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Darul Arqam School2
Posted December 04, 2014
- a teacher
I worked in this school for some time as a teacher and felt this school was not as good as they claimed. I saw staff members being mistreated and yelled at. There were many incidents where a few administrators either jumped to conclusions or would bring a lot of unnecessary negativity into the environment by their very negative comments which didn't help us at all in giving the children our best. There was a lot of disorganization especially last year during field day and worse was that parents were asked to pay when field day is free in other schools. The principal that left has a Master's and was there for five years but anyone who lives in the real world can clearly see how unprofessional and inexperienced she was during her long term. Most people were too scared to talk her and at times if there was a difference in understanding something as often is the case in educational philosophies, she found a way to intimidate you and be in full control. Then she and a few other administrators would apologize and only repeat the same actions later on. Finally, a school that has been around for 14 years surely shouldn't pay their teachers around $20,000 and need to be more up to date.
In the beginning the school seems very good but as you spend more time the unprofessional atmosphere is apparent especially from a few administrators. The children are receiving mediocre education and ask for the end of the year test scores. In most cases the test scores are low and this is hidden from the parents. Some teachers are great while others are inexperienced. Too expensive for either an average or low education. Too many activities and events that create imbalance in the lives of children. It is also often unclean with mice being observed and disorganized in the main office.
This school is top notch! Qualified and dedicated staff. Administrators that care and have an open door policy. PTO that is very active. Happy and proud students who achieve every day in competitions and who are constantly involved in community service. What more could you ask for in a school?
I am very pleased with Darul Arqam. My girls are in preK this year and I must say that their early childhood program is one of the best that I have seen. Their day is structured and they use a lot of interactive learning. Teachers are caring and treat the students as their own. They have many extracurricular activities. My girls are enrolled in taekwondo and tahfeez and absolutely love it. Tuition and the cost of extracurricular activities is more than reasonable. But I must say the best thing about the school is the principal. She fights for her kids and staff and really tried to better the school in any way she can. She has an open door policy and takes time out of her busy day to come and say hello or play with my infant son. She tackles problems gracefully and always with a smile. In eight years she has turned the school into a great institution of learning.
The comments about under qualified teachers and no exercise are baseless. Most of the teachers are qualified, experienced and certified within their field. This year in particular DAS has a NJSIAA Sports program. There are extracurriculars both academic and athletic and the early childhood program has multiple formats of physical education including movement, martial arts, indoor playground, etc. It is an amazing school that in a short 11 years can compete with other high ranking private/prep schools. Our seniors have been accepted to excellent schools including Columbia, Penn State, NYU, St Johns etc Don't believe what you hear/read! Come SEE and EXPERIENCE the difference!
We enrolled our daughter last year for Kindergarten and now at the end of the session we are quite satisfied with the teaching pattern, no school is perfect and their is always some room for improvement and i think as a parent we too had our set of concerns, but we were told that the management is already working towards improving the facilities. Principal is a good leader indeed, regular mailers are sent to us with all the updates, issues are discussed, feedback is taken, any negative feedback or shortcomings are accepted gracefully. Parent teacher interaction is very good, teachers are always ready to listen to our issues and take immediate action to fix it, we never had to wait for the PTM to discuss the smallest of concerns, the teachers were always ready to help us and it really helped. Needless to say, we have decided to keep our child enrolled for 1st grade too and expect that going forward this school is surely going to be a more improved teaching institution Insha allah.
My daughter is enrolled in Darul Arqam and I have to say despite much skepticism and many bad things that I have heard about the school, I am very happy with my decision to enroll her. I was told that the school was in bad condition, which I realized that in actually its not, and where it is, there are major construction projects in the works to make improvements. I was told the teachers are unqualified, and discovered that many are certified and the few who are not, have many years of experience teaching the subject matter they were assigned. The principal is also continuously evaluating each teacher and all programs in the school to ensure all of our kids, including her own children, are receiving the best possible academic and Islamic education. I know the school has made tremendous improvements from a few years ago and have faith that they will continue to do so.
I disagree with the comment about underqualified teachers. Most of the staff are either state certified or currently seeking certification in a graduate program. I have three children in the school. It is by far the best Islamic school around. Down to earth, welcoming, environment!
This was my first year at this school and I must say that I have been very happy. The elementary administrator is very helpful .My child is moving to middle school and I have heard very good reviews from other parents,especially about the english teacher who sets a high standard and is also the 6th grade homeroom teacher. The principal needs to learn to deal with parents in a more professional manner and her inexperience shows but the teachers make up for her shortcomings.
DARUL ARQAM is very good school,i had lots of doubts and question in my mind ,when i selected the school for my son ,because no one from my friends were there to tell me about school ,but i went there ,i met to the Principal ,then i thought i should trust her ,and i was right ,i am soooooo satisfied with the school ,my son improved alot,he loves his teachers ,they are like a small family ,and try to improve every day,they are organized and try to more organized .In 2011 i suggested two more families to get their kids registered there . i like the school very much