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Muslim Community School

Private | PK-10, 12 | 84 students

One of the first full-time Muslim schools in our area.

 

Living in Potomac

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $805,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,550.

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Posted April 30, 2014

The Muslim Community school is a very warm and loving atmosphere, where children are treated with love and respect. In turn, they are expected to respect and love their elders/teachers. This is in large part the reason it is able to withstand the many trials it happens upon each year. The dedication of some core administrative staff and teaching staff has helped the school flourish both academically and in boosting the overall morale of the school as an above-average learning institution with a family-like atmosphere. This year has especially been trying, and to witness the resolve and problem-solving skills of the administration, staff, parents and students working together towards a common goal has been inspiring and a lesson in the power of sincere intention and hard work. I salute those who have worked tirelessly to help the school continue to thrive despite the odds. These are lessons in persistence and determination that cannot be taught in a text, yet this school teaches by example. For those directly involved in this process, God Bless you for your efforts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

My School is........AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE MY SCHOOL!!! I love my classmates,i love my schoolmates,i love my teachers,i love the staff,AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE MY PRINCIPAL!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Allah,for placing me in an environment that i myself love love love !!! I thank my teachers ,friends , and the principal who helped me be who i am! LOVE YOU MCS FOREVER AND ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted April 16, 2014

In the name of allah.our school is very safe and lovely and we like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

I would like to start off saying that this school has a friendly environment. The school itself consists of many teachers not only proud to teach, but also proud to be with students. Subjects taught in this school are not just the main MCPS curriculum, but also ethical values and Islamic practices. The standard of education is very high, and the students are about five years above their level. The principal is a kindred soul, and caring for students. However, she could become disciplinary if she wants to. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the MCS family, the teachers (Sr. Nahla, Sr. Saba, Coach Tim, Sr. Maryam, Sr. Kemi, Sr. Nusrat, Sr. Rayan, Sr. Mahboubeh, Miss Yeater, Br. AbdulJalil, Sr. Mahboubeh, Sr. Itidal, Sr. Farideh Imani, Sr. Farida Khan, and Sr. Farideh Garmroudi), the Board, the SGA, and our beloved principal, Sr. Somayyeh.


Posted April 11, 2014

The most beautiful thing about the school is that you feel everyone including staffs and families, are a big family, who care for each other. Having polite kids and well educated families are the other reason to name this school one of the bests.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2014

This school is an outstanding school which has an environment full of warmth and friendship. A message to all community members: This school has low academic standards because of lack of money. How about you stop complaining and help? Certain community members only complain about issues, but when it comes to helping MCS, they back off as if it has nothing to do with them. If you truly are concerned with the welfare and success of MCS students, then stop speaking words that you show no support of. MCS has students with unlimited potentials and teachers who are caring and articulated. MCS can be like any other school, but it depends on our support. May Allah (SWT) help us become more aware of our responsibility of upholding this school's banner.


Posted April 8, 2014

I'm a parent of a current student. Our child has attended other schools and therefore has a perspective on what she does and does not like. She has developed a tremendous affiliation with the school, staff and her classmates. She has found a place where she belongs, is welcomes and looks forward to being a part of. She is progressing well in her secular education while also receiving exposure to foundational education in core religious beliefs and practices. The school is of course limited in resources and seems to be on a recurring cycle of new management. It seems that the current leadership has been able to finally get the school on a solid financial foundation upon which to build and plan. The continued success of the school will rest on the active participation of the parents and community. If you are looking for a place where the staff will treat your child as their own, are open to improving and where you can have a real say, this is the pace for you! May Allah continue to support the MCS team in their noble endeavor - I see even brighter days ahead iA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

My children have attended MCS for seven years and we're so grateful for the nurturing Islamic environment of the school. When I taught at the school I did my research and their educational standards surpass MCPS guidelines. No community is flawless, but this one instills the values and the character that I sought for so long in both my children. I know that the foundation they receive at MCS will give them the strength of character and the academic excellence to succeed in whatever field they choose in the future. Thank you MCS for your many years of service!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

My kids attend the pre-school. They love it. It's a very affordable private school (relatively), and the teaching of islam is great. They are exposed to positive behaviors and they get one on one attention. They do a lot of work and follow Montgomery County Public Schools curriculum. Plus, they have ample space to run - an indoor gym where they do PE, and an outside playground. I recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

The other day my 14 yr old son thanked me for sending him to MCS. I asked him what he likes about this private school. He said "mom I spend time with kids from other schools, they are good and everything, but our values are different. At MCS I can keep and continue to learn good values, how to share, accepting, respect, be non judgmental and have fun at the same time. Practice my faith every minute. The most important thing is that no only I get a sound education but my teachers teach us life lessons." As a parent I can see how home and school compliments each other! Thank you MCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

Excellent school: The teachers, administrative staff, and volunteer parents make this a wonderful educational institution for the kids. My children have been attending the school for over 6 years and they absolutely love it. The best part of this schools is the feeling of family and community- I always witness positive interactions between kids in older grades with the younger ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

