Frequently Asked Questions

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission

At what age can students first apply to the Academy?

The Academy accepts children that will be three-years-old by October 1st of the upcoming academic year. So parents can begin their student’s enrollment process as early as the November prior to that academic school year.

For example: Sarah is two years old in September of 2016, her parents can begin her enrollment process as early as that upcoming November 2016. Since Sarah will be three in that following year, she will be old enough to enroll in our Pre-Kindergarten I class for the 17-18 academic school year.

What are the school hours?

Student Drop-Off Begins: 7:30 a.m.
Tardies are counted at: 8:02 a.m.
Elementary Students (Prek-5th Grade): 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Elementary Dismissal Ends: 3:20 p.m.
Middle & High School Students (9th-12th Grade): 7:45 a.m. – 2:59 p.m
Dismissal Ends: 3:30 p.m.

Do you have a waiting list from year to year?

Yes, we have an open enrollment waiting list. The Academy initiates a waiting list for each upcoming academic year on the first week of November. The waiting list only applies to the particular year applied for. Students not gaining admission in the applied for academic year and still desiring admission must repeat the registration process for the next academic year the following November.

What ages are enrolled in your Early Childhood Program? And do they need to be potty-trained?

Our Early Childhood Program includes Pre-Kindergarten I, Pre-Kindergarten II, and Kindergarten classes and is structured as full-day school program. Students must meet the following age requirements by October 1st of the upcoming academic year:

Pre-Kindergarten I: 3 years old
Pre-Kindergarten II: 4 years old
Kindergarten: 5 years old

Yes, one of the requirements for admission, is that our toddlers be potty-trained.

What type of admission test is given to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students?

Pre-Kindergarten I: Perceptions, visual and social and emotional interactions.

Pre-Kindergarten II: Ability to recognize shapes, colors, numbers, count up to 10, letters, ability to draw shapes or depiction of people

Kindergarten: Ability to count, recognize patterns, similarities and differences, describe pictures, describe with directional adj, object order and size, understand weight or density, recongize different grouped objects, recognize and write numbers, alphabet recognition, it’s sounds.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. All financial aid applications are processed through our parent organization, Islamic Services Foundation (ISF). Although the Academy has a set tuition, ISF works to provide funds for families in need. You may contact them for more information regarding eligibility requirements. The admissions process will have to be completed and your child accepted, however, before any financial aid is offered. Financial aid does not usually cover the cost of enrollment or other school fees; only tuition.

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Do you accept international students?

The Academy welcomes applications from international families moving to the area. However, we are not able to offer assistance obtaining visas.

General

Do you offer school transportation?

The Academy works with Amir Transportation, a transportation service. They currently offer many morning and afternoon routes from Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco, Murphy, Wylie, Irving and Richardson. They update routes at the beginning of each school year, depending on family enrollment and their needs. For more information, you may email Amir Transportation at amirtransportbha@gmail.com or call 214-912-6715.

What is the average class size?

Our average class size is about 15-20 students. At present, no classes are over 22 students.

What is the class ratio for prekindergarten and kindergarten?

1:8

How diverse is the Academy's staff?

We have staff members from over 25 countries, from all across the world, including ones from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

What is the ratio of male to female students?

While it varies from class to class, the overall student population is 47% male and 53% female.

Academics

What foreign languages are offered?

We currently only offer Arabic as a foreign language.

Are your classes TEKS aligned?

The Academy has adopted the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) published by the Texas Education Agency. All of our classes, with the exception of Islamic Studies, Qur’an, and Arabic, are TEKS aligned.

What type of standardized testings do students take?

PSAT, MAP, STAAR, AP tests

Do you have a Hifz (Qur’an Memorization) Program?

Our approach to the Qur’an is to have the students connect to the book as a book of wisdom and message from God and therefore we believe it’s important for them to understand the meaning of the Qur’an and not just memorizing it.

We also believe that children need to memorize the Qur’an for prayer purposes and to be close to the Book of God. So, we offer memorization, reading, and recitation opportunities in the curriculum. In the past two years, we have adopted the Nuraniya program which places a strong emphasis on developing students’ reading and recitation skills and helps them memorize more easily. Our teachers are certified in teaching this program.

For families who wish to provide more training in this area, we offer an after-school program.

Do you offer AP classes?

Yes, we offer AP History in 10th grade, US History and AP English in 11th grade, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Chemistry in 12th grade

Are there different levels or tracks of study?

Yes, Ontrack, AP, and Dual Credit

Where do students go after Brighter Horizons Academy?

100% of students pursue 4 year degrees

Vision Statement

“Brighter Horizons Academy will be a model Islamic educational system within which learners may develop to their fullest potential and become a generation of leaders and individuals who are highly motivated to be successful in this life and beyond.”

Mission Statement

“The Academy’s mission is to graduate practicing Muslim leaders and responsible citizens who are well prepared for college entrance and career challenges of the twenty-first century.”

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