MSA is a leadership program designed for students who are independently motivated to pursue a unique, rigorous academic path of study in academics and Islamic Studies. We strive to develop global leaders and life-long learners. The program is a mixed group of middle school and high school students and it runs during regular school day hours. Students enroll in 21st Century Charter School which is the highest performing online charter program in Pennsylvania. In addition, they engage in advancing their Quran reading skills with one of Manarah’s Arabic/Islamic studies teachers and spend one hour a week with the Imam from MALV.
The classroom discussions are done in a work shop format and include various topics surrounding Islam, real-world issues, and leadership. It is expected that students demonstrate a high level of independence, responsibility, and self-advocacy as they matriculate through the program. MSA students have a team of teachers/support staff that they have access to. They are: four or more 21st Century teachers (one for each content area), one 21st Century Learning Coach, one 21st Century Guidance Counselor, and one Manarah Learning Coach. In addition, students who need additional assistance in the areas of their core academics (math, science, history, English/Language Arts) can request to schedule a time to get assistance from Manarah’s middle school academic teachers. Last, students engage in various community service opportunities to demonstrate their leadership skills. This is also a great way for students to shine on their college applications.