Building a school, mosque, water well, and other such structures is considered charity that continues after death (sadiqah jariah).
There has been a remarkable growth of private Islamic Schools in America during the past 20 years. In a study done in 1987 by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), there were about 50 verified schools in America. Now, in 2010, there are approximately 240, with the vast majority of those schools being established in the 1990s. Because communities continue to open new schools - albeit at a slower rate than in the 1990s - the ISLA felt that it is important to provide some resources that communities can refer to in the planning stages of opening a new school.
Although there is no "right" way to open a new school, an Islamic school is typically community based and supported and is created to meet the needs of the community it serves. Some schools evolve out of a home-schooling effort; some are initiated and supported by a community masjid; and others are founded by a group of parents who share similar educational goals for their children. Many schools begin with just two or three grades, typically Pre-K4 through 1st, and expand a grade each year.
In a effort to provide some useful "how to" information, Islamic school administrators who participated in the founding efforts of a new school were sought out and agreed to provide information and insights about their experience. The ISLA hopes you find this helpful:
Step-by-Step Guide: Creating an Islamic School by Kathy Ahmed
Establishing an Islamic School: Eight Key Items by E. Fowziyyah Ali
How to Save Money When Buying Textbooks by Salman Zafar Shaikh
Sample Bylaws for an Islamic School by Salman Zafar Shaikh
Word 2003 format
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|Feasibility Study - ISNA Ed Forum High School Pre-Conference 2010 - Word 2003 doc|
|Feasibility Study Table - Word 2003|
|A - Z Checklist for Launching a High School - ISNA Ed Forum 2010 - Word 2003||A - Z Checklist for Launching a High School - ISNA Ed Forum 2010 - Word 2007|
|Budget Sample High School - Excell 2003||Budget Sample High School - Excel 2007|
|Staffing Needs - Excel 2003||Staffing Needs - Excel 2007|
|Course Map - Sample - Word 2003|
|Step-Wise, Grade-by-Grade Plan - Word 2003|
|Feasibility Study and Implementation - ISNA Ed Forum 2010 - Power Point 2003||Feasibility Study and Implementation - ISNA Ed Forum 2010 - Power Point 2007|