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Children of good character are the building blocks of a successful community.
Our mission is to provide an excellent academic and Islamic education within an Islamic environment to produce good citizens and strong leaders who have a commitment to individual excellence, family, community, and humanity.
We strive to help our students develop strong Islamic values, self-confidence, a positive attitude, and respect for self and others.
To satisfy the educational, spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of our students.
To educate our students in all of the standard disciplines and to further prepare them academically for continued higher education.
To instill in our students a love for learning that will continue throughout their lives
To help students acquire the skills they need to be responsible and contributing members of their family, school, mosque, and community.
To teach our students to develop and maintain a balance between their worldly success and spiritual pursuits.
To enable our students to study their religion so as to understand and value its significance in their lives.
To develop the integrity and character of our students in the pursuit of moral excellence.
To help our students develop a sense of social and civic responsibility towards their community.
To encourage our students to establish dialogue and to interact with people of other faiths to appreciate our diversity and strengthen our world community.
To teach our students to be critical thinkers, wise decision-makers and effective communicators.
Anyone interested in enrolling their child/children in any of the full-time school programs from Pre-K through High School for next fall should call the school office at 732-329-1306. Registration forms for next fall will be distributed in March, and registration will begin in April.
Full Time School
Noor-Ul-Iman School (NUI) is a non-public, non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education. It is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, the Islamic Schools League of America, and the Council of Islamic Schools of North America.
The school is located on the premises of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey (ISCJ). NUI is currently in its sixteenth year of operation. The current enrollment is 478 students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. There are seventy-nine students in ninth through twelfth grade. This year there are twelve students enrolled in the twelfth grade, who will be the sixth high school graduating class.
Most classroom facilities for the third through twelfth grade students are currently housed in three specially designed modular units. An early childhood facility was opened in the fall of 2004 to house the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and an additional building was opened in the fall of 2006 to accommodate the first and second grade students. In addition to classroom facilities, the school has a computer lab, multi-discipline science lab, and library. Plans are currently underway to build a permanent school structure.
The 2008/2009 operating budget is over 3 million dollars for the entire school, 2.5% of which comes from state and federal funding and 7.5% from donations. The school is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a group of professionals from diverse fields. The administrative affairs of the school are managed by the School Executive Committee consisting of a group of professional educators.
NUI students are instructed by fifty-seven full and part time teachers allowing for the advantages of a low student/teacher ratio. In addition to the teachers who have Bachelor’s degrees in their fields, fifteen have Master’s degrees and four have PhD’s. All of the foreign language teachers are native speakers of the language they teach. The teachers have a median of seven and a half years of teaching experience and many have additional experience working in industry in their respective fields.
The NUI student body is very diverse. Students come from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. The current student body consists of: 59% Asian-American (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankans, etc.), 38% White (European and Middle Eastern), 2% African- American and 1% Hispanic. The majority of the students are bilingual, and some are trilingual. The diversity of the NUI student body is an asset to this institution. Having such a broad spectrum of ethnic backgrounds gives the students greater perspective on cultural traditions as well as religious understanding.
NUI’s Pre-K students spend half of their day in a modified Montessori program in English and half of their day in an Arabic program. In the Montessori class, the students have circle time based on a theme of the week and exercises that give them hands-on experiences in the areas of practical life, sensorial development, language, math, science, geography, and art. In the Arabic class, the students also have a circle time and exercises that help them learn the Arabic letters and their sounds, some basic vocabulary words, and numbers in Arabic. They also memorize some short surahs and some simple du’as. The Pre-K program also includes outdoor play and naptime.
