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Al Aqsa Islamic Academy

Private | PK-12

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $94,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted June 23, 2014

Our school has three goals: help children have a close relationship with their Creator, be a success in academics and to be confident and comfortable with themselves. We treat our students with respect and encouragement. Our children then go on to colleges such as the U of Penn., Fordham U., Penn State, Temple, CCP to name a few.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 5, 2013

Great school. I recommend this school for any Muslim k-12 :] Alhamdoulilah for in Pa there is a lack of Islamic schools.


Posted April 29, 2013

My son attends Al Aqsa Islamic , While I appreciate the schools effort for this school to have been established in 1996 I feel that the overal administrative aspect of the school could improve. There are excellent teachers that I have encountered within the school, namely Ms Sakinah, Ms Halimah, Ms Benita to Name the very few. Many of the arab teachers and staff are extremely rude, and yell at the children instead of practicing sabr and gentleness. In addition, the students are unruly and unstructured. I appreciate Al.Aqsa providing the community with and Islamic education, but.for a.private education which parents are paying for I hope to see many improvements in the future inshaAllaah
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

My daughter graduated from Al-Aqsa in 2007 and will graduate from Temple Univ. this year 2011. She's in the process of applying to graduate sch. In reading some of the other reviews, no, my daughter did not get the chance to participate in any extra curricular activities there. I made sure though that she had the after school activities and tutorials she needed. Yes, Al-Aqsa gave her the academic foundation and the islamic moral support she needed to strive for future independence. You see, if you the parent/student put nothing in to the academic support of the teachers, and this is anywhere you go, you will get nothing. On the other hand, if you put more into the support of the teacher/administration, your child will be well paid in his/her success. Stop complaining and go to work. Any situation is what you make it. Help fix whatever you think is wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

I am a parent of an elemantary school aged child, and I am appalled at some of the statements that disgruntled parents have made. For all of the parents that have complaints, are you of those parents that never show up for parent-teacher conferences? Are you one of the parents of the kids that cause disruption in class and can't seem to stay out of detention? Are you one of the parents that instead of support the teachers and administrative staff, seek to make their job more difficult? I have had nothing but positive experiences from this institution. Compared to other private schools, the tuition is reasonable. If a parent is involved in the educational process of their child/ren, they will have a positive experience at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

My daughter is a former student at Al-Aqsa. The tuition is way too high for the sub-par education, the unqualified staff, and unruly students. I'm not allowed to say exactly what is allowed to go on between the students in this school, but I can say that it isn't something you would expect to happen in a school - let alone an Islamic school. You would do better to homeschool or send your children to public school for academics, and teach them about Islam at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

i am a new parent at the school. i am very disappointed with the some of the teachers for the upper grades. they say that they are muslim but they lack good charter. they have teachers that are rude and disrespectful to paying parents and children. i can go on and on about the poor behavior of the staff. i am moving my children back to public or charter. ****To think I rather have a non-Muslim teach my children then some of these Muslims*****
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2009

I am a proud parent of this school. My kids a are to be attend the school and look forward to coming to school every day. Jakkai
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

I think this is one of the worst schools in philadelphia.They say its Islamic, but the behavior says otherwise.The teachers there don't know how to each. They have no extra curricular activities, and no resources.I wouldn't reccomend this school to anybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I'm very disappointed in this school. My child is in third grade, he failed a couple of subjects, this school had no type of resources to aide my failing child. No tutoring or any type of assistance...Also for a child thats advance, there's no futher assisting the advance child to the next level where they maybe advanced in, so there for, the child will be stuck.....Also there's no type of computer technology for the children in the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

This is a real K throu 12 school Islamic studies and Arabic taught by born muslim teachers Arabic is their 1st language. All the teachers are muslim and love the students. The english teacher is Brother Muhammad for 7 8 and 9 grade. He is Mitch Gilberts son from WDAS remember Truth is the only labting Joy! Allah has sent many excellent teachers to this school I am very glad we found it, our kids all go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

I think that it's a beautiful school the children can learn everyday living and islamic studies at the say time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2008

I think it's one of the best schools that teach displine and well manners , and self respect i totally reccomend it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

I believe it is an excellent school with a very positive learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

20 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

20 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
13%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

23 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

20 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

20 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

15 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

15 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

15 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
13%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

14 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students48%
Female47%
Malen/a
Black45%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%

Reading

All Students44%
Female40%
Malen/a
Black40%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%

Reading

All Students35%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%

Science

All Students74%
Blackn/a
Multi-ethnic75%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students13%
Female18%
Malen/a
Black11%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%

Reading

All Students13%
Female12%
Malen/a
Black11%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%

Writing

All Students23%
Female29%
Malen/a
Black17%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female73%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged74%

Reading

All Students30%
Female33%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students35%
Femalen/a
Male50%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%

Reading

All Students55%
Femalen/a
Male58%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students20%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%

Reading

All Students47%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%

Science

All Students13%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%

Writing

All Students79%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black73%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Whiten/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 47% 15%
White 46% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Temple, Penn State, CCP
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
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Arts & music

Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Abdur Rahman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Islamic
Associations
  • ISLA
Fax number
  • (215) 765-6640

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Playground
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  • We work very hard on increasing faith in God in our students and raising their academic performance.
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Financial aid offered
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Temple and Community College of Pennsylvania
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1501 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Phone: (215) 765-6660

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