An honest appraisal of this school is what was needed! I gave an honest appraisal after my daughter was there for just 3 months and I saw first-hand how bad the administration is. There were other reviews that also gave their honest opinions about how bad the administration is. FINALLY, something was done about it! Hopefully for the benefit of the children and parents, someone will be hired that is respectful to parents, especially parents who pay a lot of money for tuition. Also someone who is fair and recognizes that they will be held accountable for how they manage an institution.
A MAIN concern that I will advise you of, is that, they are prone to say “how advanced their school operates”, however I pose a question. How do you run a school without teachers being able to write notes on the board? As educators who are supposed to have a background in teaching and with that comes learning about child psychology, they should understand how a child’s mind operates. Children are visual learners and a teacher writing daily notes on the board is VITAL as opposed to dictation style in the elementary grades. Children learn through repetition, so by copying from the board increases their chance of learning & retaining the information. I have always found it strange that most of the teachers from Pre K – 6th grade did not write notes on the board, yet (Elizabeth & Hawana) get upset when the ELA and math state test scores are constantly low. The teaching is sub-par to say the least and they have a practice of leaving students back in the beginning of the school year. The criterion that Principal Hawana and Elizabeth are using to leave students back is based on the IOWA test that is given in September as well as the first quarter report card grades. Never has a school operated in such a manner that instead of using the IOWA test and the 1st quarter report card as a tool to see what are a student strengths and weaknesses and how to improve on those weaknesses, their first option is to hold the child back a grade when the reality is the 1st OPTION should be TUTORING, in which they did not offer.
AnNur is our and our children s most favorite school. Prior to AnNur they attended Craig Elementary School in the touted Niskayuna School District. We still live in Niskayuna and pay hefty school taxes to Niskayuna School District but we willingly pay added tuition to AnNur because it has proven to us to be well worth it. Ms. Wilson, Ms. Branning, Ms. Keris, Ms. Zahdan, Dr. Havana and the staff are all amazing.
This is the best school I have seen in a long time. The staff is very friendly. They sincerely care for my girls and their education. Elizabeth helped me step by step throughout the entire enrollment process. She is very helpful and understanding.
Every year, in the month of June, we students would have fun days (ex.hat day, twin day, dress up as favorite character day, etc). Ever since Sr. Elizabeth came, everything is being changed. She in stubborn and always thinks she's right for every single thing. she make all decisions instead of the principal. The principal lets her beacause she in his WIFE. anyways, she cancled all June Fundays.
It's hard not to gush about AnNur, as civilized and accomplished an elementary school as you'll find. The faculty are a lovely mix of highly experienced with young and energetic, the principal on a first-name basis with every kid. The demographics are dominated by smart parents, as it were, but the make-up is also surprisingly diverse, thanks in part to the proximity of GE Labs and to a growing extent Global Foundries, which are attracting families from around the country and world. I have two very different children, one extremely bright and the other needing a ton of support just to get through the day, and we feel very confident both are getting the education they need. The school does a good job at balancing core classroom instruction with "specials"
We really could not ask for more from AnNur. The support of the school community is overwhelming. It seems like children just blossom with the great love and dedication of its teachers and staff. We made the right decision id choosing to send our boys to this school. It is the best there is in Upstate New York!
I'd like to congratulate Annur Islamic School for being granted accreditation by Advanced Ed. I'd like to give thanks to the staff, principal and administration for working hard to make this great achievement. I would especially like to thank the principal, Dr. Walid Hawana and the Executive Office Manager, Elizabeth Zahdan for putting so much time and effort into making changes for the way it should be today. Thank You
We are American converts and just moved into the community a few years back so we went to AIS to place our kids in the school and were very put off by a women who claims her name was Elizabeth although she is clearly not from the US and doesn t understand the American school system. She was very rude and turned us away from the school. She misunderstood the way things work here as far as services and transportation are concerned. To avoid the hassle of dealing with her, we decided to go with a public school. We are so disappointed and upset as to why people like her are still there misrepresenting AIS. It s their loss.