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Curriculum

Social Studies

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. (Quran 49:13}

Social Studies will serve as the focal point for integrating Legacy IOHS’ curriculum across the core disciplines using a ‘World Eras’ model. This model is not your typical Eurocentric approach to Social Studies. Instead of focusing on Western civilizations with a few additional regions, our program will be era and interaction based. World history will be taught across time periods, themes and essential questions. Did you know that Morocco was the first state to recognize the United States of America back in the 1700's? By understanding that humanity’s ‘peoples and tribes’ are interconnected, we see how Islamic society was open to influences from the world’s heritage, and radiated influence in turn. Students will be inquiring and reflecting upon human issues past and present through a God-centered lens and where possible, will use this knowledge to engage in community work.

Mathematics

Say: 'If the ocean were ink (wherewith to write out) the words of my Lord, sooner would the ocean be exhausted than would the words of my Lord, even if we added another ocean like it, for its aid.' (Quran 18:109)

In our program students will build basic skills and concepts in number system knowledge and also gain an appreciation and sense of wonder about the world of numbers. Opportunities for self-directed, individual work toward goals in mathematical skills and knowledge will be provided, with appropriate supports, to allow students to advance at their own pace.

A distinguishing element of the Legacy Math curriculum is cultivating Islamic ethics through Math such as balancing basic financial needs with planning their financial futures. Deep analytical knowledge of Math can support socioeconomic ideals of social justice and compassion, as well as understanding of social biases (such as in data management).

Just as our students become stellar mathematicians in the academic sense, we pray that they will use their mastery of numbers to become charitable, God-conscious and ethically aware in their future mathematical and financial endeavors.

Science

Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for Ulul Albab. (Quran 3:190)

Our science curriculum aims for this Quranic ideal: those who are ‘Ulul Albab. In other words those who study God’s signs in nature using their mind, body, soul and revelation. The focus is on the three-fold relationship we have with God, humanity and the environment. We strive to promote a sense of Ummah, aptitude and awe as we investigate creation, understand related issues and study our scientific heritage. To think and act like a Muslim scientist is to use one’s knowledge to improve oneself, others and most importantly hold oneself accountable to God Almighty as The Creator, Owner and Lord of the Cosmos. We aim to nurture this balance in our program through study, inquiry, experimentation, self reflection and related service projects. Our course offerings include ‘Stewardship’ (Environmental Science), ‘Miracle of Creation’ (Life Science) and ‘In Perfect Balance’ (Physics and Chemistry).

English/Language Arts

'O my Lord expand for me my breast, ease my task for me and remove the knot from my tongue so they may understand what I say' (Prayer of Moses - Quran 20:25-28).

The Legacy IOHS English/Language Arts curriculum aims to create confident, culturally literate communicators. We seek to fulfill a student’s four needs: academic excellence, cultural literacy, self-esteem, and values consistent with Islam. We will incorporate literature from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including classical Muslim literature that has been translated into English as well as Western literary genres that align with Islamic morals. With literature in a variety of genres, students will engage in comprehensive literary analysis, interpretation, and critical thinking to consider complex and abstract topics.

Utilizing the Six-Trait method, students will develop familiarity with a wide variety of writing styles.They will also actively participate in all steps of the writing process, developing a critical eye both to their own writing and the writing of others, and learning that there is always room for improvement.