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Brighter Horizons Academy

Private | PK-12 | 720 students

Our school is best known for its Dual-Credit and Islamic Studies program.
 
 

 
 

Living in Garland

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $126,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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Posted June 4, 2014

I go to BHA and at times they can be strict but it's a wonderful, fun, Islamic learning environment for kids and teens. I've been at BHA since the middle of 6th grade and I am now a freshman. I used to go to public school and i personally think that BHA is a way better environment to learn and make friends(: and our principal, vice principal, and deen are only few of the amazing administrators at our school. They're always smiling and they spread cheer around school. The only hard part about BHA is that since it is a private school, it does come with more responsibilities and effort. But it's nothing that a determined student can't handle(:


Posted June 5, 2013

Experienced teachers. The school works hard to promote character along with education and gives priority to the security of the kids.Overall good school with the ambition to grow more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

I graduated from BHA in 2008, after being a student there since 5th grade. I absolutely recommend this school for anyone who is looking for a balance between a great education and an Islamic foundation. It is truly the only Islamic school in the area that follows a "middle-of-the-road" philosophy. Some of the same teachers who taught me back when I was a student there are still there today! I love visiting the Academy because it is easy to see the growth and improvement every single day.


Posted February 15, 2013

I have been working at Brighter Horizons for about 4 years now. I have never experienced Islamic school, as I only received public school education growing up. I would have to say that the Dallas community is very lucky to have an educational institution as BHA. Despite the fact that there are a lot of other wonderful educational institutions in each town, BHA stands strong. Alhamdulillah, our students are above average comparing to most other students at other schools (the proof is in black and white). But, anybody who says that BHA has deficiencies, is not completely wrong. I don't know of one Public or Private (Islamic, Jewish, non-denominational) school that is absolutely perfect-to the tee. We are growing, and are only getting better with every passing year. If this wasn't the case, BHA would still be a house at Polk Street. Alhamdulillah, we are resilient, and BHA is expanding faster than ever, Mashallah. For those who do not appreciate the big picture, I don't think any school out there will satiate your needs. Homeschooling might be your best option! ; )
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 12, 2013

As-salamu alaykum. I honestly feel that this is an excellent school - but it is a unique one. I've been a teacher for 30+ years, with teaching assignments all over the world. I've seen the whole range of ed'l institutions. No school on the face of the planet is free of problems. No - BHA doesn't offer the full range of what other prestigious private schools can offer, and we could not unless students attended from 8 to 6. We face constraints that other schools do not face. We attempt to provide a quality academic, as well as Islamic, curriculum. One of the areas in which we excelled in our recent, successful re-accreditation process was in providing a loving, safe, and supportive educational atmosphere. It has been my experience here - and elsewhere - that most often the most disgruntled, virulent and critical voices are those of students who were not ready to put in the effort required to succeed, or parents with Utopian expectations. I did not see any teacher reviews here, so I'm putting in my 2 cents for what it's worth. In the end, if I have said anything wrong, it is my fault alone. And if I have said anything beneficial, then all praise belongs to Allah (swt).
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 5, 2013

I like my friends in this school but the teachers are horrible! None of them can teach, it's not even funny. I'm so glad I went to public school for a while before i came here. the vice principal won't hear anything from any of the students who are complaining about his mom (which is one of the teachers..) and it's not fair. One of the teachers is so rude that she won't even listen to the kids that want to ask her a question about the assignment. she just keeps saying "go go go go go go go" until the student eventually walks away. Many of the teachers can't teach well. They just copy the examples the textbook gives us onto the board and says "It's so simple, there it is". Some teachers just give the students an assignment without explaining anything and then sit in front of their computers on facebook. Two stars = very generous..


Posted August 26, 2012

I don't think this school provides the quality of education expected at the price of admission. My daughter's language skills actually deteriorated as a result of some of the teachers language skills. It should be expected that an English teacher,for example, be proficient in the proper pronunciation of her subject. I had to re teach my children that verbs are not worbs, wowels are actually vowels and the plural of sheep are not sheepskin! I used to be scared of public the public school system but this school has me equally scared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2010

in terms of Islamic Schools, Brighter Horizons Academy is the vanguard of islamic schools in the south part of the US. We not only have the facilities but also the curriculum to make our children grow up within their own community,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

As a BHA graduate, I am proud to have completed my elementary, middle, & high school education at BHA. I attended college and have graduated with my bachelors. My BHA peers have moved on to medical school & graduate studies. Some of the BHA graduates have been accepted to Harvard, Rice, Cornell, Georgia Tech, Johnson & Wales, UT-Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, and the list can go on. I am a proud BHA graduate, and I will continue to support BHA. And God willing, I intend to have my future children attend BHA. For someone to comment that the school profits money is absurd! BHA has a huge facility that needs to be maintained and education is NOT cheap. Textbooks, certified teachers' salaries, computer and science labs are not cheap. Students tuition doesn't even cover it all. So Thank God that a school of this caliber exists!


Posted February 18, 2010

This school hungry money and they thing they are #1 they make millions of dollars and they say they none profit, they built it free from donations
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

My kids graduated from it it is very great school,and the most important thing that it focus widely on religion and arabic our real identity as muslims
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

Where can you find Islamic and Conventional Studies coupled in one school that can go all the way to 12 grade. BHA is the answer for us, where its a child basis learning program. Where experienced teachers always count at least for our kids who are in elementary school. I recomend to all, if you can afford it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

Wow!!. I love this school more every day. We moved all the way from Utah to Texas just for our children to attend this school. All of the teachers are very nice but firm. They know what they are doing. I have not met one person yet that is not kind and helpful. All three of my children will be attending here until they graduate inshallah. The principal and vice principal are very good as well. I would recommend this school to any Muslim who doesn't want their children attending public schools. It is worth the cost and effort and we would do it all over again if we had too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

it is such a great school im so proud to have all my children graduate from the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

It is a great school in terms of learning arabic and islam. However, administration staff as well as acadamicly it is average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

i would recommend this school if you want your child to be in a safe environment, besides that, the teachers and the staff members only want money!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2008

BHA is a good school. It is constantly improving. Like all schools it still has room for improvement in all areas. My children are thriving, and learning about their religion and language while still not losing their American identity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2007

BHA is an challenging learning environment,its a Islamic private school. its teachers are concerned about the students and do anything for them to understand. The school is very tolerant which they should not be.Overall this school is a good challenging place for students to learn and have a great time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

I am very happy to have my daughter attend BHA. its provides her with the a great learning enviroment. I am very impressed with the fact that all teachers are all highly qualified with Teaching certificates. The teachers are also very hands on and properly address concerns with the parents. My child loves her school and that is important to me bcs i am very happy with our decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

BHA is a model Islamic school. It provides good education to students in clean, healthy, and nurturing environment. It offers great extracurricular activities. The teachers are very hardworking and committed.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Pacific Islander 86% 4%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Hispanic 4% 51%
Black 3% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 31%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Texas at Dallas
Southern Methodist University
Baylor University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Urdu
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Re-accredited by SACS (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Arabic languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Urdu
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Arabic

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Dual Credit Program
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Islamic
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (972) 675-2063

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Internships
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arabic languages
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Urdu
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Dual Credit Program
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Arabic
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$6000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Provided by Islamic Services Foundation

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Texas at Dallas
Southern Methodist University
Baylor University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Dual Credit Program
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3145 Medical Plaza Dr
Garland, TX 75044
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Phone: (972) 675-2062

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