Our History:

Establishing the school

   The plan of establishing a full time Islamic school at Des Moines was initiated in 2003 by a group of parents. This was followed by a survey, which received a very favorable response from the community and support from Islamic Center of Des Moines. NHA board of directors worked towards the goal and New Horizons Academy (Islamic School of Des Moines ) was established as a not-for-profit organization in July 1st 2004 as a separate organization and entity that serves the whole community.

  NHA and Islamic Center of Des Moines Created a mutual agreement that NHA can conduct school activities at the Islamic Center of Des Moines. NHA renovated a portion of The Islamic Center of Des Moines building to meet the school standards. Since then NHA was and will continue to be a great asset for the Des Moines Muslim community in raising children according to the Islamic Principels and values.

  Friday, August 27th, 2004 Was the First day of school at New Horizons Academy for school grades K-1st. Since then the school is growing and more grades were added (KG-6th). 

2012 NHA Purchased a bigger place that is suitable to conduct school activities and to accommodate the growing needs and 5th Grade was added.
June 2012 NHA moved to the new building and the 2012-2013 school year started at the new location. 
2013 sixth grade was added.​ 
2014 NHA opened Middle school grades ​

Preschool and Childcare

  In 2008  Preschool program was added to accommodate the
 growing needs for NHA and make it affordable and convenient to
 the parents in our community.  NHA also 
established a Childcare program

 New Horizons Academy offers the following services:

1. Childcare:
Infants----- 6 weeks-12 months
Toddlers----13-36 months old
Preschool--3-4 years old
Before & After school program

2. Kindergarten: At least 5 years old before September 16th

​3. School Grades:
1st - 7th And Inshalla we are in the process of adding more grades.

4. ​Other Programs:

Evening and Weekend Classes
(kids and adults)
Summer camp

Children are educated in core curricula such as reading, math, science, art, and writing as well as Arabic, Qur'an, and Islamic Studies. Prayer is an integral part of students' day.

  All school programs are open to all children regardless of race, religion, color, sex or national origin. It will be based upon the Board of Education admittance policy


NHA philosophy is to educate the whole child and to provide an environment, which promotes a feeling of self-worth. Early childhood is the time for education in living and approaching life with freedom to explore, ask questions and dream. Later education in intellectual skills will be fully effective only when a child has learned to live with themselves, their parents and friends.

Our objective:

Striving for Excellence: NHA is committed to offering its students a competitive curriculum while adhering to the highest possible Islamic and academic standards. NHA strives to provide a safe and secure school atmosphere while preserving the Islamic identity of its students. We approach the the education process holistically--by satisfying the cognitive, spiritual, psychological, physical, and social needs of the student.

Our purpose:

• Spark an interest and enthusiasm for life-long learning through first hand
• To provide a loving, stimulating and relaxed environment.
• To encourage social interaction and the development of such social skills as
sharing, caring and respect for others and their property.
• To encourage and expand curiosity, creativity and imagination.
• To stimulate language development and encourage appropriate listening skills.
• Development of Muslim values.

First NHA  Graduate Students