“New Horizon seeks to develop in each student a positive identity as an American Muslim who is prepared intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to succeed as leaders in tomorrow’s world.”
So reads the Vision Statement of New Horizon School, Irvine, unchanged since the day it opened exactly 14 years ago today on September 10, 2001. This statement, along with our Mission Statement, has served as the driving force behind every decision made by the organization. New Horizon and its families have much to be proud of and thankful for – 14 years of success in fostering the development of students with a positive identity and balanced character who know their purpose is to strive for excellence and serve their community.
We have accomplished a great deal as we enter our 15th year of operation and have held firmly to the belief that if ‘we are not moving forward, then we are moving backwards’! New Horizon has relentlessly advanced its programs and services each and every year and is now recognized as a distinguished independent Islamic school, offering a model of education for informed and compassionate leadership. Over half of 3rd-6th grade students have consistently scored in the top 5% nationally in Math and Reading, 70% of alumni enroll in Honors and AP courses, and about 100 alumni have been accepted into universities throughout the country including Ivy Leagues such as Harvard, Cornell, and Dartmouth.
Vision without action is merely a dream.
Action without vision just passes the time.
Vision with action can change the world.
~ Joel A. Barker
The actions, over 15 years ago, of a few visionaries within our community gave rise to this beautiful institution! Since its founding, New Horizon School, Irvine has served over 800 students and their families and has given more than $2.5 million in the form of tuition discounts, making a New Horizon education accessible to a larger number of families. With a vision to open an upper school campus in the Fall of 2017, New Horizon will continue its dream to achieve another significant milestone for our community! This state of the art campus will expand our programs to increase the number of families we serve at both campuses and serve students through eighth grade. There will be more information forth coming at special parent events in the coming months. When the community comes together with a common goal, well-laid plans, good intentions, and God’s blessings – anything is possible!
“When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: perpetual charity; knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous offspring who prays for him.”
~ Hadith: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
To every individual who made any effort for, spoke positively about, contributed even one dollar towards the fulfillment of the New Horizon dream, know that there are thousands of individuals who were touched by the school, its faculty, and its community. Also know that any goodness that comes from what was taught to the 800-plus students in New Horizon will add to your account with God. As we celebrate our 14th anniversary and embark on our 15th year of operation, we acknowledge and make du’a for our founders. Their vision and actions created a place for a diverse group of American Muslims and of other faith traditions to come together, learn from one another, and be a fulcrum for positive changes for us all and for generations to come!