NHA provides Muslim children with the following advantages and benefits:
Strong Islamic values,
High academic standards,
A comprehensive curriculum,
Committed and Certified teachers,
- And most important an Islamic environment where they can learn and grow as Muslims.
In this way, Insha-Allah, we will produce young men and women who are well–tooted Islamically, well-trained morally, and well-prepared academically. The school invites you to become part of the Islamic school in Des Moines. If you are looking for a quality and affordable education that centered on high academic and Islamic standards, then NHA should be a part of your child’s future. No greater gift can be given to a Muslim child than the gift of an Islamic education.
New Horizons Academy – Full Time elementary & Middle school, and Childcare NHA Full time Islamic school – that includes Kindergarten-7th grade, preschool and Child Care Our purpose in starting the Full Time School was to educate our children Islamic etiquette, good moral values, Quran, Islamic Studies, Arabic language and the so-called secular subjects of language arts, mathematics and science. The Program is open to all families egardless of race, religion, color, sex or national origin.
At New Horizons Academy, we place great importance on the strength of our academic program. Our Preschoolers receive opportunity for the developmentally appropriate activities to prepare them for reading, math, and science. Language activities are integrated throughout all academic and play activities. The elementary school curriculum follows the State of Iowa framework and uses state adopted textbooks. It provides young learners with a solid educational foundation in the language arts (reading, creative writing, handwriting, English grammar), mathematics, science, and social studies.
Children at NHA receive additional benefits in their education from the school. Preschool and school students enjoy an enriched and integrated value-based Islamic curriculum which teaches the language of the Qur’an (Arabic), and the practical values and etiquette of our faith. There is a specific instruction time for Arabic/Qur’an and Islamic Studies. We also have arts & crafts, painting, , physical education and computer. Our elementary students take the Iowa assessment Test in the addition to the reading and math test every trimester by Des Moines and West Des Moines school districts Liaison. Alhamdolellah Our children rate 1 to 2 years ahead of the national norm.
What oversight we get from the state, including help from the AEA?
Our school adheres to all required safety regulations and facility rules setup by the state that applies to any educational institutions in Iowa state. Our school is not an accredited school which leaves a small window for resources that we can get from the school districts therefore we strive to provide all the resources we need to be on the same track with West Des Moines Schools curriculum resources and mapping. We get more visits and support from Des Moines Schools district and Heartland AEA is a wonderful resource we reach up to help us throughout the year and connect us with individuals to help.
NHA School offers a variety of enrichment activities to supplement the main core of our academic program. These include but not limited to:
Islamic Art Competition
Arabic and English Spelling Bee
In school presentation
Prayers ( Salah) at NHA
Our school has qualified and competent teachers to ensure high academic standards. Our pre-school and child care teachers are experienced and trained. All elementary and middle school teachers are experienced and hold full academic degrees. The high ratio of adults to students encourages the best in teacher competency. Each of the teachers bring energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to the program.
NHA is striving to extend this program into a full-fledged Islamic school when an opportunity becomes available; Insha’Allah, some time in future and this can be accomplished with the help of Allad (SW) First Then your help and commitment
Enrollment and Pre-Registration
Pre-registration of students is advised for all interested parents. This allows the school to determine the class size for the coming year, to ensure the availability of teaching resources and recruitment of appropriate teaching staff.
A visit from one or both of the parents and the child is required before enrollment. NHA accepts applications from all candidates without discrimination as to race, color, creed, national origin, or religion. For further information please see the pages in the Admissions section of this site
NHA offers enrollment for according to eligibility and space availability. When enrollment is filled, a waiting list will be maintained by the school. Returning students and Students with enrolled siblings if qualified will have enrollment priority based on school board decision .Hours
Preschool and child Care : 6:00am – 5:30pmCircle time: 9:00amClass instruction: 9:15 am – 2:00pm
Elementary & Middle Grades: 8:30 am -4:00 pm Class instruction: 8:30 am – 4:00 pmExtended care is available for school students between 7:00am – 8:20 am andbetween 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm for additional fee Pre-registration should be completed before enrollment. The pre-registration fee is $75 – non-refundable. Please contact the school office for Details at 515-255-0220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Responsibilities1. Please dress you child/children appropriately according to the season and daily weather forecast.2. If your child is sick, please keep him/her at home for at least 24 hours after he/she has recovered.3. Please label your child’s jacket, shoes (especially if they have the same color and size as another child in school) so that they do not get exchanged.4. Please check your child’s mailbox and/or pack bag daily, when you drop off or pick up your child.5. Please make it a point to read all notices posted on the door outside for different events and occasions taking place at NHA.6. Shoebox with an extra set of clothes for every child should be available at all times. Especially a pair of underpants, pants, and socks. If your child does get changed due to an accident, please make sure you supply an extra set of clothes the next day.7. Please send a pair of bathroom slippers for your child/children to be kept at school.8. Please supply us with all correct and updated information regarding your mailing address, e-mail, phone numbers, and emergency numbers.9. Please specify precisely and clearly about any allergies your child has to any food or other products.10. Please be advised that if any medication you want the teachers to give to your child, the office and your child teacher has to be notified in writing along with the medication information, you will be asked to fill the medication form for that purpose.11. If you send lunch in a paper lunch bag, kindly label the bag with your child’s name.12. All concerns and suggestions from parents regarding the staff, school policies and procedures should be personally directed to the school director or chairperson of the NHA School Board.phone numbers, 515-988-1037.