Dear Friend and Supporter of American Youth Academy,
American Youth Academy, also known as AYA, is a living, breathing reality for over 550 students in grades pre-school through 12th and is one of the leading Muslim educational institutions in the Tampa area. With a focus on academic excellence rooted in Islamic values, it proudly boasts of a 100% graduation rate and produces National Merit Finalists. AYA students have participated in the Scripps’s Spelling Bee, National Geographic’s geography competition, Regional Science Fair sponsored by Hillsborough County, MIST competition, Quran competitions, National essay competitions, Art competitions, social service projects, sports programs, and Interfaith events, to name a few. Students not only participate in numerous extracurricular academic and several sports programs, but compete and win in various regional events.
With the vision of the Board leadership, the collaborative efforts of the administrative team, dedication of staff and support of the parents and community, AYA is well prepared to guide the students to the next level of success. We continue to set and complete short term and long term goals to include the introduction of the IB program, and the offering of extracurricular programs. With a steadfast focus on providing a challenging program of studies for the students, we have obtained accreditation from the leading international school accreditation agency, AdvancEd as well as the Florida Council of Independent Schools and CISNA, the Council of Islamic Schools of North America.
The school is currently led by the head of school, a principal, two assistant principal's- one for curriculum and instruction, the other for student program, and an academic advisor. They work collaboratively with other administrative support to review and implement policies that will maximize the educational quality of all programs. The highest priorities for the upcoming year include: retention of top faculty with increased professional development for the staff, increased parental engagement, meaningful leadership opportunities for the students, integration of the character education program into all subjects, and improving the curriculum for Arabic and Quran. These initiatives will, inshaAllah, further enrich the experience for our students.
We are confident that our collective efforts provide an excellent education that is supported by a nurturing Islamic environment. We thank you for your continued support of AYA.
Farhat Siddiqui, M. Ed.
Head of School