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Darul Arqam School1
Posted March 23, 2015
- a parent
I cannot understand the nice posts at all because the school is not only disorganized especially during field day where I volunteered as a parent and there was chaos but the dirty nature of the office, bathrooms and seeing mice and roaches a few times. There is still no principal in the school and the turn over staff rate especially in the elementary department is astonishing, the textbooks are old and computer lab also. I don't think it is worth it for the money.
The nice posts of Darul Arqam are from people that either don't know what is really going on in the school, administrators that want to save their jobs or other people that have political interests. Many of my friends took their children out and I also decided just recently to take my children out after seeing so many problems when comparing them to other "proper" schools that actually do and say as they promote. Teachers leave this school left and right due to these problems and please do read the posts objectively while others feel not much has really changed especially with the principal leaving and six months later not being replaced. People please compare them to other schools that have been around for just as long (almost 15 years) and see the difference! Just look at the homework site which is never updated like all other good schools by the teachers and that says enough!
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.
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