Council of Islamic Schools in North America
A Voice for Islamic Schools
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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Establishing Islamic Schools and supporting Islamic education is an obligation for the entire Muslim community. It can NOT fall only on the parents of the students who attend Islamic schools or the local masjid community. We ask for your support so that CISNA can continue to improve the quality of education for our youth, our future!
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