ABOUT ISRI

Mission Statement: 

 

"The Islamic School of Rhode Island is committed to inspiring excellence in our students' education, character, and personal conduct. We strive to teach them how to gain KNOWLEDGE, increase their FAITH in their daily lives, and incorporate Islam and exercise DISCIPLINE in their pursuits to benefit themselves and society."

Our Philosophy

Our Values:

At ISRI, every student is unique and deserves exceptional care and quality education. We are committed to providing our students with the maximum college and work readiness to compete all over the globe. ISRI supports higher thinking skills to enable its graduates to succeed in the unknown future.

 

Head of School's Welcome,

 

Dear Parents, Students and Muslim Community Members of RI,

 

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatuh,

 وَسِعَ رَبُّنَا كُلَّ شَيْءٍ عِلْمًا ۚ عَلَى اللَّـهِ تَوَكَّلْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا افْتَحْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ قَوْمِنَا بِالْحَقِّ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الْفَاتِحِينَ

"Our Lord has encompassed all things in knowledge. Upon Allah we have relied. Our Lord, decide between us and our people in truth, and You are the best of those who give the decision."

 

I am honored to be able to take this opportunity to share my excitement about joining the leadership team of the Islamic School of Rhode Island (ISRI).  I am looking forward to building a positive relationship with all the stakeholders of ISRI: students, staff, parents and community members.

 

It a top of my priorities to continue and extend the mission of ISRI to establish the foundation of the comprehensive character of our students to be ready for the unknown future. Students' leadership is the main standard of ISRI's strategic plan for the coming three academic years in shaa Allah. The plan states 3 clear priorities: Islamic Values, National Ethics, and Quality Education to help establish the Muslim American leaders for the future.

 

ISRI's leadership strives to provide a very welcoming, safe, warm educational environment. Islamic values and discipline will be embedded in our students' daily practices and behavior as well as daily instruction. In addition, the school plans to offer personalized instruction in a variety of skills.

 

ISRI's staff are dedicated and committed to the mission of the school. They are fully aware of their role to develop the students' personality emotionally, physically and educationally. All curricula are being revised and developed according to 21st century standards and national goals. Core subject teachers will start implementing the Common Core State Standards this year in shaa Allah. At the same time, Qur'an, Islamic Studies, and Arabic teachers will develop new standards for teaching the QIA. I assure that every staff member at ISRI does his/her best to satisfy Allah and achieve the school's mission. I would like to say: "I am blessed to work with such teaching staff."

 

In addition to the strategic long plan, ISRI has a short-term plan to improve itself. The plan includes starting the first year of high school at ISRI next academic year 2015:2016 in shaa Allah. We promise our community to do our best to make this class physically exist by the next semester of the current year. Safety is a major component of the short-term plan. We believe that education cannot be successful unless the environment, where it takes place, is safe, healthy and clean. We will create an environment where students, teachers, and parents feel proud and excited as soon as they walk through ISRI's doors. The short plan also pays great attention to parent involvement so that we will establish a strong active Parent Teacher
Organization (PTO). As partners in the education of ISRI students, I welcome your input.

 

Wonderful things are happening at ISRI and I am proud to invite you always to visit and advise me or even criticize. The school will implement an open door policy for every community member whether your child is among ISRI students or not. You are more than welcome to email me, arrange with the front office staff for a visit, or submit your suggestions in the suggestion box in the school lobby.

 

I would like to say that our commitment to our students is absolute. So, ISRI strategic plan classifies the value "Integrity" as the first among seven values. We define it as "please Allah by doing the right thing no matter what the circumstances may be". This meaning of integrity extends to the idea of doing everything only for the good of our students.

 

Finally, on behalf of the ISRI family, I would like to welcome our dear students back to ISRI as well as our respected parents. I ask Allah (SWT) to give our students the success and guidance to satisfy Allah, their parents, teachers and their "Ummah". We can never accomplish our goals without Allah's guidance and help. Then, we are in bad need of your sincere participation and support. So, I beg you to keep us in your prayers. Please, feel free to contact me through my email: principal@isrionline.org. You can also call the front office on (401) 821-8700 or send a fax to (401) 821-8701.

 

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّـهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

Say, "In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy - in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate."

