 10 out of 100 for decipline 0 out ofr 1000 for office 90 out of 100 because need to be more profesional handling teenagers the students are good but they need the right help
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

I go to this school and it is so much fun.The classes are great.The teachers are so nice.There is alot of volunteering done by the students at school events such as the Fun Fair.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2009

I love this school my children love it to it has grate teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

IFS is a school I will never regret attending for Elementary, MIddle, and High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2007

personally, I think that the students that came from public school, absolutely hate IFS, but that's only because they are used to the kind of discipline over at public school so they don't like it. if they give a try then I guarantee that they will love it because I and other people have felt this way, and they don't want to admit it, but its even better than just a second home to you. its like the expression,'don't judge a book by its cover,' it really is the only school that made such a recovery in my life. if you want your kids to be in a school that they are comfortable in and gives Islamic and other subjects that public school has with out standing teachers, let your kids come to IFS, let them be happy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2006

One of the best schools. Parents and teachers are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

My daughter attended pre kindergarten here. I was very impressed with the school and it's environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2006

Good islamic study school back ground.
—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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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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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
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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

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • 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
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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
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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.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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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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