Al-Ghazaly High School

Address
970 Black Oak Ridge Road,
Wayne, NJ 07470

Main Office: (862)377-0876
Principal: Sr. Khaldiya Mustafa
Counseling Office: (862)377-0877
Vice Principal: Sr. Sally Amer

Al-Ghazaly Jr./Sr. High School is a comprehensive six-year private high school enrolling 292 students in grades 7 through 12. The school opened in the fall of 1984 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 1989. Al-Ghazaly is run by the Islamic Education Foundation which includes Al-Hikma Elementary School in addition to Al-Ghazaly HS and consists of a total student body of about 570 students. It holds membership in the College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

AL-Ghazaly High School's community is one that reflects the lifestyle in which a strong work ethic is instilled for academic and cultural achievements by its members. The life style is enforced through the rich intellectual programs and the various extracurricular activities. It is further enhanced as we explore learning beyond the classroom setting and work to have our students understand the arena of life and all of its expectations. Al-Ghazaly prides itself on the quality of its student body, who strive to become valuable assets to their respective communities, meet the challenges of the world of academia and outstanding citizens in general. Finally, we seek academic and moral excellence.


 

Community

Al-Ghazaly High School, located in Northern New Jersey, has a community of students who come from a wide variety of cities and towns in north, south, and central New Jersey and they also come from as far as New York.The community of the school and its surrounding areas was once a small group of about 2000 people. In recent years it has grown beyond 10,000 members. The Al-Ghazaly community has its traditional and cultural identification as its diverse cultural student body. For almost 25 years Al-Ghazaly has symbolized the community's values of education and culture and strong moral values.


 

The Ghazaly Difference

  • The Quran and Sunnah provide the best possible guidance for the proper raising, character building, and educating of students.
  • Cultivating strong Islamic values and identity in students prepares them to be constructive participants in American society.
  • The teaching of religious tolerance and cultural equality leads to an improved society.
  • Cultural diversity increases students' understanding of different peoples and cultures.
  • Character development is an essential aspect of the overall development of students.
  • Schools are most successful when student learning takes priority for all decisions impacting the school.
  • A school's mission is best achieved when the responsibility for advancing it is shared by teachers, administrators, parents and the community.
  • A shared commitment to continuous improvement will enable students to become confident, self-directed lifelong learners.
  • All students can learn and reach their maximum potential when provided with best possible educational and learning services to meet their needs.
  • Students achieve more when challenged with high expectations.
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are essential for the success of students.
  • Students are most successful when they are provided with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their academic achievements.
  • Students learn in different ways and the use of a variety of instructional approaches is needed to address different learning styles.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, and emotional needs.
  • A student's self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among and between students and staff.
  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.

Curriculum

The instructional program is aimed toward college preparation, with Honors Levels and Advanced Placement courses available in all major disciplines. We follow the standards and guidelines set by the New Jersey Department of Education in the NJCCCS.

Institutional Memberships

Al-Ghazaly High School holds institutional memberships with the College Entrance Examination Board and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors.

Grading

Grading Scale:

A+ -4.5= 97-100
A -4.3= 94-96
A -4.0= 90-93
B+ -3.7= 87-89
B -3.5= 84-86
B- -3.3= 81-83
C+ -3.0= 79-80
C -2.7= 75-78
C- -2.5= 70-74
F Below 69 or 2.4 (65 is passing only for learning classified students)

GPA Calculation

GPA is computed using the above quality points. Beginning with grade 9, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation. A minimum of 114 credits is required for graduation. In addition to the required 114 credits, each student must complete a 200 hours community service graduation requirement. Grades are recorded on the transcript and grade point average is computed in the end of 11th grade. Quality Points for Honor and AP Courses are as follows: The value of the grade is increased by 10%.

Courses Receiving Weighted Value in the Calculation of Weighted Grade Point Average All courses taken at Al_Ghazaly High School

  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB, BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics B, C
  • AP United States History
  • AP Government & Politics (Independent Study)
  • AP Statistics (Independent Study)
  • World History (Honors)
  • Algebra II (Honors)
  • Biology I (Honors)
  • Chemistry I (Honors)
  • Geometry (Honors)
  • English I,II,III (Honors)
  • Physics I (Honors)
  • Pre-Calculus (Honors)
  • US History I(Honors)
  • Arabic Languages (Honors)

Graduation requirements for the class of 2010

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of Mathematics
  • One year of Health & Physical Education for each year enrolled
  • Two years of United States History
  • One year of World History
  • Four years of a World Language (Arabic)
  • Three years of Science
  • Two Years of Islamic Studies
  • Two Years of Islamic History and Law
  • Two Years of Computer Science and Programming
  • Minimum Two Extracurricular Activities (4 years each)
  • One year in Practical Arts
  • Completion of Career Awareness/ Community Service / Volunteer Hours

Advanced Placement Summary

Al-Ghazaly high school has broadened its AP course offering in the past 2 years from four courses to seven courses and currently offers nine. The school also enforced that all the students enrolled in the course must take the AP test. This will encourage the student to put forth his or her best efforts until the end of the year even if he/she is not performing well. However, while this policy helps prepare the students for college, it lowers the overall average of the AP grade.
In Teaneck high school 76% enrolled in the class take the AP test, and of these only 45% score 3 or higher. At Al-Ghazaly, 100% of our students take the test. The percent of students scoring 3 or higher improved in the last 2 years from 45% to 58%.

Post-High School Placement

  • 97% matriculated to 4-year colleges and/or universities
  • 3% matriculated to 2-year institutions

Awards and Distinctions

  • Model United Nations Best School, Science Olympiad State Finalists
  • Two NCTE Awards in Writing
  • Four National Merit Finalist

Extra Curricular Clubs and Activities offered at Al-Ghazaly

  • Student Government Association
  • Science Olympiad
  • Math League and Math Counts
  • Model United Nations
  • Mock Trials
  • National Beta Club
  • School Beautification Club
  • SNAP School Newspaper Club
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Muslim Sisters Union
  • Reading Club

Graduate Placement

  • MIT
  • Columbia
  • NYU
  • CALtech
  • NJIT
  • Rutgers
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Wellesley
  • Boston
  • Yale
  • Barnard
  • St. Johns
  • Brown
  • Drew University
  • Fordham University
  • Montclair State University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Long Island University
  • William Paterson University
  • Felician College
  • Princeton
  • John Hopkins University
  • Kean University
  • Polytechnic University
  • Rensealler
  • Manhattan College
  • Boston College
  • St. Peter’s College
  • Bergen County College

SAT Summary

SAT results for the past three years have been compiled. The SAT consists of critical reading, Mathematics, and writing section. The average and quartiles of each section were found. The results were compared in a table to the Teaneck public high school, the county, and the state data for 2006 and 2007 (2008 public school report card has not been released yet)

The data indicates that Al Ghazaly high school did better than Teaneck HS, the county, and the state in all the three areas tested. The average, median, and the quartiles were higher than the comparable data.

The improvement is noticeable in the 2007 and 2008 Ghazaly results. In 2007 the median and the upper quartile (top 25% of students) were significantly higher than the comparable data. The top 50% of our students are scoring better than the top 25% of the state public school students.

The College Board has changed the format of the SAT writing section in 2005/2006. Al Ghazaly English department has implemented a writing program in 2006/2007. Since then there was a considerable improvement in the writing section results. The average increased by 11 points the first year, and 43 points the year after. The upper quartile also was significantly improved (90 points for the first year, and 20 points for the year after).

Above 97% of our senior classes have continued their education in four-year colleges. The mean combined SAT score for Math and Critical Reading was 1145 2008-2009 school year.