ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM

General Studies

The McGraw Hill Reading Wonders Program will be implemented in grades K-5.  The elementary program will include thematic based learning which branches off from the Language Arts program.  Language Arts includes reading and comprehension, writing, language mechanics/grammar, phonics, vocabulary development, and spelling.  Intervention is available for students in need of tier 2 extra help.

The McGraw Hill My Math mathematics program will be used for grades K-5; Glencoe Math for grades 6-8, and Pearson math for high school in the areas of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.  This program includes fluency, problem-solving, and higher-level strategies for solving mathematical equations and developing critical-thinking skills.

Science and health take a hands-on approach and “lab-like” experiences for learning and discovery.  Projects may be sent home for family involvement as well. Science Weekly is the main program of study and is supplemented with literature, exploration, and practical experience.  The health curriculum also supports science related activities in all grades and adds further discussions for higher grades on community health, substance and drug abuse, hygiene, and peer pressure.

The Social Studies program provides understandings on how history affected the world we live in today, economics, geography, and relationships in the home, community, state, and world.  Expanding on the concept of becoming an increasingly global society, students learn about their place as American Muslims in society and the world. Additional activities, often completed as field trips and community service engage students and prepare them to be habituated to giving of oneself.  

Spreading Hope


The best thing that we can do during this turbulent moment is to inspire and encourage content that will bring smiles and that offers some escape and an outlet. 


Teachers have inspired a lifelong experience of learning and discovery through their immense work and impact that moves us beyond words, and with the abrupt end to the physical school year, our teachers have done even more to continue education through virtual classrooms. All to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential. We are proud of our outstanding team of dedicated teachers who have quickly adapted to remote instruction for our students to follow daily!

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

​Middle School

 

  • Opportunity for eligible 8th graders to take high school courses, general and Regents 

  • Academic Intervention Services for struggling students

  • STEAM classes

  • Participate in Western New York Science and Engineering Fair


​Why Choose Universal?

 

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association, only accredited Islamic School in area

  • Well-developed Islamic curriculum and courses

  • Strong academic courses

  • Highly qualified educators- certified, ijaza, experienced

  • Curriculum aligned with the New York State and Next Generation Standards

  • Qualified elementary through high school School Counselors

  • Caring, nurturing, and safe environment

 

HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

  • Grades 9-12 (for 2022 Graduates)

  • Offers a variety of courses- Regents and honors opportunities

  • Courses currently offered: Arabic, English Language Arts, Foundations, Health, Islamic Studies, Math (Algebra I and Geometry) , Quran, Physical Education, Science (Biology, Earth Science), Social Studies (Global I and II)

  • Foundations Course prepares students with the skills and strategies for success in high school and college

  • Upcoming courses: Math (Algebra II), Science (Chemistry or Physics), Social Studies (US History); electives 

  • Regents offered in: Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Earth Science, Global and Geography,

  • Dual-Enrollment for 11th grade students with Erie Community College (earn High School and College credit at the same time)

 

ARABIC

 

Arabic Course

Use of Arabic

The Students Will:

 

Begin to be able to make use of their knowledge of Arabic in a professional context (research using Arabic, literary study, etc.)​
be able to read, understand, translate, and interpret (with the help of a dictionary where necessary) a variety of authentic materials written in Standard Arabic and Classical Arabic

  • Be able to communicate (orally and in writing) effectively in standard Arabic on a variety of topics and in a variety of settings, using appropriate registers

  • Explicit knowledge of Arabic

The Students Will:

 

Demonstrate a knowledge of the structures (syntax, phonology, morphology) of written Standard Arabic and its registers (varieties of the language)
demonstrate that they understand the linguistic principles required to analyze Standard Arabic (parse a sentence, and begin to talk about Arabic morphology, sound system, and syntax academically).

  • Knowledge of cultures where Arabic is used

  • Language teaching and culture teaching are not separated; therefore, students will have an understanding of how Arabic was used in Pre-Islamic Era and how modern Arabic is used.

Generic Skills
 

During their study of Arabic, the students will also enhance or acquire generic and transferable skills. They will be able to work with others as a part of a team and be able to demonstrate some ability as an ‘independent learner

 

ISALMIC STUDIES & QURAN

 

Islamic Studies Department Mission Statement​

 

The Universal School espouses the ideal of academic and spiritual excellence. Our curriculum is designed to educate the whole student by addressing development of the moral, spiritual and social qualities of each student.  The school strives to instill in our students the commitment to their being lifelong learners who learn, love and live their spiritual and academic experience in every aspect of their lives as community leaders, collaborators, educators, and ambassadors of knowledge.  Our students are being prepared to be able to share and model values of the Prophetic vision as a way to become visionaries themselves.


Belief Statement

 

  • We believe that following the commands of Allah will  guide us to the very best in ourselves.

  • Children are our most precious asset as they will be the future leaders of our community.

  • Each child has inherent self worth as a creature of Allah.

  • Effective education develops the whole person – spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially & physically.

  • All students deserve to be treated with kindness, caring and fairness.

  • Every child has the ability to learn but they learn in different ways and at different rates.

  • The fostering and development of proper Ikhlaaq is an essential component in the educational process.

  • School staff are important role models for the students  and should at all times model appropriate behavior.

  • Belief in the learn, love, live philosophy.

  • The school should provide a safe learning environment.

  • Effective communication skills are an essential component of success.

  • Implementation of the use of technology in the classroom.

  • Belief that the ideal human being is the one who devotes his/her life seeking the pleasure of God through obedience to God and service to His creation.

  • Life long learning is essential for success and continued self-improvement.

  • We are accountable not just for what we say but also for what we do.

  • The staff are life-long learners and as such, the school must be committed to providing continuing education, professional and spiritual growth opportunities.

  • Continually striving to ensure Islamic values based on the Qur’an and Sunnah shape any action (educational decisions) undertaken at the school.

Course Description and Material are available upon request

 

ART

At Universal School we believe that art is an essential part of every child’s core education. Our art program guides students to cultivate their creativity through a curriculum that aligns with the New York State Visual Arts Standards. Once a year our school hosts an art show presenting student artwork.

 

The mission of our art program is to ensure that students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the meaning and purpose of visual arts.

  • Acquire knowledge, skill, and craftsmanship through the art-making process.

  • Explore our rich and diverse historical and cultural heritage through the study of art.

 

STEM GRADES 3 - 6