Virtual schools are a clear trend for the future.
According to NY Times, there were around 250,000 students enrolled in full-time online schools in 2011.
We are planning to get Accredited through AdvanceED (leader in accrediting K-12 schools, both online and brick-and-mortar). The process has started and an initial application has been filed.
We may align with other online schools to meet the student's needs. Credits earned from such institutions must be pre-approved by our administration.
Colleges do not discriminate against online schools. In fact, some online schools are highly successful in placing their students in high-ranked colleges and university.
We strive to provide the services that colleges actually look at during the admissions process: grades, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and curricular enrichment.
A laptop/tablet with a microphone is required.
Yes, tuition can be payed on a monthly basis.
No, the student is required to purchase the books; the price of the books isn't included in the tuition.
The WizIQ virtual classroom will be used to conduct the virtual classroom and the platform will be Moodle (LMS). Students go to gotoclass.arqam.org to access the classroom.
Tentatively start of the year is last week of August and end of academic year is first week of June. We do attempt to accommodate new students during the school year if they are currently enrolled at another school.
All our teachers for core subjects are certified teachers. Almost all of them have Masters. Most of our teachers have more than five years of experience in teaching.
A student may:
a. Enroll locally in a Martial Arts Academy; this will suffice for our PE requirement. (Recommended)
b. The parent may coordinate with a professional trainer, paying them by the hour and meeting in a local gym as arranged by the trainer. Activities may include tennis coaching through USTA and similar coaching in other sports. Students may also complete their PE education online logged by a supervising parent/coach
c. Attend a summer camp
d. Request a waiver (for religious or other reasons). A parent should still keep track of 20 to 30 minute daily workouts at home.
We have online lab activities that simulate hands-on training.
We require placements tests in Math, English and Arabic.
After enrollment, we enroll all parents in the TADS program.
You register your child through the website by clicking the link "Enroll now" . Enrollment is on first come first serve basis and limited. So you need to act now! There is no fee for registration this year.
We strictly follow common core curriculum standards. We use presently Pearson-Prentice Hall curriculum for secular subjects
There is the option for full school enrollment, secular subjects only and Islamic Studies only enrollment. If parents opt out of any module, students are highly encouraged (but not mandated) to attend live classes. They still complete the same quizzes and tests as the rest of the students. The modular enrollment is only allowed if the parent provides proof that the student is enrolled in another school/program to fulfill all the graduation requirements.
Arqam Virtual academy