The educational program of WISE Academy follows the curriculum set by the State of Michigan and National Common Core Standards and uses high quality supplemental material based on research. This basic program is expanded and enhanced at every level enriching the student with exceptional learning opportunities. Qur’an, Arabic and Islamic Values are major academic subjects and are presented in sequential manner beginning in the Early Childhood Center up through all grade levels. Primary focus on all levels will be building English and Arabic vocabulary. All grade levels will emphasize the cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development of the child.
The WISE curriculum is a concept-based approach used in developing the minds, hearts and souls of each students. This method is used to harmonize the thoughts of students and connect them to real world thinking. WISE uses the Constructivist Theory as a general framework for instruction.
Why implement the constructivist approach? Jerome Bruner is the founder of this teaching philosophy. His philosophy is based upon the study of cognition and the development of the brain. Constructivism transforms the student from a passive recipient of information to an active participant in the learning process. Always guided by the teacher, students construct their knowledge actively rather than just mechanically ingesting knowledge from an instructor or textbook.
Pre-K3 ‑ This program is aimed at the 3 year old child. It will introduce the child to social skills necessary to settle down and get along with other children in a classroom environment. Some of the learning areas the children will be participating in are: Life skills, Exploration, Self-Expression, Creativity, Language and Religion. The skills to be introduced by these areas will be: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Hands‑on Computers, Large and Small Motor Skills, Imagination, Arabic and English Language, Qur’an Memorization, Du’a and Islamic Practice.
Pre-K4 ‑ This program is aimed at the 4-year-old child. It emphasizes structured play, which will socialize the child for a school atmosphere in the years to come. Subjects to be introduced will be Pre‑Reading, Pre‑Mathematics, Large and Small Motor Skill Development, Self‑Expression, Creativity, Islamic Practice and Sura Memorization. It emphasizes the cognitive, social, physical and emotional development of the child.
Kindergarten ‑ This program is aimed at meeting the needs of the 5 year old child. The learning activities lay the foundation needed for success in the more academic atmosphere of first grade. Daily lessons and Islamic Practice are presented in a meaningful and well-developed program. Subjects to be covered will be Quran, Arabic, Mathematics, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Islam, Computer Technology, Art, Music (songs & rhythm), Language Skills in both Arabic & English, Physical Education, and Handwriting. NOTE: Admittance to Kindergarten REQUIRES that the child is 5 years old by September 1st of the current school year.
Grades 6th to 12th – An enhanced academic curriculum based on rigor and relevance is provided. High academic expectations are put in place to empower students for the future. The curriculum far exceeds what is required by the State of Michigan and students are give the opportunity to work at an accelerated pace to graduate early. Daily instructions in Islamic teachings and practices, Tajweed and Memorization, Reading and Writing Classical Arabic are core subjects in each grade. Homework in all subjects is an integral part of the curriculum.