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, who is an internationally recognized Islamic scholar and the founder of Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation. Within the short period of two years, Alhamdulillah AIS has paved its way towards becoming a leading education system amongst established contemporaries.
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 any other modern School, but Islamic creeds and values are integrated at each step of learning. We strive to provide not only theoretical education and values, but also practical role models in the form of our staff to reinforce the taught values and impart true Islamic education to our children.
Why should I send my child to an Islamic School?
There is not one but several reasons for such a choice. Children can be a sadaqa-e-jariyah (means of ongoing reward) and a parent’s greatest investment – they deserve the best education that they can get: education that will benefit them not only in this world, but also in the hereafter; education that will make them not only good professionals, but also excellent human beings. Such all rounded education is impossible to be imparted unless the curriculum is guided by Quran and Sunnah and integrates Islamic knowledge and values into an international standard curriculum. This is the number one reason that you should send your child to an Islamic school, for 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 values children normally learn at home and at school. At an age where every other parent is apprehensive of the character, habits, company of their child, it is a wise step to have your child strongly grounded on the foundations of Islam.
I am afraid that if I send my child to AIS, he will lag in other areas of professional education.
AIS 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 lasting way of learning rather than traditional rote learning styles. Hence at AIS, children get high quality modern education in a caring, healthy Islamic environment.
Does the School enforce Islamic values in the students by force?
Not at all! Children are made aware of Islamic values, are given a conducive environment to practice them and are provided with role models who exhibit the values, but they are never forced to take them on. We believe in educating our children with love and wisdom rather than by force, and in letting them adopt the lessons at their own pace.
How does the School prevent the students from the extremist element?
At AIS we believe in conveying 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 real Islam, based on authentic Quran and Sunnah. Hence there is no danger of our children growing up to be “extremists”.
What is typical student to teacher ratio?
In order make it possible for the teacher to pay attention to each student, we keep our student to teacher ratio as low as possible. In the Montessori Section, this ratio is 7:1, while in Junior Section 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?
At AIS, children are taught Islamic concepts in complete accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. We believe strongly in linking the children to Allah, and not to ourselves or any particular organization or school of thought – they are encouraged to build and nurture a strong personal link with the Creator right from the early years of childhood. Further, even when we use books from various publishers, Islamic concepts are skillfully incorporated into all subject areas.
We teach Qur’an – Recitation and Memorization, Arabic and Islamic Studies fight from the start which is rarely done in other schools. Another differentiating factor is the way we teach Islamic Studies – most schools deliver purely bookish knowledge to children, making it a dry and tedious subject. At AIS, we make Islamic Studies interesting, practical and much more than a subject as children witness it all around them. For example, all students of the Junior section perform Zohar salah in congregation at the mosque every day, it being led by one of students!
Which school of thought/ firqah is being followed here?
AIS does not belong to, follow or promote any particular firqah. We give children a strong “Muslim” identity only, and encourage them to follow Islamic teachings based on evidence from the Quran and Sunnah, and to follow the creed that was followed by the companions of Prophet Mohammad (saw), which was nothing but pure ISLAM.
Are the students allowed to celebrate birthdays, valentine days and other such festivals?
We do not permit the celebration of these events in the school, as we feel that these would distract children from the message of a uniquely Muslim identity that we are trying to build in the children.
Is AIS co-ed? Why?
AIS has co-education only up to grade 3 – after which, boys and girls study separately. Co-education in the initial years is necessary so that children, in their innocent years, learn to interact normally with all members of their class, irrespective of whether they are male or female. Grade 4 onwards, AIS has completely segregated classes for boys and girls in accordance with the Islamic principles.
Why does the school not provide conveyance facilities for the students?
Given the high standards of safety, quality and reliability that we have set for ourselves in all aspects of the School’s running, the School does not at the moment offer its own conveyance facility. This is however, one of our goals for the near future Insha’Allah.
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 children to learn, discover and be skilled through activities other than classroom teaching. For this reason, various healthy sports activities like Taekwondo, badminton, table tennis, horse riding, swimming are offered. AIS arranges various competitions for students to build their confidence and also plans to take active part in competitions on national and international level. Students are also taken on field trips for recreation and practical learning.
Does the school have hostel facility?
At such tender age, children are best to stay with their parents, hence, AIS does not offer hostel facility.
I want to visit school, how do I arrange for it?
Please call the School for an appointment for your visit. We do not encourage visits during school hours, so that classes in progress are not disturbed. To get more idea on what it is to be in AIS, please watch the AIS documentary.
Why is the fee so high?
AIS fee is actually less as compared to many other contemporary schools. Investing in your child’s education now is worth the price as it will give you rewards manifold Insha’Allah. Furthermore, the school is run as a not-for-profit and the fee collected is used to hire quality teachers, provide a conducive environment for learning and for supporting deserving students from the community.
Why isn’t there a big play ground with many swings?
The development of these facilities is in our immediate plans Insha’Allah. At present, AIS is only in its beginning stages, so it is understandable that this particular facility is not yet of the highest level.
How can parents get involved in their child’s education?
We believe that the role of parents in the ideal education of a child is essential. We alone cannot achieve what we want, unless parents cooperate 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 where parents and meet teachers to discuss the progress of their children and discuss any important issue and mutually arrive to a solution.
Parent Volunteers: Some parents can help out in and outside the class 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 the best from his education.
Why does the School discourage TV watching for children?
In present times, a vast majority of television channels are promoting ideas and behavior that are completely against the teachings of Islam. Most channels, including cartoon channels that children like to watch, promote immodesty as being “natural”, disrespect as being “cool”, and dishonesty as being normal and “necessary”, among 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, unobvious manner. Children, quickly and conveniently, pick foul language from T.V shows. Furthermore, 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 damage done to the children is greater, and might be irrevocable. Hence, we feel that parents can make good programs available to children in the form of DVD’s, internet videos, and mobile apps, all under supervision, or at least LIMIT the amount of time their child is watching TV.
Admission and Beginning of Session
Are admissions announced only once during the year?
Yes, admissions are open only in June each year.
When do new classes begin?
The new term will begin in the first week of September 2012 Insha’Allah.
What is the syllabus of the School?
We are very particular about the syllabus. We use a range of educational books and material, some of the best available in the market and then customize it in order to integrate Islamic concepts and values in the curriculum. Alhamdulillah, our qualified and experienced curriculum team is in charge of the integration. Parents are given complete details of the syllabus of their child in the Orientation session held at the beginning of the academic year.
What is the Islamic curriculum of AIS?
The AIS Islamic curriculum team, under the supervision of Dr. Farhat Hasmi, 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. A lot of focus is on practical implementation of the concepts learnt so that Islamic teachings are not just a part of a child’s books, but also becomes an integral part of his way of life Insha’Allah.
Are student assessments conducted throughout the year?
Yes, assessments are conducted regularly according to a carefully planned schedule throughout the year.
I have other queries/I want to visit, who should I contact?
For more questions or to schedule an appointment, you can call at AIS reception at 051- 4438772 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to help AIS as a volunteer. Please guide me.
You can download and fill in the volunteer form from the Forms and Download section of the website, and submit at the AIS Reception.