How much is the tuition?

Complete tuition and fees information is available under the 'Tuition and Fees' tab under Admissions. We endeavor to be considerate of different situations and work with every family. 


How is the average class size for elementary or middle school?

Our average class size is about 15-20 students. At present, no classes are over 22 students.

What is the class ratio for preschool?

Our class ratio for preschool is 1:12.

Do you have financial aid?

Yes. Although we have a set tuition, we work with families to make it as affordable as possible. Families can apply for financial aid through a confidential and easy online process through FAST at www.ismfast.com. This can be done once a family starts the online admissions process. It should be noted that the admissions process will have to be completed and your child accepted before any FA is offered. Financial aid does not cover the cost of enrollment or other school fees;  only tuition.

What academic standards do we follow?

  • For English Language Arts (includes Reading and Writing) and Math, the school program uses as a guideline the Common Core State Standards which have been recently developed and adopted throughout the United States.  All but about five states have adopted these standards.  According to the mission statement for Common Core, “The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Full implementation and testing for CCSS in California is expected in 2014.
  • For Science and Social Studies, the school currently uses as a guideline the California State Standards but will be examining the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2014-2015 for possible adoption in the following year.  The school also uses the CA State Standards as a guideline for the Physical Education program. 
  • For Religious Studies (includes Qur’anic and Islamic Studies) as well as Arabic Language, the school follows the curriculum guidelines designed by the Bureau of Islamic and Arabic Education (BIAE).

What additional classes do you offer?

Preschool - Elementary

Library:  Students in grades K-4 have library sessions three times per month with the school librarian; they can check out books and learn library/research skills.  The librarian takes a wagon of books to the preschool each week.

Art:  Students in grades 1-4 have two formal art sessions per month with a specialty art teacher in which students learn the elements of art and about famous artists.  Teachers also provide integrated art opportunities across the curriculum.

Music:  Starting in preschool through 4th grade, students receive at least once-a-week music classes.

Physical Education:   Students in grades 1-4 have formal P.E. classes that teach fitness and skills for various sports.  The curriculum follows the CA state standards and the Presidential Fitness Program, and the program is primarily taught by a specialty P.E. teacher. (2 days per week)

Middle School

Art:   Fifth graders take a semester-long course called, “Meet the Masters.”  Sixth graders take a semester-long course called, “Elements of Art.”  See below for art offerings for grades 7 and 8.

Music:  Fifth and sixth graders take a semester-long course called, “Music and Musical Theater.”  Their course culminates in a musical production in January.

Physical Education:  Students in 5-8 have formal P.E. classes that teach fitness and skills for various sports.  The curriculum follows the CA state standards and the Presidential Fitness Program, and the program is primarily taught by a specialty P.E. teacher. (3 periods per week)

Health and Human Development:  Students in grades 5-8 have classes that teach about healthy living and their physical and emotional development.  These classes follow two programs:   Totally Awesome Health and Transitions.  The human development program is taught by the school faculty and/or Muslim physicians and is correlated with Islamic teachings.

Computer:  Students in grades 5 and 6 take computer classes once or twice a week to learn keyboarding, cybersafety, Microsoft applications, and research skills.  Often the learning is integrated within their other classes.

Electives:   For students in grades 7 and 8, the school offers Academic Electives and Arts and

Other Electives.  These include:

  • Debate
  • Public Speaking (also required before graduation)
  • Math Challenge
  • Google Earth (Geography)
  • Media Literacy
  • Guitar
  • Robotics
  • Filmmaking
  • Acting
  • Community Service (required before graduation) (during school hours, students volunteer an hour per week at NHS Lower School or the neighborhood public school)
  • Ceramics
  • Web Design
  • Computer Animation

What types of technology do you offer in the school?

The school offers Integrated Technology throughout the school.  In preschool and pre-Kindergarten, students have access to a technology center in their classrooms:  iStart Smart.  In Kindergarten through Grade 8, all classes are equipped with interactive SMART Boards and iPad and computer centers.   

How do you approach diversity in the Muslim community?

  • New Horizon has a very diverse family and student population. We provide a safe and respectful environment for various expressions of Islam.  The school’s common goal is to raise children with a focus on God in their lives and the Qu’ran and Islam as a way of life.
  • We also have a diverse faculty with both Muslim and non-Muslim teachers and staff.  We  encourage respect for the faculty and all families at the school.

Do you have a Hafiz Program?

