WHO WE ARE
Amanah Academy N.A.F. has been established since 2005, as an elementary school from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We got registration for high school in 2011, and since then we have been successfully running Grades 9 to 12 as well. InshaAllah, with the grace of Allah, we will continue on our mission to enrich every student and bring out their potential for many years to come.
WHY CHOOSE AMANAH ACADEMY?
With so many Islamic schools established in the GTA, one would definitely ask themselves, "which school should I choose for my children and why?" In Amanah, we pride ourselves in not only delivering academic studies as per the Ontario Curriculum, but also in providing our students with a deeper understanding of the teachings of Islam and instilling in them the core values of a Muslim. Here's why we stand out.
Amanah Academy N.A.F. was established with the objective to equip students with a strong educational base in addition to grooming their personality in conformity with the principles of Islam so that they can pursue their career with self-confidence and play a dynamic role in the society.
A systematic, comprehensive and integrated program of learning has been designed that covers both Islamic studies and contemporary education for all Grades.
Amanah Academy’s curriculum helps children become enthusiastic learners. Children learn better through active involvement with their environment which promotes independence and fosters decision making.
Islamic studies at Amanah Academy is extremely comprehensive; Nazrah/Hifz-e-Quran, Teachings of Hadith regarding Faith (عقیدہ), Fiqh, Life of the Holy Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم(سیرت), Modes of Worship(عبادات),Sociology(معاشرت),and Transactions (معاملات).
Schemes of Studies (Programs Offered)
Regular Schooling (Boys and Girls separate
Students are to note down all topics of class work and home work assigned in the Agenda. The agenda is also a good means of communication between the teachers and parents on the affairs of the students. Parents are requested to consult the agenda and sign any note written by the teachers. The diary will be checked by the class/subject teachers regularly.
Hifz e Quran with academics
Students complete their Hifz-e-Quran within three to Four years together with their fundamental school subjects
Regular schooling Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Amanah Academy offers a quality education program that aims at developing your child’s religious, moral, social, emotional, physical and intellectual well being in a nurturing environment.
Teaching of the Holy Quran
The Holy Quran is a compulsory subject for All Grades,
Prayers - Salaah (Namaaz)
Arrangements are made to offer Zuhar prayers in the school premises. Senior students are encouraged to offer prayers in congregation.
Correction of written work:
The teachers check and correct all the written work regularly. All students are personally responsible to get their work checked by their subject teachers.
PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
The minimum age requirement for entry is 4 years old on or before the first day of school for Junior Kindergarten (certain exceptions may be considered). Parents are to ensure that their child is previously potty trained before enrolling their child for Junior Kindergarten.
Requirements: The following documents will have to be provided by the parent(s)/guardian of the child:
Birth certificate/Immigration documents
Monthly tuition fees by cheque (Parents can pay a lump sum of $3600 or 2 to 12 installments as per their convenience.)
OSR Request form (Senior Kindergarten and Above)
Outstanding dues must be cleared (if child was previously enrolled at Amanah Academy)
Admissions will be accepted based on a parent/student interview with the admission board.
Termination: If parents wish to withdraw their child for any reason during the course of the school year, they will be liable for issuing a notice 2 months in advance. Failing to do so may result in a fine of 2 months’ tuition fees.
Promotion and Demotion: Parents must ensure that their children understand the grade material for the grade registered as all students will be promoted to the following grade at the end of each instructional year as per the Laws/guidelines of the Ministry of Education. Such promotion will take place regardless of their level of achievements otherwise students may be demoted with the approval of the school council.
Students with disabilities (ADD, ADHD, Autism, etc.): The school does not cater to students with serious learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Any student facing any such disability will have to be withdrawn from the school.
Tuition Fees will be withdrawn in the first week of every month. Thus all cheques must be issued for the 1st of every month.
If a child is absent due to vacation, full fees will have to be issued for the time he/she remains absent. In case of an emergency i.e. death, severe sickness or any other such situation, then too 75% of the total fee will have to be issued.
Parents will have to inform the school of any vacation, in writing, or via an attachment to an email on a personal letterhead prior to the trip.
Pro-rated refunds are not available for the days in which the child remains absent.
Fees will be taken for 12 months, starting from September of the current year till August of the following year.
In the event of a child withdrawing from enrolment at the end of the year, they will be liable to pay for July and August as well.
There will be an administration charge of $15 in the event of any bounced cheques.
Material fee must be submitted upon registration at the beginning of each year.
ARRIVAL / DROP-OFF PROCEDURES
Students must arrive at school by 7:50 A.M. thus allowing them to be present for assembly by 8:00 A.M. sharp.
Parents or drivers (transporters) are required to park their vehicles in the designated parking lots and make sure their children/students have entered the school building.