This school is truly one of the best places that I could imagine for the healthy growth of my child physically, emotionally, and psychologically. I personally have gone through more than 30 years of schooling, including high levels of professional schools, and I am very proud to see my child benefiting from this one in a kind healthy environment for her growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

We were most grateful to find this small but very capable Muslim based private school were principles are taught and upheld everyday in a caring, nurturing, respectful and inspiring environment. Our son was struggling socially when he made the jump to public middle school. The lack of kindness and respect was overwhelming. This school saved his life. There has been misunderstanding regarding the religious basis taught here. Let me reassure you, true Islam is taught here, the Islam shared by all "denominations" of Islam so don't worry which Muslim your child is because they will feel amongst their brothers and sisters. There has been much transition administratively recently, however I feel they have reached a near perfect balance at this point with a very strong, professional, nurturing principle. Also the quality of the high school teachers are excellent. As further proof of this school's capability, this year's graduates have received acceptances from Georgetown Univ, GWU, American Univ, UMD, and others. Lastly, there is ample opportunity for parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

This is a grate school , we moved here from another place my daughter was having difficulty leaving her old school but enrolling her in this school was the best decision I've made, she is in love with this school. In her school she has learned to be a faithful student and compassionate human being every body in the school like a family to her they are so nice and caring , she is doing good regarding her grades and very comfortable and happy and am so pleased, her teacher Mariam is any child's dream teacher and the principle Somayyah does not fit a profile of principle because she is so kind and caring yet she knows how to apply the rules with her polite way . If you are looking for school where the faith and the family value are enforced in a very pleasant way this is defiantly the school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

hi every body. i love this schools prek. my son showed better behaviors as soon as i register him at school and gain weight. i love the fruit and healthy snacks that serves for kids at school. i love cultural events and decoration as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

MCS has/had the potential to be a great school, an ideal for many Muslim families in the DC Metro area. It is sad to see that even the latest review on this site was from 2012, number of students being around 121. However, we are in 2014 and the students are under 70, for a school PreK to 12th grade! If you just had some real independent parents who have nothing on their mind but the success of the school/students then you would see a difference. Money issues, staff and administration would all be resolved. Parents would all work for the common good of the children. No one else should have any business running the school of this size. Parents have been fooled by "others" that we can make MCS better, by better management, better website, increasing student enrollment, better administration, better adherence to bylaw.... all failed!!! Show some purity and work for Allah only! Things will get better, iA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

Parent of children currently attending MCS but we plan to go elsewhere really soon. Academic stds are poor, teachers are so-so with an exception here and there. Only this year started quran class...strange for an islamic school. The school can not retain good teachers and administration changes constantly. The school claims to be islamically "non denominational"...but clearly is NOT.....I know of many parents whom have taken the kids out b/c of this reason. I'm just concerned that my kids aren't learning like they should be. I've had experience at another Islamic school and it was an amazing school academically....so yes I do have a comparison. The 4/5 star reviews are just not true. I sincerely hope the MCS improves as it is a blessing for the community BUT lets face reality that our children have to go out in the real world and they should be prepared academically!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2010

As a proud parent of 2 MCS graduates, I have to say that my children were blessed to have attended MCS. Yes, there has been ups & downs,for example we had to hire a private math tutor one year but that was a small price to pay to keep my child in an islamic school where he could learn alot more than just Math, science,... I put the pros & cons of sending my children to MCS on a scale & the pros wieghed a lot more. I felt that the damge that public school could do to my children would be irreversable, so we stayed thru it all & do not regret it. There has been many changes this year that makes me belieave MCS will continue improving day by day. Many people are working hard to see that happen, including the new principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

It is great to see teachers and parents talk about MCS. I believe, the school has improved since the beginning to the year. Parents and staff must make it their priority to help the students to successes. I know some parents and staff who come to school from long distances, I personally moved from another state so that my three children obtain their education in Islamic environment. I am very happy with the school and the teacher. It is apparent they believe in the Islamic values and when things get rough they work through the challenges. I had an opportunity to talk to some of the MCS alumni; they were happy with their experiences. In fact some of the alumni, who finished their Bachelor degrees, are coming back to MCS seeking teaching positions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

We must support MCS regardless. I am a parent and have all my kids studying at MCS. I see many dedicated teachers and staff working hard to get the school in its right tract and improve its academic quality. I think this could happen if we support them as parents. I see a bright future for them since there are now new people involved. MCS is a survivor and will improve every year. I am proud of them for their hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 86% 6%
White 9% 42%
Black 5% 35%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 60% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 40% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Montgomery College
University of Maryland
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Urdu
farsi
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic, Farsi,
  • Spanish
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
  • Urdu
  • farsi

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • 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
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Somayyah Nahidian
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Islamic
Fax number
  • (301) 340-7339

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic, Farsi,
  • Spanish
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
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Urdu
  • farsi
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • 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
  • family carpools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Model UN
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tutor
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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
84
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
87

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Sponsorship

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Montgomery College
University of Maryland
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
2 year college - 60%
4 year college - 40%
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7917 Montrose Rd
Potomac, MD 20854
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Phone: (301) 340-6713

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