The Mission of the Islamic Saudi Academy is to enable students to excel academically while maintaining the values of Islam and proficiency with the Arabic language. The Academy endeavors to provide a caring, challenging and supportive learning environment where students can achieve their highest potential while exhibiting civic responsibility and multicultural appreciation.
- Create opportunities for our students to embrace, internalize, and practice the moral values established in the Holy Qur’an and the exemplary life of our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.S.)
- Provide a safe and stimulating learning environment that promotes an atmosphere of cooperation, trust, and dignity.
- Encourage students to serve others both within our school and in the larger community.
- Teach and promote respect and appreciation for cultural differences and the natural rights of mankind.
- Nurture and inspire creativity, self-direction, self-discipline, and self-esteem.
- Instill a thirst for knowledge.
- Develop critical thinking and practical application skills needed for life-long learning.
- Promote physical and mental fitness through athletic participation while emphasizing sportsmanship and teamwork.
Governance of ISA
The Director General has been appointed by the Board of Directors to oversee the daily operations of the school, including all administrative and educational matters. The honorary chairman of the board is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States. In 1984, the Board established the original charter for the Academy and laid out its purpose and mission. In accordance with the standards set forth by the school’s accrediting agency, SACS CASI, a division of AdvancED, the school has implemented a progressive school improvement plan that is grounded by a demand for a rigorous and structured academic curriculum.
The Islamic Saudi Academy is a fully bilingual, English/Arabic, college prepatory school. The curriculum includes English language arts, Arabic language arts, science, math, religion, and social studies classes. Social studies classes include U.S. history, human geography, global studies and civics. The school also offers a variety of electives, such as computer programming, web design, graphic arts, economics, psychology, fine arts, physical education and health. Starting in the 2009-2010 school year, ISA began the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to the 11th and 12th grade.
Extracurricular Activities and Community Involvement
In addition to its academic program, ISA offers a variety of extracurricular activities for its students. ISA has a thriving after-school sports program. The school is a member of the Northern Virginia Independent Athletic Conference (NVIAC) and participates in its basketball, soccer, and volleyball leagues. Our coaches and their colleagues in the Conference have built a solid relationship based on mutual respect, teamwork and sportsmanship. ISA students and coaches alike value the sports program not for victories, but for the relationships they have been able to foster with other teams.
ISA sponsors a chapter of the National Honor Society. In addition to community service projects, the ISA National Honor Society organizes and sponsors an annual Career Day to promote education and career development for young men and women. This event brings prominent members from the DC area to speak to students.
ISA annually participates in regional and national science competitions. The ISA Science Fair is held in late winter and is judged by a team comprised of faculty members and outside specialists in math and science. ISA has had a number of students receive awards at the district and regional level.
ISA students participated in school programs and events that promote leadership and citizenship. ISA students are active members of the Model United Nations Club, which promotes understanding of world affairs and communication between cultures. Over the years, ISA students have won numerous awards for their participation in school debates.
Other extracurricular activities include Student Government Association, It's Academic Team, Future Business Leaders of America, Newsletter Club, Yearbook Committee, Community Service Organization and Drama Clubs.
ISA actively participates in local and national community service projects. In recent years ISA worked with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Money was raised for the United Way, Help the Homeless, the American Cancer Society and other charity organizations. ISA has also fostered relationships with a number of area primary and secondary schools, including private institutions as well as public schools in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County. In partnership with area schools, ISA has visited school campuses, made presentations and participated in pen-pal exchanges. ISA seeks to promote understanding among students from various backgrounds.
Since its establishment, the Islamic Saudi Academy has viewed its relationship with the community and culture as vital to the mission of the school. ISA not only promotes respect and mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, and Arabs and Americans, it strives for its staff and students to uphold tolerance, honesty, integrity and compassion, qualities that represent the best of both American and Arabic cultures.