Al-Falah Academy follows the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in the core subjects of Reading, English Language Arts, and Math, as well as the Literacy through the Content Areas of Social Studies and Science. Likewise, in Art and Physical Education, we follow the GPS. We use the GPS standards for Modern Language, which reflect national ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) standards, in grades K-8.
In PreK, we offer a bilingual immersion approach, in which Arabic is taught informally and continuously alongside English-medium learning We use a variety of texts for a comprehensive approach to Islamic Studies from the aqidah, akhlaq, character education, and Seerah/Islamic history areas of concentration, and we follow the Noorani method for the teaching of Qur’an recitation.
Though we do not focus on the Hifz of the full Qur’an, a schedule of Qur’an memorization is implemented so that students gradually complete the memorization of the 30th Juz in the course of their daily Qur’an classes by the end of 3rd grade, and further memorization of more sections and key lengthy surahs continues through the 8th grade.
Al-Falah Academy believes that an integrated, thematic, experiential, project- and performance-based curriculum advances the real-world understanding of students, so each semester we celebrate students’ learning in a broad integrated theme related to the Social Studies or Science content standards.
In that integrated theme, we offer off-campus field studies as well as opportunities for expert visitors to broaden the horizons of our students. Students see and become a part of the research team on a real work site, view the collection of knowledge in a museum or public exhibit, and become exposed to a variety of careers. They then synthesize that new knowledge according to the grade-level standards, and articulate it in the December and May Celebrations of Learning, in which parents, our new friends from our field studies and Expert Visitors, and others come to learn from the students, and see what they have experienced.
This cycle of skill-building, research, experiencing, collaborating with classmates on projects, communicating, forming conclusions, and sharing knowledge reflects best practices in education applied nationally and internationally to achieve College and Career Readiness in the 21st-century world and workplace. Combined with the timeless values of Islam in which students learn their place before Allah SWT , and learn to apply Islamic principles and teachings on serving the Ummah, as well as interacting positively with all people and with the natural world, an Al-Falah Academy education hopes to prepare our children best for the dunya (this world) and the aakhirah (the afterlife), insha’Allah.