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NYC Islamic Firm Schools: The Razi School

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The NY Times has featured one of the most celebrated and admired Private School Principals in its One in 8 Million feature. In this feature, the Times interviews and profiles a person in New York with a unique story, passion or issue to tell.

The latest in the NYTtimes’ One in 8 Million features Dr. Ghassan Elcheikhali, School Principal of The Razi School. The Razi School is a private Islamic day school located on Queens Blvd in New York.

The mission of the Razi School:

Razi School fosters spirituality and academic excellence in a distinctive Islamic environment with high expectation for students in grades Pre K-12 by assisting to develop the whole person and facilitating the success of all students.
Razi School has been established to provide an excellent education in Islamic environment while providing them with the academic tools to successes as educated Muslims in a competitive society. Through the daily contact with teachers as Islamic role models and the interaction with the Muslim peers they will receive the inner strength and self esteem to stand up for their believes and let their voices be heard through walls of frivolity and ignorance.
Razi School accomplishes this by:
• Teaching Islam as a faith to be lived.
• Providing a core curriculum of studies consistent with the NYBOE.
• Recognizing each individual’s ability.
• Assisting students to grow in confidence.

The Queenstribune.com also reported a story about the Razi school in which the words of it’s Principal found an audience and a connection that reached well beyond the boundaries of Firm Schools in New York City.

According to school Principal Dr. Ghassan Elcheikhali, Razi is the only Muslim school out of some 16 in New York City to employ non-Muslims teachers. For Elcheikhali, who used to teach sociology and political philosophy at the college level, the only thing he looks at when interviewing teachers are their professional qualifications.

“At Razi, our curriculum is Islamic, the environment is Islamic, our teachers – they don’t have to be Islamic,” said the Lebanese immigrant, who explained that the non-Muslim teachers are teaching subjects that do not require them to be practicing Muslims.

No matter where you come from in NYC, the multi-cultural setting and integration of every body make you feel part.

The diversity and opportunities available in NYC Firm Schools are a result of the diversity and multicultural integration of the wonderful people in our city itself.

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