School Details

Al Aqsa Islamic Academy

1501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 765-6660
2

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 272 students 16 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

48%
80%
44%
74%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
83%
35%
72%
74%
82%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

13%
73%
13%
65%
23%
64%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
77%
30%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
80%
55%
76%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

20%
76%
47%
80%
13%
60%
79%
73%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Al Aqsa Islamic Academy is a private high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Al Aqsa Islamic Academy is Abdur Rahman and can be contacted at Crumpton786@aol.com. 272 children attend Al Aqsa Islamic Academy and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Al Aqsa Islamic Academy is 16:1. Bodine William W High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 47% %
White, non-Hispanic 46% %
Asian 18% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy was a very important aspect of my life which helped me grow and develop into a young Muslim woman. My experience there as a former student is one to cherish and remember. It is a great memory as it was an Islamic environment with loving caring and nurturing friends teachers and staff. I'd highly recommend it because there are wonderful teachers here who are very supportive for the students.

  • (7 months ago)

    Well this school is overall okay. I like t. Some don't. I'm in the 7th grade and all the teachers upstairs are wonderful. They are kind and polite - and they care about your grades. Mrs. Sundus is the best There. But sometimes the kids Do inappropriate stuff and just get detention - like one 3rd grader got pushed down a lot of stairs. . And the girl only got detention for making the other girl sprain her ankle. The teaching process is good and there are cameras there too I love My school. -Hamida 7th grade

  • (1 year ago)

    Our school has three goals help children have a close relationship with their Creator be a success in academics and to be confident and comfortable with themselves. We treat our students with respect and encouragement. Our children then go on to colleges such as the U of Penn. Fordham U. Penn State Temple CCP to name a few.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school. I recommend this school for any Muslim k-12 ] Alhamdoulilah for in Pa there is a lack of Islamic schools.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son attends Al Aqsa Islamic While I appreciate the schools effort for this school to have been established in 1996 I feel that the overal administrative aspect of the school could improve. There are excellent teachers that I have encountered within the school namely Ms Sakinah Ms Halimah Ms Benita to Name the very few. Many of the arab teachers and staff are extremely rude and yell at the children instead of practicing sabr and gentleness. In addition the students are unruly and unstructured. I appreciate Al.Aqsa providing the community with and Islamic education but.for a.private education which parents are paying for I hope to see many improvements in the future inshaAllaah

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter graduated from Al-Aqsa in 2007 and will graduate from Temple Univ. this year 2011. She's in the process of applying to graduate sch. In reading some of the other reviews no my daughter did not get the chance to participate in any extra curricular activities there. I made sure though that she had the after school activities and tutorials she needed. Yes Al-Aqsa gave her the academic foundation and the islamic moral support she needed to strive for future independence. You see if you the parent/student put nothing in to the academic support of the teachers and this is anywhere you go you will get nothing. On the other hand if you put more into the support of the teacher/administration your child will be well paid in his/her success. Stop complaining and go to work. Any situation is what you make it. Help fix whatever you think is wrong.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of an elemantary school aged child and I am appalled at some of the statements that disgruntled parents have made. For all of the parents that have complaints are you of those parents that never show up for parent-teacher conferences? Are you one of the parents of the kids that cause disruption in class and can't seem to stay out of detention? Are you one of the parents that instead of support the teachers and administrative staff seek to make their job more difficult? I have had nothing but positive experiences from this institution. Compared to other private schools the tuition is reasonable. If a parent is involved in the educational process of their child/ren they will have a positive experience at this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is a former student at Al-Aqsa. The tuition is way too high for the sub-par education the unqualified staff and unruly students. I'm not allowed to say exactly what is allowed to go on between the students in this school but I can say that it isn't something you would expect to happen in a school - let alone an Islamic school. You would do better to homeschool or send your children to public school for academics and teach them about Islam at home.

  • (5 years ago)

    i am a new parent at the school. i am very disappointed with the some of the teachers for the upper grades. they say that they are muslim but they lack good charter. they have teachers that are rude and disrespectful to paying parents and children. i can go on and on about the poor behavior of the staff. i am moving my children back to public or charter. ****To think I rather have a non-Muslim teach my children then some of these Muslims*****

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a proud parent of this school. My kids a are to be attend the school and look forward to coming to school every day. Jakkai

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this is one of the worst schools in philadelphia.They say its Islamic but the behavior says otherwise.The teachers there don't know how to each. They have no extra curricular activities and no resources.I wouldn't reccomend this school to anybody.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm very disappointed in this school. My child is in third grade he failed a couple of subjects this school had no type of resources to aide my failing child. No tutoring or any type of assistance...Also for a child thats advance there's no futher assisting the advance child to the next level where they maybe advanced in so there for the child will be stuck.....Also there's no type of computer technology for the children in the school

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a real K throu 12 school Islamic studies and Arabic taught by born muslim teachers Arabic is their 1st language. All the teachers are muslim and love the students. The english teacher is Brother Muhammad for 7 8 and 9 grade. He is Mitch Gilberts son from WDAS remember Truth is the only labting Joy! Allah has sent many excellent teachers to this school I am very glad we found it our kids all go.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that it's a beautiful school the children can learn everyday living and islamic studies at the say time.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think it's one of the best schools that teach displine and well manners and self respect i totally reccomend it

  • (7 years ago)

    I believe it is an excellent school with a very positive learning environment.

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