School Spotlight – Tarbiyah Academy; An American Muslim Leadership School

Fast Facts

  • School Motto: Tarbiyah Academy; An American Muslim Leadership School “Never Give Up. Ever.”
  • Location: Howard County; Elkridge, MD
  • When Established: 2015
  • Grades Served: K-8
  • Enrollment: 164

School Leadership:

Pedagogical Leadership Team comprised of:

  • Head of School: Hagar Aboubakr
  • IB Coordinator: Shabana Ahmed
  • K-2 Team Lead: Aisha Karachiwalla
  • 3-5 Team Lead: Sana Waris
  • Middle School Coordinator: Shaista Abbasi
  • Middle School Student Affairs Coordinator: (currently vacant, but part of the school’s leadership team, normally)
  • Arabic, Quran, Islamic Studies Coordinator: Hagar Ibrahim

Something amazing about your school:

Tarbiyah Academy has successfully adopted a holistic, inquiry-based, and student-centered approach to education that is guided by research-based practices and careful collaboration, all structured within the framework of the International Baccalaureate program. We revere and invest heavily in professional development and remain progressive, adopting new initiatives that allow us to evolve and meet the needs of our lifelong learners. These initiatives include Restorative Justice practices, the Responsive Classroom, Social-Emotional Learning programs, anti-bullying programs, experiential learning programs, extracurricular activities, community engagement, student service learning, prophetic pedagogy training, parent engagement organization, anecdotal grading and reporting, and more.


Quote from a student/parent

“At Tarbiyah Academy, our teachers are nice; they try to make things easier for us in a way that helps us learn. We do things most schools don’t do, like have House meetings; we also do fun projects, provocations, and summatives for our units of inquiry. We have morning meetings where we check-in and have a discussion and catch up with each other. We have opportunities to take initiative and be a leader. At Tarbiyah Academy, I’ve learned how to be a better communicator, not just with people in my grade, but with people in other grades-older and younger. I’ve also learned how to work with other people that I don’t like working with, and I’ve learned about the problems in the world and how we can take action to help prevent and solve those problems.”

Jenna Emira, 5thgrade.


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