High school at Al Madina School of Richmond is a time of preparation for life outside of the school which would include the preparation for college and career. Students will be given responsibilities to decide and set goals for their future as they would after they graduate and they will experience classes specific to departmental curriculum like in college. The basis of the curriculum is the VA S.O.L.s along with Qur’an, Arabic and Islamic Studies curriculum that is accredited by CISNA (Council of Islamic Schools in North America).
Al Madina’s curriculum for high school education integrates CISNA (Council of Islamic Schools in North America) guided Islamic Studies and Qur’an into the VA S.O.L.. The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects.
In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll at a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and earn college credits through the Concurrent Enrollment program. Special qualifications are needed to be eligible for the Concurrent Enrollment program; please see the Concurrent Enrollment link for details. A Dual Diploma program is also offered at Al Madina School of Richmond. This program gives students the opportunity to graduate high school with 2 diplomas: a high school diploma and an Associate Degree diploma. Special qualifications are needed to be eligible for the Dual Diploma program; please see the Dual Diploma link for details.
Qur’an, Arabic, and Islamic Studies (QAIS)
During the school year, emphasis will be placed on helping the students develop their Islamic identity as believers (Mu’minun) and to learn basic concepts of Islamic practices and implementing it in their daily lives.
The students will be studying five main subjects:
Aqidah (Islamic Creed)
Fiqh Al-Ibadat (Jurisprudence of Worship)
Sunnah, Seerah and Islamic History
Tafseer of the Quran
Adab & Akhlaq (Islamic Morals and Manners)
Our CISNA accredited curriculum grants us 6 different levels for Qur’an and Arabic. Students will progress based on their levels in learning Arabic and reading the Qur’an. All students will learn the basics of Qur’anic reading, writing, recitation with tajweed, and memorization. Students will also learn the specific Arabic vocabulary of the Qur’an to enhance their understanding of the Qur’an. Arabic in QAIS is taught as part of learning Qur’an. Arabic as a foreign language is taught as a separate class.
The goal for our students in QAIS is for them to be able to read, recite, write, memorize, and interpret the Qur’an by themselves with the rich background of Islamic history and tradition so that they may practice and live with the Qur’an as their guide.
Arabic as Foreign Language
Arabic as a foreign language is offered at Al Madina School of Richmond to facilitate our students fulfilling their foreign language elective credits as required by the Virginia Department of Education for earning a high school diploma. The class focuses on the culture of Arabic language in terms of speaking, reading, and writing. This class stands apart and is not part of the QAIS curriculum. However, teachers may infuse Islamic teachings into the curriculum content as they see fit.
English/ Language Arts
ELA – English/ Language Arts are taught in Al Madina with the baseline methodology aligned with the State Standards. Students in 9th through 12th grade will build upon College and Career Ready expectations which include exploring non-fiction, literary and critical reading and analysis, composing revising and editing works, learning the correct way of documentation and the ethics behind such documentation and reviewing and growing great communicating through listening, collaborating and presenting information effectively.
Any further pursuance of ELA as an elective, such as creative writing, may be explored under the Concurrent Enrollment program.
High school mathematics in Al Madina School of Richmond is based on the SOL Standards. The curriculum is based on giving students the ability to achieve six mathematical focus: number and systems, algebraic methodology, functions, modeling, geometric logic & dimensions, and statistics & probability.
The 6 mathematical focus are applied into the following sequential content each year:
6th Grade: HONORS MATH (6)
7th Grade: HONORS MATH (7)
8th Grade: Algebra I
(Taken as early as 7th grade~ High School Credit given for passing grade)
9th Grade: Geometry
(Taken as early as 8th grade ~ High School Credit given for passing grade)
10th Grade: Algebra II
11th Grade Trigonometry & Pre Calculus
12th Grade: (ELECTIVE) Advanced Mathematics
(Including Calculus & Statistics)