Drivers must check the vehicle thoroughly before leaving the school parking lot, to see if any belongings are left inside.
ATTENDANCE/ LATE ARRIVAL/SIGN-IN POLICY
Students’ attendance will be taken on a daily basis and recorded.
Continuous disregard for attendance policies (over 15 days) will jeopardize the student’s enrollment and other disciplinary action may also be taken.
Students arriving after 8:00 AM will be considered late and will have to obtain a late arrival slip from the office before attending class.
Late-coming students must bring a note from their parent/drivers stating the reason for coming late.
Parents will be called after their child is late 3 times.
Students will be dismissed from school at 3:30 P.M. daily.
Students must stay in the designated area with their teachers quietly until their names are called.
Students will be released only after their drivers come to the door.
Students must be picked up by 3.45 PM maximum. Baby sitting charges (C$ 5.00) will be applied after 3.45 for each 15 minutes. (3.45-4.00, 4.00-4.15…..)
EARLY DISMISSAL/VACATION/MULTIPLE-ABSENCE POLICIES
The school must be notified:
Two weeks in advance regarding those students taking holidays for over one month.
A week in advance regarding those students taking holidays for up to 2 weeks.
Same day, early in the morning for those students seeking early dismissal.
Students must be on their best behavior at all times. Misbehavior may jeopardize participation in future excursions. Transportation will be arranged by the school to and from the venue of the trip, unless otherwise requested by parents and approved by the school management.
Students will be supervised at all times; in school and during field trips.
Students are to adhere to the supervisor’s rules/instructions at all times. Those students who fail to do so will be asked to segregate themselves from the rest of the students and may be barred from future field trips.
The school is not responsible for students that are transported by any services after the students have been dismissed from school.
Amanah will only refer parents to non-Amanah staff drivers.
It is the sole responsibility of the parents/guardians to arrange for their children’s ride to and from school in the event that the driver does not show up. In the event of a missed ride after dismissal, if the parents/guardians are not able to show up after 4.00PM, the student will be sent home by taxi, the cost of which will be paid by the respective parent/guardian.
If and when parents decide to arrange for their own transportation, parents must inform the office of the following, in writing:
The name of the driver
The phone number for the driver
Parent/guardian consent to release the child (Form can be downloaded from the school website)
In the event of severe weather, parents may refer to the school’s website after 6:30 A.M. at amanahacademy.ca or call the school at 416-750-3939 for information regarding school closure(s). This website may be used to keep informed of upcoming dates as well as events.
If parents choose not to send to school due to sever conditions, they must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message by 8:00 A.M. at the number given above.
All students traveling on a transportation vehicle must maintain proper etiquettes and dignity.
Drivers must drop off and pick their children up from the main door/gate of the school, otherwise, students will not be released.
CODES OF CONDUCT
Amanah Academy attempts to implement a compassionate and tolerant attitude among its students and seeks to provide honesty, integrity and responsibility among them.
Students are expected to respect the rights, feelings and property of fellow classmates, teachers and staff, all other members affiliated with the school and all present in the school premises.
During other school-related activities, students are expected to demonstrate courtesy, consideration and good manners towards all others in and outside of the school.
Students are expected to wear a qamees or jubbah.
Students are expected to wear shalwaars, loose pajamas which do not go beyond the ankles.
Sleeves much reach the students’ wrists.
The lower hem of the qamees or jubbah must reach at least the mid calf.
Students are expected not to wear collars on their qamees or jubbah.
Tight-fitted clothes are strictly prohibited.
Jeans, pants, track-pants, tights etc. are strictly prohibited.
Students are to keep their hair well groomed and combed at all times.
Hair must not become so long as to look disheveled.
Two-layered cuts i.e. “Mushroom Cuts” are strictly prohibited.
Hair must be equally cut from all sides.
Girls are expected to wear shalwaars, loose pajamas which do go beyond their ankles.
All girls are to wear a white hijaab (scarf).
Girls admitted into Grade 5 will be encouraged to wear niqaab (face covering veil) as well. Niqaab is mandatory for grade 6 and above.
Tight-fitted clothes are strictly prohibited.
Jeans, pants, track-pants, tights etc. are strictly prohibited.
Girls Hair, Jewelry, Make-Up
Girls are not permitted to wear make up or jewelry to school. Jewelry will be confiscated and held in the custody of the office until students are dismissed. Repeated offences will result in parents being informed, who will then be asked to obtain the make-up or jewelry.
Hair must not be tied in a ponytail nor raised high on the head like the hump of a camel.
POLICIES INVOLVING MISBEHAVIOR
.Complaints regarding students will be handled by the teacher who is present in the class in accordance to the school’s policies, then further directed to the principal and students can be suspended from class or even from school in severe cases
Parents will be held financially and legally liable for any damage to school property caused by their children.
