Timeless Teachings in a Changing World
The educational program of the Islamic School of Rhode Island has been developed with the ultimate goal to prepare students to be the best Muslim American citizen possible. That is one who consciously worships Allah (SWT) and diligently promotes Islamic values; according to the teachings of Al-Qur’an and Al-Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). At the same time, he is the citizen who appreciates and adapts the national ethics. Hence, he will benefit himself, his family, his country, the Muslim Ummah, and humanity. Also, the Islamic School of Rhode Island strongly emphasizes the Islamic behavior and national ethics in students' daily life. instruction includes different aspects of Islamic manners, prayers and how to maintain an Islamic personality in a non-Islamic society.
ISRI curriculum is designed to spiral across grade levels, increasing in complexity and level of mastery each year. Common Core State Standards is rigorously implemented to go with the 21st-century skills. Teachers strive to help students make connections across curricular areas to provide experiences that stimulate learning in all developmental areas – spiritual, physical, social, emotional and intellectual. Integration among the curricula is focused upon during the daily teaching practices.
ISRI curriculum is divided into two main branches: traditional program including the core subjects such as Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, Language Arts, Computer Studies, Art, Library, Physical Education and Health and non-traditional program for teaching Qur’an, Islamic Studies, and Arabic (QIA). The traditional curriculum meets the terms of the standards and objectives of teaching in public schools. While the nontraditional program prepares students to read and understand Qur'an and the teachings of Islam. Arabic is taught as a foreign language to help students get connected to the language of revelation.
Core subjects have been designed in keeping with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). We use Scott Foresman Curriculum Language Arts, and Social Studies in Elementary school. For Science, we are using McGraw-Hill curriculum for elementary school, and Glencoe Curriculum for Middle School. We use Holt Mcdougal Common Core Curriculum for English Language Arts for Middle School. For Math, we have Scott Foresman Curriculum enforced for Grades K-8. Extra-curricular activities and school field trips are provided for all classes.
QIA curriculum has been designed to build a strong relationship between students and Islam through knowledge and practice. In Qur'an, ISRI students learn Tajweed, memories many Swar of the Holy Qur'an, study Tafseer and understand the context of revelation. ISRI Leadership developed the Qur'an curriculum to protect the kids of misunderstanding of Qur'an. We implement the " I Love Islam" series to teach Islamic Studies in Elementary school. Middle school study "Islamic Studies" series. For Arabic, we are using the series of Al-Afaq in Arabic Language الآفاق في" اللغة العربية ."
PRE-KINDERGARTEN & KINDERGARTEN
ISRI provides a supportive and nurturing environment in which children are active learners, growing in self-confidence and respecting people and the environment around them. In this welcoming atmosphere, important lifelong attitudes to school and to learning are established.
In a structured setting, Pre-kindergarten teachers creatively teach readiness skills in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Motor Skills, Arabic and Islamic studies, thus providing a solid foundation for the full curricular kindergarten program.
In Kindergarten, students build on the Readiness Program begun in pre-kindergarten and move toward the full curriculum of reading, Language Art, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Islamic Studies, Arabic, Library, Art and Physical Education.
ELEMENTARY: 1ST – 5TH GRADE
ISRI provides its students with a challenging, standards-based curriculum, which emphasizes fundamental skills. Subjects include reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Islamic Studies, Arabic, Visual Art, Library Physical Education and Health. Extra-curricular activities and school field trips will be provided for all classes.
JUNIOR HIGH / MIDDLE SCHOOL: 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE
The more demanding junior high program is designed for a student’s personal growth and is structured to provide consistency and support, while fostering each student’s evolving sense of academic responsibility and independence. The curriculum consists of Language Arts, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, American History in Social Studies, Islamic Studies, Arabic, Computer Literacy, Visual Art, Physical Education, Library and Health.