ISNA High Experience

“Towards Enlightened Generations” is not only the motto of ISNA High School, but it is our vision and goal. Empowering students to succeed academically, socially, and spiritually with pleasing Allah as their inspiration is what we believe will create enlightened generations. With the help of Allah, the dedication of the staff and the talents of our students, we are able to hold many activities and events to strengthen school spirit and enrich the school learning environment every year. It is our philosophy to involve students with organizing and running many of the activities and events held throughout the year to help nurture and foster leadership, and instill a sense of confidence in the students.

Student Life at ISNA High School

Getting involved in some of the many activities at ISNA High will enrich your school life and create lasting skills, memories, and friendships. Student life involves your academics plus a whole lot more.Take a risk; join something new or outside your comfort zone. Find like-minded students and share your skills or develop new ones. Be a leader or learn to become one!

Opportunities for growth are provided to students through differentiated instruction, independent study and team projects. Provincial and national competitions, such as contests in math, science and modern languages, enable motivated students to stretch their learning in specific subject areas

ISNA School experience ends with a Senior Grade 12 trip to perform Umrah. This completes the Islamic School experience and puts into perspective the Islamic Teachings the students have learned and they are able to visualize the path taken to establish Islam.

Student Handbook

This handbook has been produced to provide students and parents[1] with information about the structure of the school program, school routines and requirements and the academic and social responsibilities of students. While an attempt has been made to be as detailed as possible, you may still have questions that have not been answered after reading this Handbook. If this is the case, please do not hesitate to contact the school at any time. Please click on the handbook below to access the full document.

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[1] Throughout this document, the term parent is understood to include legal guardian(s), and child/daughter/son to include ward(s).

Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies in grade 9 and 10 build the foundation for students in building their beliefs, understand their Islamic identity, learn various Islamic principles, understand the rules and discover the beauty of prayer, fasting, and other ways of worshipping Allah. Islam is taught with love, reason, compassion, and as a means to mental and spiritual well-being for each student. Our curriculum also focusses on students being able to present Islam to the wider community and defend it against any misconceptions or false narratives. In grade 11, students study the history of Islamic civilization from the rightly guided Khulafa’ all the way to the fall of the Uthmani Khilafah. They get to critique and analyze the success of the various dynasties as well as reasons for their downfall, and learn lessons from each. All the above mentioned courses are accredited with the ministry of education and students receive a credit towards completion of their OSSD requirements.

L.I.F.E. (Learning Islam For Excellence) Program

Fostering opportunities to integrate Islam into daily student learning is a key objective of the school. The LIFE program is a 30 minute per day session that is conducted by one of the Imams of the Masjid, school staff, or a guest speaker from the community. Students cover various topics that are relevant to them or reflect on current affairs pertaining to the community locally or globally. This is a school wide program that is conducted usually between first and second periods.

Daily Prayers

Prayer is part of the daily school schedule, including Jum’a on Fridays. Between third and fourth periods, students go for Dhur salah in the masjid with the rest of the community. There is a short reminder after salah, where a student typically shares a story, a hadith, or something else inspiring. During winter months, students also pray Asr immediately after fourth period with the community. Fridays are celebratory days for Muslims and at ISNA High School we make it extra special. Students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing from any Muslim culture. Classes are shortened to sixty minutes to give students an opportunity to pray the first prayer with the community. After the Jum’a prayer, students have a wide choice of lunch items to purchase and enjoy to mark the occasion.

Islamic Environment

Students feel a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood at ISNA High School. The comradery is built by fostering an Islamic environment where respect, tolerance, upright character, and loving for others what you love for yourself is instilled throughout our teachings and dealings with students. Boys and girls have separate gymnasiums, locker areas, and cafeterias in order to feel more comfortable and relaxed around their friends. Grade 9 and 10 students have separate sections according to gender, while grade 11 and 12 are separated within the co-educational classrooms. We have established a Safe School Committee comprising of students from different grades and a few staff representatives to ensure the school environment is safe and free from any discrimination, harassment, and/or bullying.

Annual Umrah Graduation Trip

With the help of Allah, and the support of the community, ISNA High School has been organizing annual Umrah Graduation Trips for grade 12 students and their families since 2011. The trip takes place around March Break and is partially subsidized by donations from the community.

The purpose of this trip is to to give graduating students a memorable trip to reconnect with the roots of their faith as they embark on to their next phase of life and continue their studies at post-secondary institutions.

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THINKTech Initiative at ISNA High School

In adopting 21st century educational practices in technology, ISNA schools’ THINKTech initiative paves the way towards enlightenment by preparing students for the future, today. ISNA High has become a Google School where each and every student has a Chromebook Laptop with staff continuously incorporating various Google Apps into the learning process.

Further, this initiative also aligns with ISNA High’s focus on leadership training for students. By using various Google tools, students in leadership roles develop important skills such as organization, planning and communication, which allows them to develop essential lifelong skills towards becoming leaders for the community.

Many staff have become Google Certified Teacher’s in the process and more are becoming certified by September 2015.

ISNA schools is a pioneer amongst Islamic Schools in Canada to adopt this 21st century educational practice. It hopes to become an exemplary schools to help and guide other Islamic Schools.

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Student Activity Council (SAC)

ISNA High believes strongly in providing opportunities for every student to have a voice and to develop his/her leadership skills. It is our responsibility to prepare students and to develop their skills and personal characteristics to be a successful leader. All students are expected to support the leadership of those in formal roles who have the responsibility to carry out specific duties. These leadership opportunities encourage the development of skills that will serve the students at school, their personal goals and ambitions, and serve the community as future leaders.

The purpose of the Student Activity Council (SAC) is to raise school spirit and participation, as well as awareness of various social issues, through activities and events that engage the student body.

The SAC is the largest and most active club at ISNA High. It is responsible for some of the most of memorable and noteworthy events that take place during the year such as:

The annual Eid trip
The Water-Well Project
Sports intramurals and tournaments
Weekly lunches
Boys qiyams and girls movie/chill nights
School BBQs and the year-end picnic
Monthly cup of tea sessions
And so much more!
Co-Curricular Activities

ISNA High School provides a range of co-curricular activities during the lunch break and after school hours.

Co-curricular activities support the academic program, promote an environment conducive to learning, enhance student motivation and provide opportunities for leadership.

There are many ways to get involved by joining clubs, sports teams, Student Activity Council. Want to start a new club? Great, we’re always looking for students to use their creativity and initiate new activities for students. Your experience at ISNA High is how you want it to be.

Students can get involved with:
Student council
Athletics clubs (soccer, basketball, ball hockey, volleyball, badminton, and more)
Yearbook and student newsletter committees
Reader’s Den
ISNA Green Club
ICC (ISNA Charity Club)
Remedial support and academic enhancement by teachers
Visual arts clubs
Dawa committee and community awareness committee
Creative Writing Club
HOPE (Homeless Outreach Providing Essentials) Club