Harassment or bullying is totally forbidden both inside and outside of the school’s premises.
If any student is being bullied, he/she must immediately inform a teacher and principal. The same applies to any student who is being abused. Child abuse must also be reported and brought to the notice of the principal office.
The student’s personal information will be disclosed to respective local authorities upon request.
Amanah Academy has a zero tolerance policy on disrespecting and disobeying (verbally or with any signs) any teacher or staff member.
PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING
Cheating in any test/exam will not be tolerated and could result in a zero. The same applies for plagiarism.
EXAMS AND TESTS
There will be three exams throughout the instructional year; one at the end of each term.
Students will be assessed and evaluated in a fair manner. In order to maintain justice, the school will make an outright effort to provide the exams by a third party, otherwise cross-examinations will be held.
If a student has missed his/her exam or test, a formal request will have to be made in writing to the office including the name of the student, date and reason for absence.
Parents are requested to contact the school via email, and phone in order to communicate with the teachers, whatever the issue may be. The school will then arrange for a meeting.
Computers are to be used by students for school related purposes only, under the supervision of the teacher(s).
Permission to use the computers will have to be sought from the office.
Abuse will not be tolerated
Use of Electronic Devices
Any electronic device (Ipods, Phones, tablets, etc.) found in the custody of a student will be confiscated and may be retrieved by the student after dismissal. After several reminders, articles may be kept in the possession of the office for up to two weeks. The same policy applies to any impermissible articles, such as playing cards, baseball cards, inappropriate magazines and books etc.
SAFETY: Students’ pockets, bags and lockers will be checked randomly for safety purposes.
Students are required to present their agendas to their parents/guardians on a daily basis and ensure that they are checked and signed by them.
Parents may communicate by writing short letters to the teachers in the agenda.
LOST AND FOUND
Food items which are left behind in the school by students will be disposed of immediately after school.
Any non-perishable item will be kept inside of the ‘Lost and Found’ box until the Friday of each week, and thereafter will be disposed of.
All textbooks, both new and used, are the property of Amanah Academy, and are thus lent to the students. The Monthly Tuition Fees DO NOT cover the costs of any textbooks or workbooks, but are rather covered by the Yearly Material Fees.
Textbooks must be returned when asked for by the respective teacher. Unreturned/vandalized textbooks will result in a fine up to the amount needed to replace the existing textbook.
It is the sole responsibility of the child’s parent/guardian to provide their child with a healthy, nutritious lunch and snack.
Junk food (soda, carbonated beverages, potato chips, candy etc.) are to be refrained from.
The chewing of gum is strictly prohibited on the school premises, as well as on field trips.
Sharing and trading of food is prohibited.
Amanah Academy is not responsible, nor permitted to administer any type of medicine to any child, in any case.
In the event of a serious medical issue, all matters will be directed to the hospital and parents/guardians will immediately be informed.
Students are not permitted to give or take any types of gifts from other students, nor are they permitted to receive any personal gifts from any staff member, unless gifted to him in a collective manner in the presence of other classmates for encouragement, excellence in class work etc.
¨ I have read, understood and agreed to all of the above policies and procedure and promise to abide by them and ensure that my child(ren) will abide by them as well. I also acknowledge that the policies may be amended at any time, without prior notice. However, I do expect Amanah Academy to inform me of such changes in a timely manner.
Father’s Name: _______________________ Witness’s Name: _____________________
Father’s Signature: ____________________ Witness’s Signature: ___________________
Date: ______________________________ Date: _______________________________
PROCEDURES FOR THE CODE RED ALERT
Firstly, the following announcement must be made over the school PA system; “May I have everyone’s attention, please. We are conducting a ‘CODE RED ALERT’”.
Hasten to a safe place, if a classroom is out of your reach.
Check all hallways and ask all students to report to the nearest classroom, locking the classroom door immediately (within 30 seconds)
Ask all the students to sit silently, away from the windows and doors.
Turn off the lights inside the classroom.
Do not respond to any knocks at the door.
Ensure that no one exits the classroom.
Ignore all fire alarms of buzzers during this time. Instructions will be heard over the PA system. If the PA system is down, the megaphone and runners may be used.
Use wise judgment.
If absolutely necessary, only then should you make use of a cell phone.
Stay calm and focused during this procedure.
The completion of the CODE RED ALERT procedure will be indicated by a PA announcement stating the building is secure. Further instructions will be provided at that time.
Students will receive instructions regarding:
Their role during the drill
Where to go when far from a classroom
What to do when outside of the building
Opportunities for feedback will be provided after the drill.
FIRE DRILL RULES
Always remember that the fire bell is a warning to exit the building quickly and calmly. It does not necessarily mean that there is a fire in the building; it could be a chemical spill; electrical difficulties or any other type of emergency. The sounding of the bell is a very serious matter.
