Q: What are the exact timings of the classes?
A: Saturdays from 2:30-4:30 are regular class timings. These will be adjusted in the winter, when we need to accommodate Asr Jamaah. Extra Arabic class will be 4:30-5:30, again adjusted to accommodate the jamaah timings. Attendance is taken in each class and is mandatory.
Q: What are the class dates for 2019-2020? Are there any holidays?
A: First day of the fall semester is Aug 17th, last day is Dec 14th. Holidays in the fall semester are Aug 31st (Labor Day) and Nov 23rd and 30th (Thanksgiving break). Spring semester will start again on Jan 11th, and end on May 9th. Holidays in the spring semester are March 7th and 14th (spring break).
Q: What is the tuition?
A: Suhba tuition is $199 per semester. The optional Arabic class will be an additional charge.
Q: Is the Suhba program a right fit for my child?
A: If your child has already completed some form of elementary Islamic education (i.e. graduated from Sunday school), then Suhba should be an appropriate program for them. But please note, the Suhba program is for students who want to be there. There must be some internal desire to attend these classes. It’s scope is such that it will require motivation on the student’s part to attain benefit. Shaykh Arsalan will conduct interviews with new applicants to the program to help determine interest as well.
Q: Can a student entering 9th grade join the Suhba program?
A: Yes, of course. All students entering into high school grades 9 through 12 can apply for the Suhba program in the fall semester.
Q: Can a student entering 12th grade join the Suhba program?
A: Yes, of course. All students entering into high school grades 9 through 12 can apply for the Suhba program in the fall semester. But please note that they will need to finish the second year of the program while they are in college in order to receive the Suhba graduation certificate.
Q: Can a student join in the spring semester?
A: No, new students are only accepted in the fall semester.
Q: How are students assessed in Suhba?
A: Students are graded on their homework, quizzes, exams and required volunteer hours (5 per semester). Attendance is also mandatory.
Q: Do students need to buy books?
A: Yes, once the student application and registration have been processed, students will receive an email advising which textbooks will be used during the school year, and they will need a hard copy of these books on the first day of class.
Q: Do Rufqa graduates need to go through the application process?
A: Yes, Rufqa graduates must go through the application process. They must fill out application, complete the interview and submit reference letters. They are only exempt from the entrance exam.