Academics

Early Childhood
Preschool and Kindergarten

This division represents the foundation of the student’s academic career. Students are provided basic and concrete knowledge to produce well-educated Muslims who are mindful of Allah and seek knowledge as a lifelong obligation.

From these early ages, our students are engaged in developing a love of learning. Language arts, social studies, math and science are all part of the curriculum, enhanced by library, computers and physical education. Our primary students also receive formal studies in Qur'an, Islamic Studies and Arabic.

Reading and math groups are the norm for the Primary Division, with many of the Academy’s students entering first grade with solid reading skills. Along with reading and writing, literacy involves the development of speaking and listening skills. UAF recommends regular dedicated literacy lessons, but recognizes that students can also develop literacy skills while they learn other subjects in the curriculum.

The math program involves manipulatives and many hands-on activities to build math skills from an early age. Graphing, sorting, classifying and patterning are just some of the ways children are exposed to math, each area developing as the children grow. The social studies and science programs are thematic and encourage children to ask questions and begin to understand how many aspects of their world are connected.

A variety of fine arts are integrated which help develop movement and sensory motor skills. The social climate and students’ behavior are equally important to the students’ academic progress.

 

Elementary Division
1st to 5th Grade

UAF takes a holistic approach to the education of each child, as our goal is to meet the needs of every student and bring out their individual best.

The core curriculum subjects of language arts, math, science and social studies are generally taught above grade level. Students learn to maximize their reading and writing skills and hone their mathematical and analytical abilities. Language arts as well as mathematics are based on the Houghton Mifflin program. It integrates cross-curricular activities while fulfilling the requirements of the Sunshine State Standards and Stanford-10 objectives.

Our strong science and social studies programs include many hands-on activities, research opportunities and lab assignments. When first grade is completed, UAF students are independent readers and writers. Students also benefit from regularly scheduled instruction in library, computers and physical education.

Formal teachings are offered each day in Qur’an, Islamic Studies and Arabic. Qur’an is taught according to individual student ability. The main focus is on proper recitation, memorization and basic understanding of vocabulary and meaning. In the Islamic Studies department, the “I love Islam” series is used. Students learn the basics of Islam, its history and stories of the Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. Arabic, like Qur'an, is also instructed based on individual student ability. Each class is divided into various levels: beginner to advanced. The series focuses on reading, writing, comprehension, conversation, spelling and grammar. Most students are able to read Arabic towards the end of first grade.

By the completion of fifth grade, our students understand the basics of pre-algebra and introductory geometry, can interpret the complexities of literature on a high level and are ready to enter UAF’s exceptional Middle School program.

Middle School Division
6th to 8th Grade

The Academy strives to assist students during these important early teenage years. Special emphasis is given to 6th grade students as they adapt to a variety of subject teachers and classrooms. Our goal in Middle School is to provide children with an environment that allows them to develop both cognitively and socially. Focus is placed on developing the ability to think critically and use deductive reasoning, applying previously learned knowledge (both Islamic and worldly) and being confident in one's abilities. This transitional stage instills good study habits and skills which are expanded to include higher-order thinking and questioning across all subjects.

UAF’s 6th - 8th grade programs expose students to seven core subjects. Language arts, social studies, science, math, Qur'an, Islamic Studies and Arabic are studied throughout the week. The Middle School students also learn computer science and physical education.

Our faculty are consistently working together to create a rich curriculum that aids students in achieving their goals. The Academy aims to ensure that students reach their maximum potential. Teachers also focus on the development of learning and study skills preparing students for yet another transition into our rigorous high school program.

High School Division
9th to 12th Grade

An engaging and rigorous academic program is the mainstay of any high school. Students receive intensive yet compelling instruction in foundation subjects and elective courses. At the same time, teachers focus on the development of learning and study skills. High school students complete four years of English and mathematics, three years of history and science and a minimum two years of foreign language, as well as coursework in Qur'an, Islamic Studies, Arabic and physical education.

Within those subject areas are specialized sections - be it animal behavior or microeconomics - designed to captivate and challenge students with a keen aptitude or interest in the field.

But just as important as the courses offered is the depth of instruction and the richness of supporting resources. Small class sizes ensure that no student gets left behind. Teachers are encouraged to emphasize experiential as well as traditional learning, incorporating contests, field trips, experiments and special events to enliven their lessons.

Advisors strive for a balance of fulfillment and enterprise, urging students to make the most of their opportunities and stretch their academic boundaries.

Several options are available for students who are interested in challenging courses. Students can take Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. High school students, with administrative approval, may enroll in classes via Florida Virtual School, the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College or Pasco/Hernando Community College.

Our program is designed to provide each student with an opportunity to attend a college of their choice and prepare them for the university experience. All Universal Academy of Florida students are accepted to college, with Ivy League schools actively interviewing students on our campus.