Remain silent, listen carefully and follow the rules to avoid getting hurt.
STOP everything you are doing, especially talking.
Don’t panic; walk to the door and DON’T run.
Look at the teacher; listen to all instructions from the teacher or any other authorized personnel
Students and Staff MUST:
Vacate the building right away
Immediately exit their rooms
Turn off all lights and close all doors and windows
Give extra consideration to handicapped persons
Walk in a single file, then stand in a straight line
Have their attendance folder / emergency contact information at hand
Leave the school building, ONLY if they were not seated in a classroom; join their classmates outside and report their presence to their teacher, after which the teacher will conduct a head count
Wait for the bell for re-entry or further instructions
Note: Both teachers and students should follow the Exit schedule, as instructed by the teacher appointed at each exit for an organized evacuation.
About Us - What Makes Amanah Special
With so many Islamic schools established in the GTA, one would definitely ask himself, which school should I choose for my children, and of course why? Well, that’s a big question, since it’s a great decision to make when choosing the right school for your Children.
Here are a few reasons why you might want to choose Amanah: (taken from parents’ testimonials):
Focus on Tarbiyyah:
At Amanah Academy, we give a very great deal of importance to the tarbiyyah (correct upbringing, morals, and values) of the children. Though some of the policies in regards to the childrens’ tarbiyyah may not seem too easy-to- abide-by for the students, there is immense hikmat (wisdom) in keeping children adherent to the true teachings of Allah (SWT), the Holy Prophet (SAW) and the Shar’iyyah, which are acknowledged by those parents who have a true desire to protect their children.Whether it’s the students’ language which is very closely monitored, or their dressing, or even the manner
Whether it’s the students’ language which is very closely monitored, or their dressing, or even the manner in which they socialize with one another, Amanah takes very key steps in ensuring our children are different from students of other schools and in all the positive aspects.
“An effort is made to create a sound Islamic environment at the school, thus enabling students to develop pure Islamic identities
- Abu Umme Maryam, Senior Kindergarten teacher
Instilling the Love of Deen in Students:
Amanah wishes to instill the love of Deen into the heart of every child, and as such, encouragement is given on a daily basis on following the different ways, practices and traditions of the Holy Prophet (SAW). The first item on the daily agenda is the recitation of the Holy Qur’aan by one of the senior students, followed immediately by targheeb (encouragement) which is given by one of the scholars from the school faculty.
Segregation Between Boys and Girls:
By the grace and Help of Allah, Amanah consists of two sections on the same premises: the Boys’ Section as well as Girls’ Section. Each section has its own separate entrance, thus completely segregating the boys from the girls. This way, the senior girls are dismissed prior to the senior boys being dismissed so as to ensure that there is absolutely no mingling. To go along with the separate entrances are the separate
To go along with the separate entrances are the separate designated areas for the girls to be picked up and a complete separate parking lot for boys to be picked up. Not only are there separate teachers appointed for each side, there are also completely separate classrooms for the girls and the boys, after the students complete Grade 2.
Even during the primary years, JK to Grade 2, boys and girls are required to sit at two different ends of the classroom, eat only with the same gender, and play in the same manner and group up with only the same.
Not only the students, but the staff members too are required to hold meetings in an area completely segregated by partitions or drapes. In this manner, meetings are held between staff members to discuss curriculums, long and short-term plans for teaching, etc.
“The reason we preferred Amanah Academy over all other institutions and moved to the East end (of the GTA) from the West end is just because of its commitment towards the true teaching of Islam in its authentic way; guided and closely supervised by the Ulamaa-e- Haqq. Another major reason we continue to prefer Amanah Academy is because of the dedication of its pious and caring teachers and staff members, who understand the importance of Tarbiyyah and take this matter as a means to earn the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and not as a trade.”
- Abu and Umme Nadirah, Grade 3 Student
“Both the teachers and management emphasize on Sunnah and practically ensure that the children do so as well”
- Abu Saad and Hamza, Grade 3 and SK Students
Amanah is making every effort in instilling Islamic values into their students through the teachings of staff members. Every teacher, irrespective of their status or professional qualifications, makes it their responsibility to integrate the correct values into their subjects. Even a small reminder during each academic class about the Greatness of Allah (SWT), the Finality of the Holy Prophet (SAW), and the vastness of the life hereafter can leave a great impression on the student by the teacher.
To make a long story short, Insha Allah, after choosing Amanah Academy, you’ve entrusted your children into good hands!
Once again, by the Mercy of Allah, and of course the hard, strenuous efforts of the teachers and staff, Amanah Academy has earned and been granted the approval by The Ontario Ministry of Education to issue high school credits to secondary students starting in grade 9.
For more on the ministry of Education and secondary credit issuing, please visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca
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