Requirements and Prerequisites
Al-Bayaan Institute is currently accepting students ages 10 through 16 (enrolled in 5th through 10th grade) on or before the August Fulton County start date for the upcoming year. Enrollment in the Institute requires full-time attendance for all grade levels.
Factors to be considered in evaluating applications for admission include:
- Ability to read the Qu’ran proficiently including knowledge of basic makhaarij and tajweed.*
- Proof of good academic standing – report card or school transcripts for the past two years, 70% average or above required.
- Character references (letters of recommendation) – two letters from either a school teacher, community member or Islamic weekend school teacher. These forms are available as part of the admissions procedure page.
- A short essay explaining why “I want to be a Hafidh” – minimum one paragraph, double-spaced.
- Formal interview with the Admissions Committee for both parents and students.
Our Admissions Committee will consider each candidate individually and will make decisions based on a thorough evaluation of each application. ABI strives to admit a diverse student body.
*Note on the Qu’ran Fluency Prerequisite:
All students are required to take a Quran reading proficiency test. This test is given by the ABI Administrator and Hafidth and must be passed at a satisfactory level to proceed with application to the ABI program.
If deemed necessary by the Administrator, a student may be referred to the Roswell Community Masjid’s Quran Sciences Program (QSP) to improve their reading fluency or pronunciation before they qualify to enter the program. If this is the case the student may retest at time which they feel that they have made significant progress in their Quran reading.
Hifdh requires a solid foundation in makhaarij (Arabic pronunciation). Therefore, all applicants are required to meet a certain standard level of proficiency in their pronunciation of the Arabic letters before admission to Al Bayaan. If deemed necessary by the admissions committee, a student may be required to relearn the makhaarij prior to enrolling in the program.
2. Reading Fluency and Tajweed
Students are also required to be able to read the Qur’an with a basic degree of fluency and preferably posses a basic understanding of the rules of tajweed prior to enrollment. Tajweed instruction is integrated into the hifdh program on an ongoing basis, which allows students to perfect their pronunciation and recitation.
- Children with emotional and severe learning disabilities cannot be accepted at ABI, as programs are not available to meet the needs of these children.
- After accepting a student, if it is determined that he/she has emotional, behavioral problems, and/or severe learning disabilities, etc., the student may be referred out of ABI to a program that is designed to meet his/her learning needs.
Due to limited space and enrollment demand, the following criteria have been adopted to determine new admissions to ABI:
- Students who do not meet the admissions requirements listed above will not be admitted to ABI.
- Qualified candidates who are siblings or children of staff will be given the opportunity to apply early.
- Qualified candidates who complete all forms, interviews, and payments and who respond affirmatively to the admissions emails will be admitted.
- Upon filling all vacancies, the remaining students will be placed on the waiting list ranked in accordance to their skill and date of application. Students who equally qualify for admission at any level will be ranked according to the date their application was received.
- If vacancies still remain, then new students identified as having minor academic or behavioral problems in their former school may be admitted on probationary status at the discretion of the admissions team if it is believed that the student may respond more favorably to the educational environment at ABI. The ABI Administrator may also choose to admit students who need additional help with Quran if it is determined that the staff and resources are available to assist them.
All new students are on probation for their 1st 90 days with the Institute and may be dismissed from the program at any time therein for valid academic or disciplinary reasons.