  • Our approach to the Qur’an is to have the students connect to the book as a book of wisdom and message from God and therefore we believe it’s important for them to understand the meaning of the Qur’an and not just memorizing it.   
  • We also believe that children need to memorize the Qur’an for prayer purposes and to be close to the Book of God. So, we offer memorization, reading, and recitation opportunities in the curriculum.  In the past two years, we have adopted the Nuraniya program which places a strong emphasis on developing students’ reading and recitation skills and helps them memorize more easily.  Our teachers are certified in teaching this program.
  • For families who wish to provide more training in this area, we offer an after-school program called Qur’anExcel.

What after-school classes do you offer?

Lower School

  • Mad Science
  • Bricks for Kidz
  • Qur’an Excel
  • Interior Design
  • Soccer and Basketball

Middle School

  • Garden Club
  • Debate Club
  • Peace Chorus
  • Sports Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Strings

Where do students go after New Horizon?

Our students matriculate to a variety of different high schools in Southern California.  The school provides a high school counseling program to assist parents in the admissions and decision-making process.  This includes one-to-one meetings with each family, a high school presentation on what to expect for applying to private or public schools, and high school visits from various private high schools in the area.  The school currently has alumni in the following schools:

  • Polytechnic School
  • Flintridge Preparatory School
  • St. Francis School
  • Westridge School
  • Mayfield Senior School
  • Alverno High School
  • Don Bosco Tech

In the past 5 years, students have also attended schools such as Harvard Westlake, Buckley, Webb, etc.  There is only one Islamic high school in proximity to the school which we also invite to give presentations, City of Knowledge in Pomona.

What is your school’s API score?

  • New Horizon is a private, independent school and does not follow the public school system of rating schools with an Academic Performance Index.  However, the school does utilize various benchmarks to demonstrate the quality of our program.  This includes achieving accreditation through two major accrediting organizations for private schools, California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  The school is required to meet 112 different standards related to Program, Faculty, School Plant, Health and Safety, etc.  The school is reviewed every 3 years. 
  • The school also earned the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon award.  This is earned based on test scores in the areas of reading and math which have to be in the top 10% in the nation.  (Note:  schools typically earn the Blue Ribbon title one time; they are actually restricted from applying from year to year.  The school is always working on maintaining the same level of scholarship and achievement with test scores in these top ranges.  This information is, however, not published).

What is your philosophy for preschool?

  • Our school focuses on all aspects of a child’s development:  social-emotional, cognitive, physical -- fine motor and gross motor, and more.  A child’s day is divided up with some structured learning opportunities and opportunities for free play which is key to a child’s overall development of their mind and spirit.  In the early childhood program, the school emphasizes early literacy and has specific programs designed to enhance students’ reading readiness. 
  • (See special pamphlet on the school’s Early Childhood Program including our new Mommy and Me program)

Do the students go on field trips?

Yes.

  • For early childhood, field trips come to the school such as the reptile program as we believe it is safer than to take them out in cars at this early age.
  • For elementary and middle school, students have excellent opportunities at every grade level to enjoy expanded learning at various sites throughout Southern California.  These are defined trips that take place from year to year and are aligned with the curriculum.  Some sites include:  Aquarium of the Pacific, Getty Villa, Autry Museum, JPL, California Science Center, Natural History Museum, International Printing Museum, Riley’s Apple Farm (civil war program), California Adventures (physics program), Eaton Canyon Nature Center, etc.
  • In middle school, the school offers an Outdoor Education program as well.  Students in grades 5 and 6 spend three days in the Angeles National Forest at Big Rock Creek Camp sleeping in cabins and learning science, survival skills, teambuilding, rappelling, and geology in the outdoors.  In seventh grade, students take a 3-day trip to the Channel Islands off the cost of Ventura Harbor.  Activities include setting up a campsite, cooking their own food, hiking, plant and wildlife study, kayaking, and spiritual reflection.
  • Eighth graders take a 4-day trip to Washington, D.C. at the end of the year as a culminating trip for their U.S. history program and as part of the New Horizon mission to nurture the students’ identity as Americans and good citizens.  This program is run by the Close-Up Foundation in D.C. and includes students from around the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the tuition?
How is the average class size for elementary or middle school?
What is the class ratio for preschool?
Do you have financial aid?
What academic standards do we follow?
What additional classes do you offer?
What types of technology do you offer in the school?
How do you approach diversity in the Muslim community?   
Do you have a Hafiz Program?
What after-school classes do you offer?
What kind of leadership opportunities do you offer? 
Where do students go after New Horizon?
What is your school’s API score?            
What is your philosophy for preschool?
Do the students go on field trips?
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