01 – Introduction

The IIT Academy is a private Islamic school that supplements the Ontario curriculum with Islamic Studies and Arabic, as well as French as a Second Language.

In this guide you will find information regarding the school’s mission, vision, core values, admission, registration policies, tuition fees, attendance, transportation, dress code, code of conduct, as well as parents’ responsibilities and expectations.

Every parent is expected to go through this handbook thoroughly and to keep it handy for future reference.

1.1 Vision

Our vision is to empower and educate students to become fully conscious of their accountability to God, confident in their identity as Muslims, and ready to fulfill their obligations as global citizens.

1.2 Mission

IIT Academy will work to develop vibrant Canadian citizens who are responsible, knowledgeable and analytical. Insha’Allah we will successfully use measurable methods to create innovative and creative learning opportunities which will motivate the students of IIT Academy to succeed in this globally competitive world.

We will strive to nurture the intellectual, social, spiritual, moral and physical well-being of our students, fostering integrity, excellence of character and a deep sense of responsibility as they grow to become exemplary Muslims and productive citizens of the world.

1.3 Ethos and Goal

The ultimate objective of any worldly endeavour is the achievement of felicity in the next world. The IIT Academy will adopt a holistic approach that will create harmony between the intellectual, physical and spiritual dimensions of each child. Our school will be a safe and respectful place, a place where students and teachers will work harmoniously to achieve academic excellence and to grow in knowledge, faith and practice; where there is recognition and understanding of the rights of fellow students and teachers, fellow human beings and love for the country in which we live.

1.4 General Philosophy

We are committed to the following:

  • Pursuing excellence in everything we do per the directive of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).
  • Meeting the needs of our students through research-based and well-informed teaching practices within a challenging and supportive learning environment.
  • Fostering an environment that recognizes that men and women are equal before Allah.
  • Developing, implementing and adhering to a comprehensive approach to education that promotes the spiritual, emotional, ethical, artistic, intellectual and physical development of our students.
  • Providing a healthy learning and working environment by promoting respect, civility, safety, responsible citizenship and academic excellence. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted.
  • A high standard of Islamic conduct is, therefore, expected from all our students at all times.
  • Correcting any disruptive behavior or action interfering with the student’s self development or that of another student.
  • Having our teachers, parents, and community members support the school’s philosophy of discipline and work hard to ensure that their children are following the school rules and policies.
  • According to the Quranic View, the deciding factor in human morality is the objectives of man for which he strives in this life. By giving man the concept of akhirah, Islam fixes his eyes for the success in the hereafter.

1.5 Mercy Towards Children in Islam

How was the Prophet (SAWS) with children? Here are few hadiths to remind us:

The Prophet (SAWS) said, “He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honor the elderly.” (Al-Tirmidhi Hadith)

Allah’s Apostle kissed Al-Hasan bin Ali while Al-Aqra’ bin Habis At-Tamim was sitting beside him. Al-Aqra said, “I have ten children and I have never kissed any one of them.” Allah’s Apostle cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.26 Narrated by Abu Huraira RA)

The Apostle of Allah (SAWS) came to some children who were playing: He greeted them lovingly. (Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 5183 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik)

“I served the Prophet (SAWS) for ten years, and he never said to me, ‘Uff’ (a minor harsh word denoting impatience) and never blamed me by saying, ‘Why did you do so or why didn’t you do so?’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith v8 #64 Narrated by Anas (when mentioning his childhood))