Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC)

Islamic Weekend School

Islamic Weekend School

The Islamic Weekend School is dedicated to providing a complete Islamic education to our youth in a caring environment. Students, ages 3 to 18 years, learn about Islam, learn Arabic to better understand the Qur’an, form lasting friendships, learn about other cultures, play sports, participate in community service, and develop pride as American Muslims.

The space allows the program to flourish, so much that 10 new classrooms were added in 1999. Annual enrollment in the 13-level program (preschool to senior level) now exceeds 400 students.
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Timing: Sunday School has two sessions:

  • Pre-School, Starter – Elementary, Junior from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Starter – Elementary, Senior from 12 pm – 2pm
  • Advanced Arabic classes are from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Note: Zhuhur is at 2:10 pm when Sunday School is in session.

The school hosts extracurricular activities and award programs that help enrich student learning while recognizing students’ various accomplishments within and outside of the school. A few examples:

  • Qur’anic Recitation Competition: This is held during the month of Ramadan. Winners of the competition subsequently represent the school during a spring interschool competition.
  • Islamic Quiz Competition: This is a test of the participants’ knowledge of Islam. Top scorers go on to compete in the Dayton Interschool Quiz Competition.
  • Interschool Quiz and Essay Competition: This is the students’ chance to compare their Islamic knowledge and writing skills with that of students from similar weekend or part-time schools around Ohio and Indiana.
  • Annual Islamic School Weekend Event: Held annually at the West Chester facility, this popular event brings together many Islamic schools from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Weekend-long activities include boys- and girls- basketball tournaments, Qur’anic recitation competitions, and presentations on various topics. An estimated 600 people attend this event, representing 15 or more schools.

    Photo credit: Nauman Mysorewala
  • Annual Graduation Ceremony: With this, the school recognizes students’ completion of the weekend school program or progress from one grade level to the next. Graduates of the program receive a diploma. Continuing students receive promotion certificates and/or awards for academic excellence.
  • Merit Scholarships: By giving two merit scholarships in the amount of $500 each, the school recognizes high school graduates who have shown excellence in academics, leadership and community service.
    Regular Classes Advanced Arabic Classes
    1st Child Subsequent Child 1st student Subsequent student
    Member $300 $250 $150 $125
    Non-Member $400 $350 $175 $150

Special Needs Weekend School Classes

The Qur’an says: “Your possessions and your children are only a trial, and Allah it is with Whom is a great reward” (64:15).

The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) recognizes its responsibility toward every child and every family that comes through the Center’s doors. The ICGC recently launched an interactive program for families and children with special needs. Families have been gathering to share ideas, support their children, and fully connect with the Center and all it has to offer.

To learn more about this program, contact our office and leave a message for program administrator Shabana Shakir-Ahmed or Shazia Dahar.

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