 

Jazakum Allah Khaira

Sincerely,

 

Abdelnasser Hussein
Head of School

Islamic School of Rhode Island highlights and embeds the following values in the students' conscience and practice:

 

 

Integrity: Please Allah by doing the right thing no matter what the circumstances may be

 

Respect: Respect students, colleagues, parents, and community

 

Teamwork: Emphasize the virtues of cooperation and coordination

 

Accountability: Take personal responsibility for action

 

Compassion: Care and take the responsibility toward others

 

Patriotism: Be a good Muslim American citizen

Competition: Compete for the goodness​​

 

Our History

 

FOUNDERSDR. MOHAMED ABDELRHMAN & SIS. JENNIFER EAD
CO-FOUNDERSDR. NASSER ZAWIA AND SIS. NAEMA NURIDDIN

 

Br. Mohamed Abdelrehman contacted the late Br. Yassin Dhulkifle (educator) for advice and consultation on previous attempts by the Muslim community and made every effort to be in compliance with the Rhode Island Department of Education to acquire the necessary documents and application forms. Br. Mohamed received tremendous help to prepare these documents from Dr. Abdul-Badi Abousamra (founder of the Islamic Academy of New England and Al-Noor Academy, MA) and Ms. Ali, the superintendent.

 

On August 13, 2003, the Islamic School of Rhode Island (ISRI) became a reality on paper with Employer Identification Number, Bank Account, Non-Profit organization, Tax Exempt status, and a Logo (by Br. Yassin, before he passed away).

 

To transform ISRI into a physical reality, a small executive group included Sis. Jennifer Ead (founder), Br. Mujeeb Ahmed (developer) and Br. Mohamed started looking for a school building. With the help from Allah, the dream became reality and the school opened their doors to the community of R.I. in the academic year 2004 -2005.

More board members joined in late 2003 including Sis Naema Nuriddin (Educator, co-founder), Dr. Nasser Zawia (professor, co-founder), and Imam Mohamed Wadeed. The first fundraiser took place in the fall of 2003, followed by a second one in the spring of 2004 as the school building was being identified in West Warwick. And, Sis Dalila Rouri (banker) joined the board as a treasurer.

 

ISRI was established in July 2004. Many community members helped in cleaning, painting, furnishing, and equipping ISRI with all its needs. Books were purchased, staffs were hired, and 40 students enrolled for the first academic year of 2004-2005.

 

More members joined the board including Br. Bachar Sasa (contractor), Br. Muti Siddiqui (engineer), and then Dr. Amjad Kinjawi (dentist). Sixty students joined ISRI in its second academic year of 2005-2006.

 

Alhamdulillah, ISRI has finished its tenth academic year (2013-2014). We pray that the school will continue to grow and flourish and with Allah’s will generations to come will benefit from an Islamic education in R.I – Ameen.

 

An Islamic School in Rhode Island was a dream in the minds and hearts of many Muslims in RI. In July 2004, the dream became a reality.

Islamic School of Rhode Island is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in November 2014.

Our History

 

 

 

 

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّـهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِّمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

 

Say, "In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy - in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate."

         ISRI has been officially awarded the certificate of accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  It is time to thank Allah (SWT) and celebrate such a great achievement.  Gaining accreditation verifies that ISRI provides quality education for its students.  It is proof of our ability to compete with other educational institutions.  It also indicates that ISRI meets the national and international standards of quality education.

 

The significance of Accreditation:

              Accreditation is an expression of confidence in the institution's purposes, performances, and human and financial resources.  The accreditation agency is considered an advocate of quality of education and its improvement.  Being accredited by NEASC is a reflection of improvement of education at ISRI in a comprehensive scope.   It is based on standards that cover 15 different areas in schools and colleges.  These standards evaluate areas such as mission, governance, program, students experience, assessment, health and safety, infrastructure, faculty, and administration.  That is; accreditation testifies ISRI meets the standards of quality education included in these areas.

 

NEASC:

               Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. is the nation’s oldest accrediting association, serving more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and American/international schools in more than sixty nations worldwide. Since 1990, it remains the only one of the nation’s six accrediting agencies to promote collaborations for educational improvement beyond the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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