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El-Ber Islamic School

Private | PK-5 | 113 students

Our school is best known for our Islamic curriculum and discipline


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Posted May 8, 2014

This is a very good school to put your kids in for their elementary years. It establishes for them discipline and a high level of education. Im not sure what other parents expect for $13 a day at a private school, but if you go in with the proper expectations and understand that your child will be cared for and well educated you will be happy. If you think paying $3000 (which im assuming is heavily subsidized) is a huge investment and think your child will get art, PE, music and dance, then this not the school for you. You may want to consider schools like the Allen Stevenson or the United Nations International schools that charge over $30,000 a year. I am very happy with my sons development and what he is learning. The teachers and staff are caring, and he is doing very well with reading, writing, math and sciences. The monthly newsletter keeps us up to date and informed, and I am so happy my son memorizes Quran, prays and knows a great deal about his religion. Thank you El-Ber, keep up the good work! One suggestion however, you may want to consider increasing your tuition to be able to improve on whats missing and needs to be improved in the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 21, 2014

the worse....i wouldn't advice anyone to put their kids there. you are basically paying money to put your kids behind in education. all they focus on is arabic and quran.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2013

I love Elber for my children. Teachers and admins are very nurturing. Very disciplined and has a strong curriculum. It's a bit "old school" in the way they educate, but hey I think we can use a little of that method these days. I think you get more out of the children. Thank you Elber!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2013

I have had my 2 sons in this school for 3 years now. The most important thing for me and my wife was for them to understand the Islamic religion and Quran, and I think the school has excelled in this. The teachers and administration are very motherly and discipline the kids very well. I believe if you are looking for a safe and Islamic environment for your kids this is the school for you. If you are looking for aesthetics and extra curricular activities this may not be the place for you. If you are keen on ensuring your child has the Islamic foundation you can probably supplement anything else with after school programs. You may not get as much parent involvement as you want, but you will definitely be kept informed of everything you need to know for your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2013

This school is the best. I have alot of experiences in it for I've been in this school since pre-k. The teachers are very loving. I learned alot of Quran and Arabic alhamdulillah. The teachers were kind and very understanding. The students were so nice to me. All the students were my friends. I wish I could stay but I have no choice, they don't have my grade, i'm going to 6th Grade and they stop at 5th. The teachers were like my mothers and so was the principal . I advise you to give it a shot, see if your child could fit in, according to my experience your child will be just fine.

Posted June 4, 2013

School needs to improve as per its teaching habits. School management needs to improve as per their behavior to parents. School administration has problem with their manner and lack professionalism. Over all, i give the school a "0" star and would take my kids out out. My advise, get new people to come in who are well educated and do a fresh start.

Posted February 11, 2013

This school is ok it's not a great school it has its good and bad as with every school out there . The administration lacks in character but are nice in other ways. I would appreciate it they actually take parents advice and take time to listen to parents instead of arguing to a point . The teachers are wonderful very helpful with the kids and the curriculum I wish was stronger than the Islamic aspect more education needed for teachers .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2012

This school is improving year to year and the teachers and the administration are always there to hear from the parents. The school is very clean and well maintained. My daughter has been is that school for 4 years and I can not thank enough all the teachers what they did with her. I encourage all the parents to go and visit the school, believe me its worth it.
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Posted March 31, 2011

I would recommend this school to those parents who are looking for a school that is both academically good and provides children with a safe and nurturing Islamic environment. The principal is very friendly and is like a motherly figure to both all the staff and students. The school is improving every year and the staff are very dedicated..
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Posted March 30, 2011

I have two children in the school and overall I feel that they are both thriving and happy to be there. The school has a family atmosphere in which the teachers and principal are very caring and at the same time firm with their students. Despite hard economic times they have managed to keep tuition very affordable. Academically my priority is that they learn Quran and Arabic and this they are! Aside from that, they were vigorous in teaching them to read and write and overall I am satisfied with what they have learned so far.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 28, 2011

Elber school, is a very safe environment school. If you would like to put your child in a safe place where the teachers are dealing with the children as their own kids. Very strong academically. Elber school has advantages and disadvantages like any other school. The disadvantages are improving in the last few years. The school now have heat, clean bathrooms, physical education, and more. What i advise you with is to go to visit the school before you decide any decision.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 28, 2011

El Ber Islamic school was established in 1997 in response to a growing need for an Islamic school in the local community.The school building is a new and was purpose built ,providing spacious classrooms as well as a prayer room where all the children perform zuhr salah in jamat every day. the administration ( administrator, principal and assistant principal) all are firm but kind, they care about the school academically and islamically. The teachers are all well qualified both academically and islamically speaking,there is a separate teacher for Arabic and English. Speaking from my own personal experience ,i can say that in the last year I have seen a great change in my daughter.There is a strong emphasis on the Arabic language and they strive to develop the moral and ethical character of students Islamically as well as teaching the other subjects one grade above the NY state advance curriculum. i advice every one who is looking for an Islamic school to go and visit the school
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Posted March 28, 2011

This school is improving year to year and the teachers and the administration are always there to hear from the parents. The school is very clean and well maintained. My daughter has been is that school for 4 years and I can not thank enough all the teachers what they did with her. They are like mothers and we are one family. I'm so comfortable that my kids goes to that school and encourage all the parents to go and visit the school, believe me it worth it
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 53% N/A
Two or more races 32% N/A
White 7% 52%
Hispanic 4% 21%
Black 3% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Arabic languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Atef I. Mohamed
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Islamic


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Arabic languages
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Qu'ran Competition
  • Science Fair
  • Spelling Bee
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
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What are your chances?

10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.

Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$2000 - $3000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
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25-42 49th St
Astoria, NY 11103
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Phone: (718) 274-9060


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