Our longstanding mission has been to provide academic excellence in a safe, nurturing and Islamic environment, for the purpose of guiding students to become successful, 21st-century global citizens. And we’ve adopted a clear set of objectives in order to accomplish this. Some of those include:
Our first priority is creating a top-tier learning environment for our students, so that they never come in second. Your child deserves that level of attention and care. At AYA, we strive to ensure every Muslim student has the tools and opportunity they need to become the most extraordinary version of themselves. We’re committed to ensuring that the future generation of Muslims are ready to rise to any challenge!
Our motto is simple: Work together for every student's success. Since its founding, the AYA has instituted programs to meet the needs of students of varying abilities and strengths. The AYA, also focuses on the development of each student as a whole, in conjunction with their academics. The school encourages athleticism, proper nutrition, voluntarism, and strong moral character.
The American Youth Academy believes in our community of compassionate and diligent faculty, who are dedicated to elevating the experience of our students. We strive to provide our scholars with every opportunity for success.
We work alongside our parents and faculty to create the best environment for progress and quality learning. Our qualified instructors allow us to be of the finest Islamic studies programs in the nation, enabling us to put great emphasis on building one’s character.
We believe in fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable spaces for our students to grow, learn, and develop. AYA is committed to creating a safe environment of equal opportunity for all of its students. Whereby, no student is denied admission on the basis of their race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin and all students are afforded all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available at the academy.
AYA has instilled a longstanding zero-tolerance policy against all forms of discrimination and harassment. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship distribution, loan programs, or athletic programs.
Discipline & Morality:
One of AYA’s top priorities is to create an environment and structure that allows all AYA students to engage in experiences that prepare them for the future. Strong emphasis is placed on discipline, responsibility, and character development. Moral principles are embedded within the school's culture, and implemented in all our programs. Of these, is the concept of Tawheed (oneness) which is the sense of duty, compassion, and mindfulness we all hold in regard to our fellow community members.
AYA believes that education is a comprehensive concept, which encompasses all spheres: spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical. In all these areas, our orientation draws from the Islamic heritage, as well as modern educational disciplines, with an ultimate goal to give our students the knowledge and tools they need to become successful contributors to their society.
The American Youth Academy (AYA) gained the status of an International Baccalaureate World School in October 2014. This status allows us to offer the IB Diploma Programme to our students in grades 11 and 12, of which 36% are currently enrolled.
Designed for highly motivated students, the IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous two-year course of study leading to externally assessed examinations. Upon completion, these students will receive an IB certificate for each course they successfully passed.
This academic option offered to AYA students allows them to:
Unlike other schools, American Youth Academy does not look to simply produce excellent students; we seek to create future leaders, politicians, and Nobel Prize winners, those who carry the potential to make a difference in the world. And enrollment in our IB Programme helps foster just that. We are the only Islamic school in Florida to offer an IB Programme.
Participation in our athletics program creates a unique growth opportunity for our students. This program fosters an environment that pushes our students to strive towards Islamic traits of selflessness, diligence, discipline, patience, courage, and perseverance. These students are supported in rising towards a higher standard and we believe that the presence and value of athletic competition complements the mission of AYA.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS):
Here at AYA, we believe in helping every student achieve their extraordinary goals. Part of that includes PBIS, a proactive approach to promoting positive behavior and increasing quality of life. With this our students are able to foster new skills, which creates a better learning environment for themselves and their peers.
Quran, Arabic, and Islamic Studies (QAIS):
AYA is committed to the continued development and enhancement of it’s QAIS department. We have partnered with readandmemorizequran.com to help develop curriculum specific to AYA. Readandmemorizequaran.com’s online academy has helped thousands of American born Muslims successfully learn the Quran and the Arabic language. They have aided hundreds of students in reaching and winning worldwide competitions.
This year, we are very fortunate to have Dr. Ahmed Samir as our QAIS consultant, as he evaluated AYA earlier this year and determined changes that needed to be made. Dr. Samir is a pioneer in Quran, Arabic, and Islamic studies in the west, who has been keen on the future generation’s Islamic development.
Dr. Samir has developed a curriculum specific to AYA, allowing for effective teaching. With our new curriculum, students will be able to read the holy Quran with proper Tajweed. Students will be able to read any Arabic text and will be able to understand the content of these texts. All of this will be achieved by following a curriculum for reading and writing Arabic designed specifically for AYA.
First through sixth grade curriculum is adhered by following the reading and writing of the Quran and Arabic language, in the I Love Islam curriculum. This curriculum will involve fundamental foundation of the Arabic language, followed by a series of six books of Altufhah Al Azhariah with each book’s curriculum being designed by Al-Azhar University.
Seventh through twelfth grade will follow the Minhaj Al Muslim curriculum for Islamic Studies and has also been tailored to meet AYA’s specific needs. This curriculum will follow the Seerah of the prophet Muhammad to teach the story of Islam. This will include a series of eight books that use the Seerah of the prophet and Arabic language resources.
In addition, Dr. Samir has recruited Br. Youssef Kromah from Al Azhar University to teach Islamic Studies. Br. Kromah is an award-winning poet, best-selling author, powerhouse speaker and international television host at Huda TV, an Islamic focused television channel. In addition to the new curriculum, all our QAIS department teachers have been trained using this proven philosophy. Every one of our QAIS department teachers will be able to effectively teach the new curriculum we’re adopting. This new curriculum will positively affect the many future generations of students who will attend school at AYA. Our new curriculum will help shape our students to become leaders. We are excited and look forward to making changes that will enhance our QAIS department and curriculum.
“Thank you for being such a great example for Layla and someone she can look up to, as her mom I really value that. I hope you know the work you do and the role you have in their life is priceless.”
- Aida M.
“AYA has a beautiful, bustling campus. The curriculum and atmosphere are balanced, progressive, modest and overall outstanding! Our child has progressed and blossomed in ways we couldn't imagine in such a short amount of time! I would recommend this school over all others in the state of Florida!”
“I just want you to know that despite not being involved in my son's school activities due to my busy life as a single mother, I do really truly appreciate your kindness and your hard work. I can't thank you enough, may Allah reward you with Janna! Ameeeen!”
- Naima H.