Philosophy

Our School, Program, Curriculum

Al-Hadi Learning Organization offers an age-appropriate, project-based-learning platform for 2-5 year olds that fosters love of learning, community, and pride in their identity as hyphenated Americans.  Al-Hadi Learning Organization welcomes students of any race, religion, national, or ethnic origin

Our mission is to create a learning environment that fosters growth of the whole child encompassing intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development and inspire lifelong learning in a rich, nurturing environment.

Our purpose at Al-Hadi is to partner with parents, to insha’Allah (God Willing):

  • Foster a joy in learning and discovery that will serve the child over a lifetime
  • Create a loving, nurturing, and safe environment for all learners
  • Cultivate a love for Islam and its values
  • Provide a balance of play-based and academic learning

We know the earliest years of childhood are the most critical when it comes to setting the foundation for learning.  We believe that young children learn best through hands-on, meaningful learning that occurs in a safe and loving environment.  Therefore, our program is designed for parents to have a greater involvement in their child’s education so that, together, we can encourage and support each unique child’s learning journey. In order to support the child’s intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development, our curriculum delicately balances play-based and academic learning. Through active involvement with their environment and peers, children learn to make sense of the world around them.

Is Al-Hadi a Cooperative School?

“We are not a formal co-operative school but borrow heavily from that philosophy. Parents are strongly encouraged to take turns volunteering in class as teacher aides or in the actual administration of the school by joining various governance committees. This way, our families drive the development of the school - philosophically and administratively. Younger children become more confident with parents joining them in their educational journey as well as transition much easier into the school environment when they see familiar adult faces within the classrooms.” -Sabera Husain, Executive Director

Al-Hadi Learning Organization borrows heavily from the cooperative model and offers you some unique opportunities to participate in your child’s early educational experiences because we know and understand that parents know their children best.

We welcome but do not require parents to be involved in daily operations of the school through volunteering as teachers’ aides or serving on various committees of the school in order to perpetuate a holistic and balanced philosophy. Parents often serve as trustees, administrators, and staff of the school.  

This results in a secure, loving, and nurturing environment for children, a more solidified community, and maintains low tuition costs.

Together, we build relationships with families, students, and the community at large to support our students’ learning. Our philosophy is founded on the notion that learning is a shared journey!

We do not require participation but offer reduced tuition rates to families who help in the administration of the school.  Parent committees may include:

  • Community Outreach (marketing, building relationship with local businesses and communities)
  • Fundraising (fundraising within and outside of Al-Hadi Community)
  • Home Life (baking, organizing, sewing, etc)
  • Maintenance/Grounds (landscaping, cleaning, organizing, carpentry)
  • Long-Range Planning (needs and capacity assessment)
  • Curriculum/Instruction (planning special programs, field trips, refining curriculum)

Is Al-Hadi an Islamic school?

Our foremost goal at Al-Hadi Learning Organization is to create an environment that instills a foundational pride in their religious identity.  Therefore, our calendar, celebrations, activities and classroom rules are designed to support the religious education children are receiving at home.  So while we do not offer formal Islamic instruction in our core class instruction, we do create an environment and foster discussions about what it means to be a good human being with a keen focus on supporting parents in instilling the akhlaq (virtue, morality, manners) of proud young Muslims.  

Because we consider ourselves a community and not just a school, many parents found it convenient to bring a trained Quran Instructor to Al-Hadi and this is something we were happy to oblige.  We will be offering an optional session with a trained Qur'an instructor next year during aftercare (but on a schedule where non-aftercare children may also participate).