American Youth Academy

Head of School's Welcome


Dear Friend and Supporter of American Youth Academy,

Assalamu Alaikum,

American Youth Academy, also known as AYA, is home to over 600 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 and IVY League admission to include John Hopkins, Duke, and MIT to name a few. AYA students participate in the Scripps’s Spelling Bee, National Geographic’s competition, Regional Science Fair sponsored by the Hillsborough County, MIST competition, Quran competitions, Arabic competitions, National essay competitions, Poetry competitions, Art competitions, social service projects, and sports programs, which are all offered annually. Students not only participate in numerous extracurricular, academic, and several sports programs but compete and win in various state and regional events.

With the vision of the Board leadership, the collaborative efforts of the administrative team, dedication of the 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 and expansion of a fast growing and competitive IB program, and the offering of extracurricular activities. 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.

The school is currently led by the head of school, three division leads, operations manager and numerous support staff. They work collaboratively with the administrative team, support staff, and faculty 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, Insha’Allah, 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

Head of School Bio

Sr. Farhat Siddiqui  obtained her B.A degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University and subsequently her M.Ed. degree from Loyola University, specializing in school leadership and administration. 

Farhat currently works with schools to provide Comprehensive Needs Analysis and Strategic Planning, Staff Development and Performance Assessment, Vision/Mission Development and Implementation, Accreditation and Compliance, Data Analysis and Strategic Planning, Program and Policy Review and Development, Instructional Design and Implementation, and Curriculum Review, Design, and Implementation.

Farhat is committed to the advancement of educational institutions to provide success for students. She is a Certified Chair for AdvancED; NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and serves as a committee member for school site visits for accreditation.  She is an Educational Speaker and Trainer for the Illinois State Board of Education and conducts professional development training for staff and mentoring and coaching for school leaders. She has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally on topics of strategic planning, school improvement practices, professional development for teachers, and numerous other topics in education. She served as a member of the Board for ISNA National Educational Forum for nearly a decade, held annually in Chicago and a member of the Board for CISNA – Council of Islamic Schools of North America, for several years. She is the Co-Founder of the Board for CIS – Council of Islamic Schools of Illinois. She is a contributing author for educational publications.

Farhat worked as a classroom teacher for nearly a decade at one of the largest Islamic Schools in the United States, Universal School, where she was awarded the highest recognition – “Teacher of the Year”, for her commitment to excellence in education. She was appointed as a lead administrator, an Assistant Principal and eventually a Principal, where she served until 2009. During her tenure she was recognized for her efforts to streamline the school functions and raise the academic status of the school by receiving accreditation with the leading independent school accrediting agency, AdvancEd. Farhat was recognized with the service award in 2004 and 2009 for her commitment to best practices in education. In June of 2005, Universal School was featured in TIME magazine as “The Model School, Islamic Style”.

Farhat Siddiqui served as the Principal of College Preparatory School of America from 2009 to 2013, where she worked with a dedicated team of teachers and staff to raise student achievement scores and received recognition from the Washington Post in 2013, as the most academically challenging school in Illinois. CPSA continues to benefit from this recognition due largely in part to the establishment of a systemized approach to school management that is the hallmark of Farhat Siddiqui’s approach to organizational leadership. 

Sr. Farhat Siddiqui joined AYA in 2016 as a consultant. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed as the Head of School by the Board of Trustees.   

Jazakum Allahu Khiran





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