Asalamu Aalikum Wa Rahmta Allah Wa Brakatuh,
SubhanAllah, how time flies. It has been an exciting year of learning and growing here at Austin Peace Academy. As I look back on my fifth year as a principal, I remain amazed by the extraordinary level of dedication shown by every member of our school: students, parents, faculty, staff, administration and board members. I would like to acknowledge the effort of each staff person, and express my appreciation to every single member of this team for creating a successful year.
The enthusiasm of our faculty, staff and parents has allowed us to realize unprecedented achievements. The school is becoming larger; interest in our unique program has been increasing; and we are better known within our community. Along with the growing success of our program, we are in the process of building a new campus for Middle and High School.
In addition to expanding, we are also changing as we prepare for the betterment of the school. Next year, our 7th grade Math will be split into a regular Math class and advanced Honor Math class. We will continue that for the years to come insha’Allah. We are also adopting a new Math program in Middle and High school by College Board, the makers of SAT and Advanced Placement testing. Our teachers are committed to new training in the summer taking Pre-AP and Advanced Placement classes at the University of Texas and Math Spring board training by College Board. Our staff has and will continue to be trained in order to deliver excellent instruction based on these standards.
Our Arabic/Qur’an program in elementary will be changing to Quranic Arabic where the focus in the early ages will be to have our elementary kids master the reading of the Quran. We will be adopting the Bayyinah Arabic program developed by Br. Nouman Ali Khan. APA will be one of the few pilot schools in the USA to have this opportunity. Our teachers will be receiving training in Dallas.
Last, but not least, over the summer our staff will be trained on the Positive Discipline program which will enhance the social-emotional development of our students.
Insha’Allah, we will see new improvements in the coming years. I pray you take benefit in the remaining days of the academic year, have a safe, enjoyable, and family-filled summer and register for next year.
Jazakum Allah Khier,
Principal Diana Abdi-M.Ed