Islamic Foundation School
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|Islamic Foundation School|
|300 W Highridge Rd
Villa Park, Illinois 60181
|Oversight||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Team name||IFS Chargers|
The Islamic Foundation School or IFS is a Preschool to 12th grade private school in Villa Park, Illinois. It was established in 1986, by the Islamic Foundation, Villa Park. Students are taught about Islam in addition to their core academic subjects. It serves approximately 750 students.
IFS is one of the largest Islamic schools in the United States (by population.) Many[vague] of its graduates were accepted to prestigious universities such as Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Harvard University, and many other Ivy League schools. Islamic Foundation also offers a Full/Half Time Hifz/Nazra Tajweed Qur'an reading class. These classes are taught by qualified huffadh and are for both boys and girls.
- A Full-time (Pre K - 12) School
- A Full or Half time Quran Class
- A New Quran Memorizing Program—Sacred Link
- Full-time Chemistry and Physics Labs
- Literacy Center
- A Masjid (Mosque)
- A modern banquet hall
- A spacious cafeteria
- An Islamic bookstore
- Sunday School
- Saturday School
- A full size high school gym and elementary gym
- Many great extracurricular activities
- The best group of students ever
While the eight founding families of Islamic Foundation initially congregated in 1973 and incorporated the institution in 1974, the inauguration of the Islamic Foundation activities began with the establishment of a weekend Islamic School in 1975.
By 1977, the Foundation was seemingly on track towards the establishment of their own center. With the purchase of seven acres in Elmhurst, Illinois, announced in the February 1977 issue of The Voice of Islam, the Foundation’s monthly newsletter to its parishioners, the community was well on its way to establishing an elaborate institution which went well beyond education:
"The proposed center will be complete in three stages: The initial structure will encompass a prayer hall, classrooms,
offices, reading room and a library on the first floor and a full basement for social functions and other activities. In the
second stage, these facilities will be expanded and enlarged, the goal of Islamic Foundation in the third stage is to have a
Muslim funeral home, radio station, elementary school, high school and recreational facilities."
The sale of the Villa Park school to Islamic Foundation was completed following the DuPage County Regional Board of School Trustees final approval rendered in October 1982.