PUBLISHED : March 6, 2015
Hamilton Muslim school has #1 elementary scores – Alhamdu Lillah
The Islamic School of Hamilton achieved the highest marks of all elementary schools in the city on the province’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing.
EQAO scores for every school in Hamilton, which are compiled and ranked by the Fraser Institute, were released last week.
Students at the Islamic School achieved nearly perfect scores on the standardized tests: students in Grade 3 scored 82 per cent in reading and 100 per cent in writing and math, while those in Grade 6 scored 70 per cent in math and 100 per cent in reading and writing.
At the Islamic School, students learn the Ontario curriculum as well as three 40-minute sessions a week in Arabic, Islamic studies and the Qur’an. Its 165 students are divided into one class per grade.
“When it comes to the tenets of Islam, one of the things that’s emphasized the most is gaining knowledge,” said Sabeeha Quader, who teaches math and science to Grades 6, 7 and 8.
“One of the things that the Prophet Muhammad said was to go as far as China to learn — meaning go far distances to learn, expand your knowledge, know about the world.”