NUI Elementary/Middle School continues to maintain its excellent academic record. The Stanford 9 Achievement Test (SAT9), a national standardized test, is administered every year to students in KG through 8th grade in the spring. In April 2008, over 94% of NUI students received scores that were average or above, and over 64% of students scored in the top 25% of the students who took the test nationwide. In addition, NUI students continue to receive honors at the state and national level. For example, NUI’s School Spelling Bee Champion came in third
place in the 2008 Times Regional Spelling Bee, a feeder event for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Twelve NUI elementary school students and one middle school student were National Student Winners in the 2008 National Language Arts League Competition. In addition, NUI’s second grade team was a first place National Winning Team in the 2008 National Language Arts League Competition. Seventeen Noor-Ul-Iman School students were identified and honored in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth 2008 Talent Search. Twelve seventh
and eighth graders received Distinction in the Talent Search for scoring as well as or better than the average college-bound high school senior on the SAT. Six of these students also received a State Award with High Honors. In addition, five third through sixth grade students received a State Award with High Honors for their high scores on the SCAT.
NUI High School is a college preparatory school that strives to give students the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college and move on to the careers of their choice. This year is the ninth year of operation for NUI High School. The Noor-Ul-Iman High School program encompasses the standard high school subjects plus Islamic Studies, physical education, a variety of elective courses both within the school and online, Jumpstart courses at Mercer County Community College, and a 100 hour community service requirement. The graduating class of 2009 consists of twelve students, one of whom is a Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. This class’s average SAT score is 1809. The verbal mean is 580, the math mean is 629, and the writing mean is 600. In the previous five years, NUI graduated a total of forty-four students with at least one National Merit Commended Student and Bloustein Distinguished Scholar in each graduating class. The average SAT scores of NUI graduates for the last five years are 624 in verbal and 643 in math, compared to national averages of 505 in verbal and 517 in math. The average score for NUI students in writing for the last three years is 638, compared to the national average of 495. All of NUI’s graduates have been accepted to four year colleges which include Barnard, Drexel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New
Jersey Institute of Technology, New York University, Princeton, Rider, Rutgers, Seton Hall, The College of New Jersey, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and William Paterson University. Past graduates have also been accepted into special honors programs such as the honors combined seven year B.S. and DMD degree program and the honors combined six year B.S. and Pharm. D. program.
The Parent Teacher Organization is an organization of parents and teachers that aims at achieving maximum cooperation between the home and the school and functions for the best interests of the school. It consists of a core committee elected by NUI parents and staff. General membership is open to all parents and teachers of NUI. The PTO ensures that parent voices and concerns are heard and represented, organizes multiple events, participates in many of the school's fundraising activities, and plans several cultural and recreational programs for the
After School Hafidh Program
The after school hafidh program at NUI is very well attended by students from 1st grade through High School. Fourteen students have finished memorizing the entire Qur'an in the special accelerated hafidh program at Noor-Ul-Iman under the tutelage of our resident Sheikh, Mamdouh Selim. An additional six students are in the process of completing memorization of the entire Qur'an in this special two-year program. While completing their memorization in the special accelerated hafidh program, students are also required to attend all academic and religious classes and maintain at least a B average in all subject areas. A number of the male
Huffadh from Noor-Ul-Iman School led two rakaas of Taraweeh Prayer at ISCJ this year. It was almost every other night during Ramadan that a student acted as Imam for the first two rakaas of Taraweeh Prayer.
The Noor-Ul-Iman daycare facility, for children from three months to three years of age, is in its fourth year of operation. The program now cares for up to twenty children per day in a room specially designed and decorated to meet the needs of young children. The daycare program accepts children on a full-time and part-time basis and is open to the whole community. It is now open for an extended number of days during the school year, as well as all summer. Anyone interested in enrolling their child/children in daycare should call the school office at
Insha’Allah, this summer Noor-Ul-Iman School will once again be offering a Summer Camp with a variety of activities to help meet the needs of NUI and ISCJ children for a summer program. This popular program runs for six weeks during the summer, with special themes and trips each week. Children may enroll for single weeks or for the entire summer program. They may choose Enrichment Camp or Qur’an Camp. Look for flyers and registration forms in the near future, or call the school office at 732-329-1306 for more information.
In order to meet future challenges, Noor-Ul-Iman School is fully committed to joining its resources with the ISCJ for the construction of the permanent school building as shown in the approved Master Plan.
With Allah’s (SWT) help, we are looking forward to continued success at Noor-Ul-Iman School, providing the benefits of a full-time Islamic school to the ISCJ community. For further information please call (732) 329-1306.