Why Al-Hadi

Why Choose Al-Hadi?
“Al-Hadi school is an Exemplary school in every aspect and will definitely be my first choice to enroll my kids if I ever come back to the States in the future." Aziz Algarni (Parent of gr. 5 & gr. 6 students) 2008-2009
  • AHS has been certified as an exemplary school by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 2007 QUALITY REVIEW STANDARDS
  • Islamic Environment for your child
  • Curriculum based on standards set by National Council of Teachers in Math, English, Science and Social Studies
  • A separate curriculum for Arabic, Quran and Islamic Studies
  • Qualified teachers with certification or enrolled in a certification program
  • National testing ERB, CAT – See comparative information on pg. 38-41 of 2007 Quality Review Standard Report
  • City & State wide competitions – Spelling Bees, Future City, PSIA
  • Every student will be developed as a whole; physically, spiritually, academically, and emotionally.


“(My daughter) is blessed to be in Al Hadi… We are grateful to Allah (swt) …and pray for the health, happiness and prosperity of ….. all the kind, knowledgeable, sincere and hard-working staff of Al-Hadi.”    Ali A. Rouzbehani (Parent of gr. 6 student) 2009-2010

“Al-Hadi school is an Exemplary school in every aspect and will definitely be my first choice to enroll my kids if I ever come back to the States in the future.”  Aziz Algarni (Parent of gr. 5 & gr. 6 students)   2008-2009

“We are privileged to have three of our children attend Al-Hadi school. The teachers and staff at the school are exemplary and provide the best education for my children in an ISLAMIC environment. As far as we are concerned this is the best school period.” Dawood and Rubab Mirza (Parents of KG, gr. 3 & gr. 4 students)  2009-2010

Our History

In March 1995 the “Full-Time School Committee” was formed for the purpose of establishing a year-round, full-time Islamic school. As work progressed, the Islamic Education Board was formed, chaired by Maulana Mohammad Nasser Biria.

A year later, the school opened its doors on January 9th, 1996 with a center-based environment prepared for 3-6 year olds. By August of that year, the school was ready to accept all elementary grade students. In 2001, after extensive renovations, the school added middle and high school classrooms, two science labs, a computer lab, a cafeteria and an auditorium. The school continued to add grades each year until AHS graduated its first class of High School Seniors in 2003.

At the other end of the spectrum, the preschool added the Toddler classroom for children as young as 18 months in 2002, bringing the number of preschool classrooms to four. The preschool playground was modified to accommodate the needs of these youngest students.

Over the years, the school has added to facilities and programs in various departments. The ESL program was introduced in 2001 to cater to LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students. Boys and girls classes were offered separately for grades 7 through 11 beginning in 2006. The Physical Education department has added a basketball court, a small soccer field and preschool and elementary playground equipment over the years, to provide increased opportunities for outdoor activity for students. The hot lunch program was introduced in 1999.

In the area of extracurricular activities, the school began to compete in the annual SIM City Competition (part of the National Engineers Week program) in 1999, when the winning AHS team advanced to the National Competition in Washington, DC. The school has also competed in academic contests through the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) since 2003, and has placed 1st in both elementary and middle school divisions within its district over the last two years.

Al-Hadi School passed a major milestone in 2001 when it was awarded accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (www.sacscasi.org). Six years later, in May 2007, the school was recognized as an “Exemplary School” based on the periodic Quality Review required by the association.

Community and School Demographics

Al-Hadi School is situated in Southwest Houston and caters to a diverse population that travels from many different areas of the city. The population is made up of mostly first generation Americans with parents who come from different parts of the world to settle in the United States. The majority of our students are bilingual in several different languages. Most of the parents are graduates with Bachelor or Master degrees and are very involved when it comes to their children’s education.


The school offers enrollment to students in preschool, elementary, middle and high school and enrollment averages about 300 students in total.


Al Hadi School courses are guided by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the guideline / standards set by the National Council of Teachers of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered and are based on rigorous curricula that encourage higher level thinking skills and help establish study skills necessary for college level study.

AP Statistics

Number of students who have appeared in AP tests over the last 3 years: 10

Percentage of scores that have qualified for college credit: 80%

Subjects in which AP tests have been administered: English Literature, English Language, World History, Government, Psychology

Dual Credits:

The school offers high school students the option to enroll in Dual Credit courses in collaboration the Houston Community College system and San Jacinto College. Students have received credit for a number of courses through the Dual Credit program, including English, Government, Chemistry, Precalculus, US History, and Western Civilizations.

Grading & Ranking Procedures

Student GPA’s are calculated based on a weighted average of high school courses taken at AHS. The school does not rank graduates. The GPA is provided on a scale of 4 to accommodate college admission requirements.

Colleges attended by or have accepted AHS students

  • University of Texas in Austin
  • University of Texas in San Antonio
  • Houston Baptist University
  • University of Houston
  • Houston Community College
  • San Jacinto Community College
  • St. Edwards University, Austin

Standardized Testing

Students in grades 10 and 11 take the PSAT test in preparation for college entrance testing. Juniors and seniors take the SAT. Seventh graders participate in the Duke University TIP program (ACT test). Students have won medals in various subjects over the last four years of participation in this program. Students in grades KG – 10 take the Terra Nova Test (CAT) and CTP4 (Education Records Bureau) standardized tests as part of the end of the year assessment program.

SAT Statistics: Average AHS scores have risen from 1200/1400 to 1400/1600 over the last 2 years.


  • Students have participated in the following competitions over the last five years:
  • National Engineers Week Future City Competition (SIM City)
  • Houston Spelling Bee
  • AHS Science Fair
  • Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA)