For years, the Tampa community dreamed of having a successful Islamic school for their children. Alhamdulillah, the Universal Academy of Florida (UAF) fulfilled this dream when it was founded on August 28, 1992. Today, families travel from all across the country to relocate near our ever-growing and, Alhamdulillah, ever-improving establishment.

UAF received accreditation in 1997. Alhamdulillah, we have consistently received accreditation renewal by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) and FKC (Florida Kindergarten Council).

At the Universal Academy of Florida, we strive to maintain a balance between offering a competitive curriculum academically while promoting Islamic understanding and practices. We try hard to provide a safe and nurturing school atmosphere while instilling an Islamic identity in our students. The commitment to produce bright students who are conscious of Allah and who maintain Islamic character and high academic standards is our priority at UAF.

The Academy endeavors to achieve these goals by approaching the education process holistically - by satisfying the cognitive, spiritual, psychological, physical and social needs of our students.

Some of our noteworthy characteristics include:

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Conveniently located in Central Florida
  • Serving a four county area including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando Counties
  • Across the street from the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay (Tampa Bay's largest mosque)

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Outstanding facilities
  • UAF is located on a beautiful 8.45-acre campus
  • Fully equipped computer lab, mobile computer lab, science lab and library
  • Cafeteria serving hot lunches daily
  • Playground for lower elementary
  • Soccer/football fields and basketball/volleyball courts
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Exceptional Academics
  • Fully accredited by FCIS, FKC and SACS
  • Serves over 570 students in Pre-K – 12th grade
  • Low student-teacher ratio
  • Arabic, Qur'an and Islamic Studies courses in addition to the traditional curriculum
  • Expanding Advanced Placement Program
  • Affiliation with Florida Virtual School (High school students are able to take online courses)
  • Dual-enrollment program with USF (University of South Florida), PHCC (Pasco-Hernando Community College) and HCC (Hillsborough Community College)
  • Thirty Percent of our students scored at or above the 90th percentile in Math and/or English on the Stanford 10 Achievement Test for the past 2 years
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Extracurricular activities
  • Boys Athletics: Elementary, Middle and High School football, soccer and basketball programs
  • Girls Athletics: Elementary, Middle and High School soccer and basketball programs
  • Clubs: Arts & Crafts, Drama, Humanitarian Outreach, Science
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Newsletter
  • Yearbook

We look forward to expanding our UAF family and invite you to join us as we continue on this noble mission to enlighten our children both academically and spiritually. May the fruits of our labor live on for years to come, Insha’Allah!

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UAF Mission Statement

Our MISSION at UAF is to teach our students the principles and practices of Islam and to prepare them for academic success and good citizenship.

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UAF Philosophy

(Based on Following the Qur'an and Sunnah)

“O ALLAH, give us the good in this world and the good in the next world!”

The Islamic school is an extension of parents’ efforts to instill our Islamic practices/values into an impressionable and formidable mind. It is the wholesome environment of Islam that promotes brotherhood, consciousness of ALLAH, a commitment to Islam, religious identity and an acceptable atmosphere to practice the Deen. Ultimately, the Islamic school offers a learning environment safe from unacceptable values and practices. The child is taught Islam across the curriculum to produce intellectual thinkers with ALLAH’s Laws as a basis.

A Muslim child without an Islamic education has little or no resistance to Shaitan (devil). An Islamic school provides all the essentials to promote “the good in this life” and strives to secure “the good in the next life,” Insha’Allah. We pray that you understand and appreciate this golden opportunity and strive wholeheartedly to support this effort.

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UAF Objective
A Bright Future for the Next Generation!

The Universal Academy of Florida is committed to offering its students a competitive curriculum while adhering to the highest possible Islamic and academic standards. The Universal Academy of Florida will provide a safe and secure school atmosphere while preserving the Islamic identity of its students.

The Academy achieves these goals by approaching the education process holistically—by satisfying the cognitive, spiritual, psychological, physical and social needs of our students.