Charlotte Islamic Academy is by far the worst school in the area. If you're looking to enroll your child in this school I recommend you not, especially if they are in 6th grade or higher. The school is very expensive and you're not getting you're money's worth, not to mention tuition does NOT include uniform, textbooks, or school trips. Teachers are rude and unorganized, sleep in class, sometimes don't even show up. When teachers are absent, they're so low on staff and actual teachers with degrees, they get the principal, janitor, or any graduate from the school to babysit the class. Haram this, haram that. "Cover up!" "Your hair is showing" "Put your sleeves down" "Your nails are too long, go to the office to cut them" "Your hijab/abaya is see-through" "No skinny jeans" "No tight anything" "No button down abaya" "You have nail polish on, come to the office with me" "Your hair is showing for the 2nd time, go call your parents to take you home" "No wearing pajamas under your abaya" "No colored hijabs" "No mismatching socks" ?? While the boys are wearing shorts and tank tops outside, the girls have to wear black long abayas and a hijab out in 80 degree weather. Sexism at its finest. No air conditioning in the summertime, no heating in the winter. In the winter, we don't go outside, we knit for a grade, oh and what are the boys doing upstairs? watching movies. How does that make sense and why is that okay? They pull all the girls aside and lecture them about being modest and covering up and that if your arms or hair is showing, it's going to "distract the boys" I think the boys can care less if my ankle is showing or not. The food that is served at the school gives you stomach pain afterwards and on more than one occasion I found hair pieces in my food. All in all WAY too many rules especially for a school in America. Most of the students have lived in America all their lives where there's much freedom to be and express yourself and then their parents think an Islamic school is great for them and it's like their living in Saudi Arabia from how strict this school is. The only good thing I have to say is that Mr. String was the only good teacher who actually taught you and let you speak your mind and let you have an opinion.
We multiple children enrolled in the Charlotte Islamic Academy and we are LOVING this Academy. The teachers are cooperative, caring, qualified and show interest in our children's education and well-being. Our children are excelling in math, reading, and Arabic/Islamic studies. We feel the Academy environment improves their manners and behavior. Pricing is 75% cheaper than other Charlotte-area private schools! We have seen the Academy make great strides and improvements, and we hope for this Academy to progress and become the best in town. If you are really interested in enrolling your child in the Academy and want an honest opinion, call up a PTO or a parent and ask him/her about the Academy's performance and their experience.
Like a lot of smaller private schools, the child's experience is defined by his/her teacher. A good teacher makes for a fulfilling experience while a bad/disinterested/inexperienced teacher makes for a more challenging experience. Here your luck with teachers is hit or miss. The school has some good teachers but turnover rate is high. It also has its share of not so good teachers. You really need to know who the teacher will be to know what kind of experience to expect. Unfortunately, the administration is fairly weak and cannot overcome most of the challenges when there is a bad teacher except to replace him/her at the end of the year. School culture is great. QAIS is an emphasis but if you have a child that is advanced in these areas then they may not benefit much. The school has made steady improvement and hopefully each year the staff and administration will improve.
This school is fantastic. It's really made a lot of positive changes in the past few years. I can't believe someone said the tuition is expensive. That's daycare money. Other private schools cost 10 and 15 times the tuition here. The teachers are great, and the program is very well run.
My son goes to this school, it was very important to me for him to be around other muslims, I have to say I like his teacher, shes very friendly, thats the positive,but I find her assistant VerY impatient with the children, and you never feel they have time to talk to you. Other problems include1) it is very disorganized overall 2) tuition is fairly expensive, and yet it does NOT include meals, any school shirts, books, snacks, etc., 3)A lot of the teachers are bordering on being rude,=(you dont feel the islamic adhaab you wouldl expect) 4)they dont contact you (after saying they will) with info you request, but they DEFinately call you if there is any question about the billing, 5) you have to wait in a long car line to pick up kids,not allowed to just go in and get them,can take up to 15 mins.6) it is not what I was expecting from an islamic school...especially a private paid for islamic school. I do like that the kids learn quran and arabic, and that there is diversity, but next year I will see if there is any other option, and Inshallah I will find somthing I feel more pleased with
I have to say that the person who wrote all of the staff are Moroccan is completely incorrect and is spreading falsehood. This person needs to actually come by the school and check it out! Anyone can see that the staff is very diverse and very friendly. Get your facts straight!