Welcome to PAWS!
OCIF’s Weekend School began in 2000 in order to fulfill the educational needs of the growing Muslim community in Orange County. Al-Hamdu lillah, we have entered our 18th year and thousands of students have benefited from our curriculum that focuses on the foundational knowledge of Islamic beliefs and practices. Our courses include: Qur’an with Tajweed, Qur’anic Arabic, Arabic and Islamic Studies. We offer classes from KG to Level-7 (Youth) and have a set curriculum taught by seasoned professionals. Our committed staff has worked diligently to provide a nurturing environment conducive to learning.
Our graduates can participate in our volunteer program where they work as Teaching Assistants (TA’s). This allows them to maintain their Arabic and Qur’an recitation skills, while learning first-hand what is involved in teaching others. The TA position in the second year becomes a paid position.
We also have a school committee that overlooks the operation and needs of the school.
In addition to weekly instruction, we offer other activities, including: a family picnic and field trips throughout the year, nurturing bonds between parents and other members of the community.
A Young Islamic Scholars Competition and a Hajj Poster Competition are just some of the annual activities that help motivate our students.
Our Annual Day program is a celebration with outstanding performances from our students, demonstrating what they have achieved during the year. We honor our proud graduates at this event with certificates and awards.
Our goal is to reach out to all families and encourage them to provide their children with the gift of foundational knowledge of Islamic beliefs and practices. A reward that is given from Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, Insha’Allah.
At Pillars Academy Weekend School (PAWS) children are our most important asset. The dedicated faculty, staff and administrators at PAWS have invested their time and skills in order to provide the students with a foundational knowledge of Islamic beliefs and practices.
The PAWS’ program of instruction reflects our commitment to a meaningful education by addressing the needs of the individual student.
We welcome parents’ ideas and support in our mission to serve the growing population of Muslim children in the local community. By working in a true partnership with parents we intend to maximize the investment of time, effort and resources so that the students and parents have a rewarding, valuable, and satisfying experience at PAWS.
PAWS is focused on providing our students with a foundational knowledge of Islamic beliefs and values.
Our curated curriculum is focused on three main areas:
3. Islamic Studies
We have a set program and a well-defined curriculum that is augmented throughout the school year with activities that correspond to events in the Islamic/Hijri calendar.
Teachers who speak fluent Arabic teach both our Arabic and Qur’an classes.
1) To educate our students to be thoughtful, practicing Muslims who are equipped with the knowledge and understanding found in the teachings of Islam.
2) To teach our students to be well-mannered, respectful people of integrity.
3) To have our students become outstanding representatives of our community and to be able to relate Islamic beliefs and teachings to others in a coherent and compelling way.
Classes begin on the weekend of August 25/26, 2018 and will end on the weekend of June 8/9, 2019.
Instruction is from:
10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Parents will be notified in advance of any changes in the calendar due to holidays.
In order for the students to fully benefit from this program it is paramount that an orderly classroom environment conducive to learning be maintained. Therefore, any inappropriate and/or disrespectful behavior exhibited by a student will not be tolerated and may result in a warning or dismissal from the school.
Parents are encouraged to emphasize the importance of education, respect for teachers, cleanliness, and modesty, all elements that reflect Islamic beliefs.
Cellphones, food, gum, toys, books that are not part of the curriculum and listening to headphones will not be allowed in the classroom.
Students must abide by the dress code outlined below:
- Girls are strongly encouraged to wear a scarf (hijab), while in school.
- Shorts and slippers are not permitted.
- Any clothing that has inappropriate images, symbols or words are not permitted.
Consistent attendance is crucial, especially since this program is only four hours once a week. Three or more consecutive absences will result in a required parent-teacher conference to address this situation.
Assembly: 10:00 am- 10:05 am
Instruction in the following subjects: Qur’an, Qur’anic Arabic, Arabic and Islamic Studies
Lunch Break (There are two lunch breaks depending on the class):
11:30 am – 11:50 am
12:15 am- 12:35 am
Dhuhr Prayer 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm- Halaqah & instructed activities 1:30 pm- 2:00 pm
Class Payment and Structure
Students will take a placement exam when they register. This will help the teachers determine which class the student would benefit the most from instead of just placement based on age. Over the years this method has proven conducive to learning. The students are not overwhelmed and struggling, nor are they too advanced for the level they have been placed in.