Founder: Sr. Faatimah Yanes
Principal: Mr. Kamran Qadri
Grades Served: Preschool through 12th Grade
Number of Students: 176
School Colors: Blue and white
Tagline: “Key to Knowledge”
CEEB code: 311527
Miftaahul Uloom Academy, a private, non-profit pre-K-12 school serves the educational needs of students in four NJ counties (Hudson, Bergen, Passaic, and Essex). Located in one of the most dynamic and diverse counties in NJ, MUA serves and benefits from being in the unusually proactive Union City school district. MUA’s student body and staff are ethnically diverse with a population that is Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Egyptian, Yemenese, Morroccan, Algerian, Iraqi, Saudi, Iranian, Turkish, Albanian, Georgian, Pakistani, Indian, Hispanic, African-American, Caucasian, and Japanese.
Miftaahul Uloom Academy’s high school program is an intentionally small, individualized program for approximately 40 students in grades 9–12. The high school program opened in the fall of 1999 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2003. This program is tailored to serve the unique educational, spiritual and psychological needs of first and second generation Muslim youth. Emphasis is on developing strong academic skills, a strong sense of identity, and a commitment to constructive contribution to the community.
The first two years of the academic program is a traditional college preparatory program with a strong emphasis on foundation skills in algebra and geometry, critical reading and writing, biology, chemistry, American History and World Civilizations, and Arabic. In addition, students strengthen their sense of identity and moral character by studying classical Arabic literature, Islamic history and theology. Eight credits per year is the maximum course load.
At some point in the first two years of high school, students take the College Placement Test (CPT) at Hudson County Community College to begin their career as LEAP (Learning Enables All Possibilities) students where they develop their ability to earn college credits. Some freshmen and sophomores choose to take foundation or college credit courses after school or on weekends. In the last two years of the high school program, juniors and seniors take their core academic courses through the LEAP program on the HCCC campus and return to Miftaahul Uloom Academy to take SAT preparatory classes offered through Kaplan Test Prep., electives, and religious studies. Students take full advantage of college tutoring services, library and computer resources, career and transfer services and college clubs and activities.
Graduates of Miftaahul Uloom Academy have authentic experience in college life and learning and are fully prepared to succeed on any college campus. They have had ample opportunity to explore and reflect on the challenges and opportunities of college life and have had the time and support needed to resolve any potentially negative cultural conflicts. They actively participate in and contribute to the college community and have explored and often chosen a career path.
Grading and Ranking
Grades are based on a straight numerical percentage. One credit is awarded for a year long course with a minimum grade of 70%.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation:
GPA is computed using the average of all high school grades based on the credit earned. College level courses are weighted by five points. A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation. In addition, each student must complete an 80-hour community service graduation requirement.
Awards and Distinctions:
- NYU Precollege Scholarships
- 2nd Place Hudson County Mock Trial Competition
Colleges Attended by Miftaahul Uloom Academy Graduates from the Last Four Years:
Rutgers University School of Engineering
Rutgers University Newark
Montclair State University
Seton Hall University
William Paterson University
Farleigh Dickenson University
New Jersey City University
Bergen County Community College
Hudson County Community College
*Updated: November 14, 2012