Al-Noor Academy is a private, 6th-12th grade school in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in the shadow of America’s hub of learning. In fact, every single graduate of our school has gone on to university, most in the Boston area. Think Tufts, Boston College, Wellesley College, Boston University. Think MIT and think Harvard.
Al-Noor Academy combines the best of the Old World and the New: our students follow a rigorous regimen aligned with the Massachusetts Educational frameworks, but they also adhere to a Muslim curriculum of Arabic, Quran and Islamic Religion so well-planned that it has been evaluated by Middle Eastern scholars and found to be as good as, if not better than, those in Muslim countries!
Founded in Quincy, MA in 2000, we moved to our current Mansfield home in 2003. Since then, we have enjoyed continued growth and improvement. Recent renovations to our building include a state-of-the-art science laboratory and the installation of smartboards in every classroom.
Our faculty are all highly qualified teachers, many with Master’s and PhD degrees. Following an extensive vetting process, Al-Noor was recently certified as an International school, enabling us to accept students from overseas.
The school houses a community masjid on our top floor, and our faculty includes well-known community scholars. We sponsor Quran competitions, Nights of Light, and bi-monthly community lectures. Several festivals celebrate academic, Islamic and Arabic achievement, and we enjoy frequent field trips to discover the historical, cultural, and intellectual treasures which abound in Greater Boston and Southern New England. We also enjoy close relationships with several of Boston’s many premier-tier universities.
Our eleventh and twelfth graders enjoy a special privilege in that regard. Our Dual Enrollment program sees qualified upperclassmen spend two days a week at Al-Noor, fulfilling their religious and moral education obligations, and spend three days weekly attending academic classes in area colleges. It is therefore possible for an ANA student to complete nearly half their college credits before graduating from high school! For this reason, many Al-Noorians have graduated from college in two-and-a-half or three years.
Al-Noor Academy augments its regular classroom studies in a number of ways not seen in traditional Western secondary schools. They include an overnight Qiyam program for young brothers and a Sisters Halaqa, which in turn enhance a carefully planned program of Character Building. Recently, we have enhanced our Dual Enrollment counseling, boosting the ability of our graduates to achieve success during the increasingly competitive college admission process. Events such as our Science Fair, Literature Night, Humanities Fair, Arabic Fair, and Muslim Rising Dawn focus attention on a combination of academic skills, while at the same time forging an understanding of student heritage.
While it’s a busy agenda, there is always time for fun, such as field trips and charity events like Color Day, when students pay a nominal fee to depart from our usually strict dress code. Those events are planned and overseen by our active and involved Student Council.
We are proud of our accomplishments, but never rest on our laurels. Neither do we ever forget from Whom all blessings descend. Alhumdullilah!