School Profile

2023-2024 School Profile

CEEB Code: 210389

Main Office: 301-982-2402

www.alhuda.org

Principal

Mr. Haroon Baqai

School Counselors

Ms. Farida Chowdhury

Ms. Zara Tariq


Al-Huda High School is part of the broader Dar-Us-Salaam community, which is located deep in the city of College Park.  We serve the educational, social, spiritual, and financial needs of the Muslim community in the Greater Washington D.C Metropolitan area. Under the Dar-Us-Salaam umbrella, we have a charity foundation, an accredited pre-school to high school, a part-time and full time Qur’an Hifz (Memorization) school, a social service office, a publishing branch, a newspaper, an Islamic Information Center for non-Muslims, and a karate dojo.  Al-Huda Elementary, Middle and High school are accredited by the Middle States Association. Their website: https://www.msa-cess.org/The 600+ students enrolled at Al-Huda School are culturally diverse with a population that is approximately 56% African/African American, 23% Arab +Asian, 13% Caucasian, 8% Other or Declined.


Al-Huda High school is a college preparatory four-year private Muslim high school enrolling 153 students in grades 9 through 12.  The high school classes are separated based on gender with an average student to teacher ratio of 11:1. Since most of our students are classified as underrepresented especially in advanced placement programs, our small classroom size allows teachers the ability to address student weaknesses and strengths.  Al-Huda High school opened in 2007, with the first senior class graduating in spring 2011. The high school was re-accredited from the Middle States Association Committee on Institution Wide Accreditation in December 2022. 


Al-Huda Global School is Al-Huda School’s distance learning program that is offered to grades 9-12 globally to achieve a US High School diploma. We have an average student to teacher ratio of 20:1 in our distance learning program. Our program offers a rigorous curriculum that prepares students academically, intellectually, and emotionally, as they enter their college life. Al-Huda Global school started in 2020, with the first senior class graduating in Spring 2024. The highschool received its accreditation in April 2023.


The academic program is organized on a traditional schedule of six to seven 50-minute classes.  Courses are yearlong and are broken into 2 semesters with 2 quarters per semester.  All high school students have to take a midterm exam and a cumulative final exam that counts for 20% of their overall final grade.  Each course’s cumulative final exam spans the knowledge gained over the entire year.  This policy was implemented to help prepare students for the rigors of college’s cumulative final exams.

AP® courses are taken by Al-Huda High School students in their 11th and 12th grade year.  We offer AP® U.S. Government, AP® English Language & Composition, AP® Calculus AB,  and AP® Biology. 

Al-Huda High School does not offer courses that are identified as Honors or Gifted/Talented.  Because of our small class size, teachers differentiate and integrate many strategies that address all student-learning needs.

Many of our highly motivated students in their sophomore, junior, and senior year enroll in college freshmen courses and earn college credits at local institutions of higher education.

What sets our school apart from others is the basis of the curriculum which is heavily influenced by the teachings of honesty, charity, respect, and modesty. High moral character is encouraged as defined in our religion and cultural heritage. It is this basis that both enhances and guides the education of the student, and promotes excellence. Students are taught to always peer through the lens of their identity in whatever subject they study. The nurturing environment that looks out for the emotional and spiritual well being of the student provides the firm ground on which the student can grow with confidence.


Al Huda School first implemented the AP program in 2009.  Al-Huda teachers and students worked very hard in ensuring maximum success on the AP® exam.  Teachers not only set-up after school study sessions, but they also set-up weekend and holiday study sessions.  After our first year’s success, we offered 3 more AP® courses (English Language & Composition, Calculus AB, and Biology) to our senior class in addition to the U.S. Government course offered to the juniors. As stated earlier, AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) was introduced to much success.

Many of our students come from a low socio-economic background. Many of them are also from underrepresented ethnic groups.  Because of this and because of our small classroom size, AP® exams are all optional (except the AP English).  All juniors and seniors enrolled at Al-Huda High School are encouraged to take the 4 core AP® courses offered in addition to the other graduation requirements mentioned above.


All students must graduate with a minimum of 29-31 credits. One credit equals 1 year of study. 

Students entering Al Huda in 9th grade are required to earn the following credits in each discipline:

English 4
Math 4
History 3
Science 4
Foreign Language (Arabic) 4
Islamic Studies 4
Qur’an 4
P.E & Health 0.5
Internship 1 – 3 credits
Technology & Computer ApplicationsCommunity Service 0.525 hours
Total 29-31 credits

Students entering Al-Huda Global School in 9th grade are required to earn the following credits in each discipline:

English 4
Math 4
History 3
Science 4
Foreign Language (Arabic) 4
Islamic Studies 4
Qur’an 4
P.E & Health 1
Internship 1 – 3 credits
Technology & Computer ApplicationsCommunity Service 125 hours
Total 30-32 credits

Non-AP Courses are graded on a 4.0 scale as follows:

A+ 100 4 C+ 77 2.75
A+ 97 4 C 73 2.5
A 93 4 C- 70 2
A- 90 3.75 D+ 67 1.75
B+ 87 3.5 D 63 1.5
B 83 3.25 D- 60 1
B- 80 3 F 0 0

AP® courses are graded on a 5.0 scale as follows:

A++ 100 5 C+ 77 3.75
A+ 97 5 C 73 3.5
A 93 5 C- 70 3
A- 90 4.75 D+ 67 2.75
B+ 87 4.5 D 63 2.5
B 83 4.25 D- 60 2
B- 80 4 F 0 0

Students are ranked based on their weighted GPAs.  Ranking appears on the student’s transcript beginning in 11th grade.


GPA is computed using the above quality points.  Beginning with grade 9, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation.  A minimum of 29 credits is required for graduation.  Included in the 29 credits, are a 25-hour community service and a 75-hour internship graduation requirement.  AP® courses are weighted by one point.  Grades are recorded on the transcript and the grade point average is computed every quarter.


The following are the median scores for the current seniors broken down by each SAT section exam, for the class of 2024:

  • 610-630 Middle 50% Critical Reading
  • 560-600  Middle 50 % Math

Over half a million in scholarships were awarded to our students in the past decade, from UC Berkeley (graduate studies), Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Virginia Tech, Temple University, American University, Penn State, Bowie State University, and George Washington University.


This year the senior class was a size of 31 students. Twelve opted to do community college then transfer to 4 year school.

College Placement
University of Maryland 6
University of Maryland Baltimore County 6
George Washington University 1
College Acceptance
American University  1
George Mason University 5
Towson 5
George Washington University 2
Howard University 2
Bowie State 1
Case Western 1
Penn State 2
Temple University 1
Rutgers 1