Welcome to Al-Asr Microschool!
Al-Asr Microschool is a learning community that focuses on the holistic development of the whole child. Our microschool offers individualized work plans, a small student-to-instructor ratio, and a “flipped classroom” approach, allowing students to learn at their own level and pace.
The classroom is an extension of the family, and the academic and social activities are designed within a spiritual framework that focuses on appropriate developmental needs and loving guidance.We believe in the importance of integral relationships: God, family, community, and self. Our curriculum emphasizes reading, speaking, listening, writing, math, and various hands-on activities that nurture spiritual, academic, and social growth.
MISSION & VISION
Mission Statement: At Al-Asr Microschool we are dedicated to providing a loving, inclusive, and empowering environment that nurtures the growth and education of our children through their critical years in line with the teachings of the Qur’an and Ahl al-Bayt (as). Through personalized instruction, a comprehensive curriculum, and a supportive community, we aim to equip our students with knowledge and cultivate a deep connection to their faith and community.
Vision Statement: Al-Asr Microschool aspires to foster intellectual curiosity, spiritual development, and moral integrity in our children. We aim to empower our students to excel in all fields of life by cultivating a deep understanding of their faith and instilling a strong sense of service to God. Through collaborative partnerships with families and the larger community, we will strive to raise compassionate leaders who embody the highest values of Islam and contribute to the betterment of our community and society.
- Primary Learners (Kindergarten to second grade)
This class offers a mixed-aged classroom environment for children entering kindergarten to second grade. Students will be immersed in learning the skills of reading, speaking, listening, writing, and math in a variety of units throughout the year, indoors and outdoors.
- Advanced Learners (Third to sixth grade)
Students learn to become independent learners with individualized work plans, peer collaboration, and small-group check-ins with the instructor, all within a framework of loving guidance.
- Independent Learners (Seventh to tenth grade)
Students work independently on their personalized work plans, peer collaboration, and small-group check-ins with the instructor, fostering self-directed learning and building bonds.
- Upperclassmen (Eleventh and twelfth grade)
Part-time status and dual enrollment opportunities at Northern Virginia Community College are available.
Our comprehensive and culturally-inclusive curriculum reflects our commitment to providing a well-rounded education. Here’s what to expect:
- Multitude of Resources: We utilize a diverse range of resources, carefully selected and tailored to cater to the individual needs and learning styles of our students.
- Adaptation to Student Needs: Our curriculum is adaptable, includes personalized instruction, and provides support to ensure that every student can thrive academically and reach their full potential.
- Alignment with Virginia State Requirements: Our curriculum adheres to the standards set by the Virginia Department of Education, covering essential subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical education.
- Integration of Islamic Teachings: Alongside the secular subjects, we seamlessly integrate Islamic teachings and principles into our curriculum. By centering the Qur’an and the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the Ahl al-Bayt, we provide our students with a holistic education that nurtures their spiritual growth and strengthens their connection to their faith.
- Fostering Critical Thinking and Inquiry: Our curriculum encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and inquiry-based learning. Through thought-provoking discussions, hands-on activities, and research projects, we empower our students to become independent learners who can analyze information, think critically, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
- Cultivating a Love for Lifelong Learning: We strive to instill a passion for lifelong learning within our students. By fostering intellectual curiosity, creativity, and a growth mindset, we equip our students with the tools to continuously seek knowledge, adapt to new challenges, and embrace lifelong learning.
Electives and Extracurricular Activities
We offer a range of electives and extracurricular activities in the afternoons, including World Literature, Art and History of Islamic Spain, Writing classes, Vocal training, Qur’an (Tajweed), and the Big History Project. These programs go beyond traditional subjects, allowing students to develop practical life skills and deepen a God-centric understanding of the world around them. These classes may be signed up individually, even if a child is not enrolled in the microschool full or part-time.
We are located at the IAM Fairfax location.
If you would like to enroll your child(ren) in Al Asr Microschool, kindly complete the inquiry form provided below. No entrance examination or interview is necessary. Children who are at least 5 years old and fully potty trained are eligible for enrollment. Additional details regarding the required documents will be requested at a later stage. Please note that capacity is limited, and priority will be given to full-time students. Completion of the inquiry form does not guarantee enrollment, as availability is contingent on capacity.
We strongly encourage and expect parental involvement in the education of our students. Our school family is an extension of the home family, and we believe parental engagement and partnership is integral to fulfilling our vision. We will have regular parent-teacher meetings and events to facilitate communication and collaboration. Additionally, we provide ongoing updates to parents through our online platform to keep them informed about their child’s progress.
Safety and Security
We prioritize the safety and security of our students. All children on the premises are supervised at all times, and we have a check-in/check-out system in place. Parents are not allowed inside the facility unless they are assigned to assist on that day. We have security measures in place within the school premises and a code of conduct and disciplinary policy to maintain a safe and respectful environment. For your children’s safety, our staff is First Aid and CPR certified and we have a doctor on standby for any acute emergencies.
Calendar and Timings
The first day of school is September 11, 2023. School will be open from 9:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday, followed by afternoon electives. Afternoon electives are open to the community, not just those enrolled in the microschool. Some electives, such as Qur’an class, are included for those who are enrolled in the microschool. A detailed calendar will be shared with all enrolled parents, providing information about holidays, breaks, special events, and programs throughout the year.
The microschool offers two tuition categories. Our standard tuition is available for parents who are unable to volunteer at the school. A discounted rate is offered to families who volunteer at the school, fulfilling tasks such as being room parent for the day, helping manage lunchtime, or supervision during recess.
We also offer financial aid through a third-party service called BeneFAQ.
Tuition per Month without Volunteer Hours
- First Child: $598
- 3 Days – Part time: $468
- 2 Days – Part time: $312
Tuition per Month with Volunteer Hours
- First Child: $498
- 3 Days – Part time: $392
- 2 Days – Part time: $268
- Students enrolling full time will get priority over part time enrollments.
- Supply fee not included in above pricing, $220 per child for curriculum inlcuding Qur’an book and individualized resources for each kid.
- Registration Fee $75 per school year.
- Second, third and fourth siblings will respectively get 5%, 10%, 15% percent off the tuition price per month for those enrolled in full time.
- * Pilot year discount as above.
Join our microschool community and experience a tailored learning environment that prioritizes the unique needs of each student.
For more information and to get in touch with us, please email us at [email protected] or send us an inquiry using the link below.
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