Build a Legacy of Excellence in Islamic Education



Every Islamic school provides high quality academic and Islamic education.



Promote quality education at Islamic schools through advocacy, accreditation services, and professional development to ensure institutional effectiveness leading to student success.



Serve as a unifying organization for all Islamic schools.

Provide accreditation services on a global level.

Foster continuous improvement and excellence in governance, leadership, teaching, and learning at Islamic schools through professional development.

Advocate at the local, state, national, and global levels to ensure equitable access to resources for all students.

Out Story

In 1989, an educational symposium, organized and hosted by the Islamic Society of North America, gathered Muslim educators, community members, and representatives from many Islamic institutions throughout North America. Discussions resulted in the appointment of a seven member ad hoc committee to serve as the architects of a mechanism for cooperation and communication among full-time Islamic schools throughout the continent. This committee included representatives from various US geographical regions and Canada. By November of 1991, as a result of the committee’s efforts, the first full-time Islamic School general assembly meeting was held in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 45 full-time Islamic schools were represented, a constitution was ratified, and CISNA was formed. 

Our Governance

CISNA is governed by a group of highly educated, experienced, and qualified Board of Directors who believe in Islamic school education. Those volunteers who serve were elected by CISNA member schools as outlined in CISNA bylaws.
CISNA currently serves over 200 Islamic schools from the US and Canada at its conferences. CISNA includes over 85 members of whom 38 have earned CISNA accreditation.


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What We Stand For

CISNA Accreditation

CISNA Accreditation provides a means to review and evaluate all aspects of a school’s program based on rigorous standards and measures the school’s progress! CISNA offers Single Add-on Accreditation and with any regional accrediting agency, and Dual Accreditation with AdvancED and NEASC.

CISNA Membership

CISNA Board members provide consulting services to General Members as well as CISNA Accredited Members. These services may take the form of professional development opportunities at the school or via phone call and/or email.



CISNA at a Glance 




Professional Development Services

The CISNA professional development team continually works to increase access to opportunities for the spiritual and professional growth of our accredited schools and members by ongoing collaboration, curation of resources and digital and on-site training. CISNA Board members provide consulting services to school staff and board members. The CISNA Executive Director provides advice and consulting services to member schools via phone and email as well as in-person school visits.



Professional development focused on the needs of developing future and current Islamic schools leadership and governance.


Professional development focused for the needs of current and veteran Islamic schools educators and support staff.


Conferences that focus on the unique needs of PK-12 Islamic schools leadership and educators.


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Our Latest News & Announcements

CISNA/ISNA Webinars | May, 2020

May 9th 4-5:30 PM EST | Closing Out the School Year
This webinar will address end-of-year activities and tasks related to students, staff and administrators. You will hear from three principals and have an opportunity to ask questions.

May 16th 4-5:30 PM EST | Preparing to Reopen School in the Fall
The focus of Islamic schools nationwide is to ensure that we are building strong Islamic character and delivering strong academics. This webinar will address questions and uncertainties about how the start of the next academic year will look and how we are nurturing our students online vs. in-person.

CISNA Discusses Board/Principal Responsibilities and Relationships

CISNA hosts monthly zoom webinars as a platform for collaboration and professional development for Islamic Schools.
On December 11, 2019 CISNA invited Necva Ozgur as the guest speaker to discuss Board/Principal responsibilities and relationships. Sr. Necva Ozgur is the founding School Head of New Horizon School of Pasadena. After serving NHSP for 12 years, she established a resource center for Islamic schools called MERIT, Muslim Educators, Resource, Information and Training Center. She currently provides Islamic schools with board training, principal coaching, assistance with accreditation, school establishment, development, evaluation and consulting.

CISNA collaborates with interfaith partners to keep children SAFE

CISNA collaborated with interfaith partners including: the NJ Catholic Conference, Agudath Israel of America, the Association of Christian Schools International, the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations, and dozens of Jewish, Catholic, Christian, Islamic and...

CISNA Ex. Director Interview with Turkish Journals 1

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CISNA Ex. Director Interview with Turkish Journals 2

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The panel of the American Federation for Children speaks about Islamic schools

The panel of the American Federation for Children speaks about Islamic schools and the school choice movement as they respond to a question asked by CISNA Executive Director, Sufia Azmat. Please watch below video.      ...

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