- Where is the school located?
Our address is 6785 Business Pkwy, Elkridge, MD 21075 Google Maps.
- What age does my child have to be for acceptance in KG & 1st Grade?
For information on acceptance requirements for students in KG & 1st grade, please see the KG and 1st Grade Age Requirement.
- What is the reason for the school leadership's decision to not be affiliated with a particular masjid?
Our decision to not be affiliated with a particular masjid is based solely on the fact that we would prefer to be an independent entity with greater freedom to govern the school. Our mission is focused on education and providing materials, training, and a facility that will enhance the education of our community’s children.
- If the IB program is so great, why don't all schools implement it?
MashaAllah there are a number of schools both private and public in the US who are implementing the IB program and are very successful. Because of the onus on specific training for teachers and added materials, it is costly for a majority of schools to implement; therefore, many choose not to become a part of the program.
- Why don't all schools implement the IB program?
Although there are a number of schools both private and public in the U.S. that are successfully implementing the IB program, it is costly for a majority of schools to implement due to teacher training requirements and the fees associated with being an IB school. Therefore, many choose not to become a part of the program.
- How is Islam implemented?
Islamic studies will be a separate curriculum where 1) Quran, 2) Seerah, 3) Aqidah, Fiqh and Akhlaq, 4) Islamic History, and 5) Islamic social studies are taught. We will also integrate these areas into the curriculum where feasible.
- How is IB different from the classical educational philosophy?
IB is similar to classical education in the sense that it teaches students from a young age, how to learn and gives them the tools to do so. Children work at their own pace and are self-directed learners. Units of study are built around inquiry from the student(s). However, in IB, there is more guidance from the teacher in this process, at least for the younger grades. Units of inquiry are less structured in the younger grades than the middle and high school years. We are researching the IB program because we felt it takes many of the advantages of homeschooling and imports them in a school. Some of these advantages include, working at your own pace, self-directed learning, teaching how to learn, and application of knowledge in experiential -based learning in which the world is the classroom.
- What is the difference between IB and Montessori?
Both IB and Montessori encourages self-directed learing, and students work at their own pace. IB involves more collaboration amongst students and teachers and relies heavily on project and community-based learning. IB teachers collaborate to create units of study or inquiry that incorporate many different subjects.
- Are students segregated by gender? What is the policy on wearing Hijab? Is there a dress code for teachers?
We have guidelines for gender interaction. The students are required to wear uniform which does not mandate hijab. Tarbiyah believes in developing morally upright, spiritually-grounded students who are able to interact with each other responsibly inside and outside of school. To achieve this vision, students in K-5th will be learning in a supervised, healthy co-educational environment.
- Are non-Muslim teachers/students allowed?
Our community has a wealth of highly qualified teachers and staff members. We aim to recruit as many Muslim teachers as possible. The priority at Tarbiyah is to hire the best and brightest teachers. Therefore, we are open to applications from all qualified educators. In the event that a non-Muslim teacher or student applies, they will go through the same rigorous selection process as any other applicant. Once they are welcomed as members of Tarbiyah Academy, they will be required to adhere to all moral, ethical, and dress code standards that are set forth in the Staff and Student handbooks. At this time, we are unable to offer non-Muslim students an option to opt-out of any classes, such as religious studies.
- Is there an assessment for students before they join?
All students are required to take a test and spend a day at school before being admitted to Tarbiyah Academy. This applies to all children including those of board members, staff, and anyone else directly involved with the school. Staff members and parents will make a joint decision whether or not Tarbiyah is the best option for the student.
- Is there a designated prayer area on site?
Yes, there is a designated prayer area at the school where the students perform Dhuhr prayers daily.
- Is Tarbiyah Academy open to other denominations?
Tarbiyah Academy welcomes students from all denominations in Islam. We believe in encouraging unity among all Muslims.
At Tarbiyah Academy, we recognize that although we may have the same faith, we come from many different backgrounds. We believe in recognizing and celebrating the different backgrounds and cultures that culminate in making our community so unique.
- How much are teacher salaries?
Our teacher salaries are competitive with public schools in the area.
- How will you recruit and retain qualified teachers?
Our vision is to create an environment that will welcome and foster the retention of highly qualified teachers. We want teachers to work in a supportive and collaborative environment where their needs and concerns will be heard and addressed. Teachers will have autonomy in the classroom and collaborate with other teachers to provide the best educational experience for our students.
- What role do grandparents and community members play?
Grandparents as well as extended family members and community members without school aged children are an integral part of Tarbiyah Academy. There are several opportunities to become financial donors, offer assistance with committees, and volunteer at the school.
- How can I make a monetary contribution to TA?
Tarbiyah Academy is a tax-deductible organization under 501(c)(3). Donations can be made through the website under the support tab. Checks can also be mailed to Tarbiyah Academy 6785 Business Parkway Elkridge, MD 21075.