FAQs

GENERAL

What does AIS stand for?

AIS stands for AlHuda International School.

When was AIS founded and who is its founder?

The School was founded on 27th September 2010 by Dr. Farhat Hashmi. Dr. Hashmi is an internationally recognized Islamic scholar and the founder of Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation. Within a short span of time, Alhamdulillah AIS has paved its way towards becoming a leading education system amongst its established contemporaries.

Why should I send my child to AIS?

Children can be a source of sadaqa-e-jariyah (means of ongoing reward) and a parent’s greatest investment – they deserve the best education that benefits them in this world as well as in the hereafter; that makes them not only good professionals, but also excellent human beings. A good Islamic school such as AIS helps your child be a winner in both the worlds Insha’Allah. It will also help bridge the gap between the contradictory concepts and values that children often pick up from secular schools. In an age where every parent is concerned about character development, habits, and the company of their child, it is a wise step to have your child strongly grounded on the foundations of Islam. We take the responsibility to present the curriculum which is Islamically integrated and taught in an ideal Islamic environment.

Is AIS an Islamic School?

AlHuda International School (AIS) is a unique educational system that imparts academic excellence in an ideal Islamic environment. Regular subjects are taught in much the same way as in any other modern School, however, Islamic creed and values are integrated at each stage of the learning process. We strive to provide not only theoretical education and values, but also practical role models in the form of our staff, to reinforce these values and impart true Islamic education to our students.

Does the School enforce Islamic values in the students by force?

Not at all! Children are made aware of our Islamic values, and are given a comfortable environment to practice them whilst observing positive role models in the form of their teachers, who exhibit these values. We believe in educating our children with love and wisdom rather than by force, and in helping them adopt the lessons at their own pace.

If I send my child to AIS, will he lag behind in other areas of professional education?

At AIS, the curriculum has been developed after careful thought and intensive research by experienced and capable staff under the supervision of Dr. Farhat Hashmi and experienced educationists. Be assured that the quality of education at AIS, meets international standards. Alhamdulillah, our staff is well qualified and equipped to handle children with different kinds of learning styles. Focus is on learning through understanding and practice, which is a more effective learning methodology rather than the traditional rote learning style. Hence at AIS, children get quality education in a caring, and healthy Islamic environment.

How does the School prevent the students from the extremist element?

At AIS we believe in conveying the true deen to our children, exactly as it was revealed. Since our deen is practical and balanced in itself, therefore the children who are taught to follow it, are a true reflection of the same balance. There is no “extremist” or “rigid” element in Islam, according to the Qur’an and Sunnah. Hence there is no danger of our children growing up to be “extremists”. Along with this, we also groom our students to face the challenging world with knowledge, wisdom and confidence playing leading roles in the fields they choose.

What is the typical student to teacher ratio?

In order to make it possible for the teacher to pay attention to each student, we keep an ideal student to teacher ratio. In the Montessori Section, this ratio is 7:1, while in senior sections it is 12:1. This way, students enjoy more attention from teachers and become more productive.

How is AIS different from other schools especially other Islamic schools?

We believe strongly in connecting the children to Allah and developing affection for the Prophet (s.a.w), and not to ourselves or any particular organization or school of thought – they are encouraged to build and nurture a strong personal connection with the Creator right from the early years of childhood. Furthermore, even when we use books from various publishers, Islamic concepts are skillfully incorporated into all subject areas. At AIS, Islamic Studies is more than a subject; it is an interesting, practical and a complete code of life.

Which school of thought/ firqah is being followed here?

AIS does not belong to, follow, promote or is inspired by any particular firqah. We merely give children a strong “Muslim” identity, and encourage them to follow Islamic teachings based on the evidences from the Qur’an and Sunnah alone, and to follow the creed that was followed by the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and his companions, which was simply ISLAM.

Up to which level/grade is the school going to be in future?

We have plans to build the school up to intermediate level Insha’Allah.

What extra-curricular activities does AIS offer?

AIS strongly encourages students to develop a wide range of skills, learn, and discover through various co-curricular activities other than classroom teaching. For this reason, various Sport activities like Taekwondo, Badminton, Table Tennis, Horseback Riding, and Swimming are offered. AIS arranges a variety of competitions for students to help them develop their confidence. We also plan to take active part in competitions of national and international level. Furthermore, students are taken on field trips for recreation and practical learning.

Does the school have hostel facility?

At such a tender age, children are best suited to stay with their parents, hence, AIS does not offer hostel facility.

I want to visit AIS, how do I arrange for it?

Please call the School to arrange an appointment for your visit. We do not encourage visits during school hours in order to avoid disturbance of ongoing classes. To get a clear idea of what to expect in the school, please watch the AIS documentary in the Gallery of our website here.

How can parents get involved in their child’s education?

We believe that the role of parents in the education of their child is essential. The parents need to cooperate with the school by reinforcing the lessons and values at home. To facilitate this practically, we arrange the following: Tarbiyyah sessions for parents, where they are given lectures/workshops on important aspects of Islam especially with regard to Parenting. Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTCs), where parents and teachers meet each other to discuss the progress of their children and discuss any important issue and can mutually arrive to a solution. Parent Volunteers: Some parents can help out in and outside the classroom as volunteers, giving them a chance to be directly involved in the School. Parent volunteers are especially common on field trips, annual day, sports days etc. Furthermore, we strongly encourage parents to monitor their child’s homework and stay in regular communication with the teacher, to ensure that the child gains from his education.

Why does the School discourage TV watching for children?

In the present times, the vast majority of television channels are promoting ideas and behavior that are against the teachings of Islam. Most channels, including cartoon channels that children like to watch, promote immodesty as being “normal”, disrespect as being “cool”, and dishonesty as being “necessary”, amongst other evils. Every single TV show that your child watches has an impact on him/her, and he/she picks up bad habits and negative values instantly. Even if the message is being delivered in a subtle manner, children, quickly and conveniently, pick up foul language from T.V. shows. In addition, children tend to become lazy and fall into procrastination, and waste hours in front of useless television programs. We do realize that television has some good things to offer children, such as news and informational programs, but the risk of the damage done to the children is greater, and may be irrevocable. Hence, we feel that parents should make good programs available to their children in the form of DVD’s, internet videos, and mobile apps, all under their supervision, or at least LIMIT the amount of time their child is watching TV.

ACADEMIC

What is the syllabus of the School?

AIS is very particular about the syllabus. We use a wide range of the best available educational books and material in the market and then customize it in order to integrate Islamic concepts and values in the curriculum. Alhamdulillah, our qualified Islamic Curriculum Team is in charge of the integration. The Islamic Curriculum Team at AIS, under the supervision of Dr. Farhat Hashmi, is in the process of developing an International Islamic Curriculum, which is based on authentic sources and is delivered in an age-appropriate manner. Darussalam books are used as syllabus books in grades 1 – 5. The main focus is on practical implementation of the concepts learnt. This is to ensure that the Islamic concepts taught are not just part of the student’s books, but also becomes an integral part of his/her way of life Insha’Allah.

Are student assessments conducted throughout the year?

Yes, assessments are conducted regularly throughout the year, according to a carefully planned schedule.

ADMISSION AND BEGINNING OF SESSION

When do the admissions and new classes begin?

Admissions are announced once in a year i.e., in June and new term begins after summer vacations, in August.

CONTACT

I have other queries/I want to visit, who should I contact?

For more information or to schedule an appointment, you can call at AIS reception at the numbers given below or email us at info@aispk.org.

I want to help AIS as a teacher or volunteer. Please guide me.

You can download and fill in the form from the Download area of the website, and submit the form to the AIS Reception.