Welcome to the Islamic School of San Diego

The mission of the Islamic School of San Diego is to facilitate the intellectual, psychological, physical, and spiritual development of all its students within a supportive, nurturing environment. The school is committed to ensuring that learning occurs for all students and to including all stakeholders in a team approach to accomplish this goal. We endeavor to produce students that will contribute positively to humanity and the global environment.

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results
It is expected that upon graduation from ISSD, all students will:
I – Implement Islam daily by understanding and applying the principles.
S – Solve problems, think critically, and communicate ideas effectively.
L – Lead as active, respectful, and engaged community members.
A – Achieve academic proficiency and be self-motivate learners.
M – Make use of knowledge and technology for beneficial purposes.



ISLAMIC SCHOOL of San Diego – News You Can Use!

Assalaamu alaikum Dear ISSD parents,


I hope that you and your family had an enjoyable summer. On behalf of the Staff at the Islamic School of San Diego, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning students and their families to the 2015 – 2016 Academic School Year! We are all excited and have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. Here is some information to help the first week of school go smoothly.

First Day of School:
Monday, August 31st will insha’Allah (ISA) be the first day of school at ISSD. We begin our morning assemble promptly at 7:45 a.m., so please try to arrive a little bit early. Keep in mind however that students are not allowed to enter the school or playground area before 7:30 a.m. each morning.

We recognize that some students and parents are anxious to attend class together on the first day of school. This is especially true for Pre-K and Kindergarten students! We have learned from experience however, that it is easier for students to transition into the school routine faster if parents allow their children to experience independence as soon as possible. For this reason, we request that parents encourage their children to go into class independently with their teacher and classmates on the first day of school. Once your child enters his or her classroom, please join us in the Multi-purpose room for a special program. Parents’ cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated by the teachers!

Principal’s Coffee Hour:
All parents are welcome to start the new school year by attending the Principal’s Coffee Hour! This informal gathering will (ISA) be held once a month beginning on August 31st at 8:00 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. It is a great opportunity for parents to meet with the principal, to chat with one another, and to learn more about the ISSD community and our school programs such as the PTA.

All students are expected to wear their uniforms to school beginning on Monday, August 31st. If uniform items have been ordered but not yet received from True Grits, parents need to bring in their order receipt to the office to have uniform infractions waived.

Hot Lunches:
Beginning Aug. 31st, Hot Lunches will ISA be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays for $3.00/lunch (regular) and $4.00/lunch (adult). Menus will be emailed and posted on the bulletin board by the school office.

Changes to Yearly School Calendar:
Please note that we have made some adjustments to the Yearly Calendar (attached).
The new calendar reflects the following changes:
Labor Day, Sept. 7th is a non-instructional day off for all ISSD students and staff.
Arafat & Eid al-Adha, 9/22 – 9/25, are observed holidays for ISSD students and staff.
Fall Break, Nov. 26th and Nov. 27th are non-instructional days off for students and staff.

Questions and/or Concerns: 
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns that relate to his or her classroom behavior, assignments, or assessments. You can do this by either sending a message through JupiterEd or by calling the office and leaving a message. Please be aware that teacher’s are busy monitoring their students on the playground before school and during dismissal and are not able to talk with parents at that time.

Office Hours:
ISSD’s office hours are: Mon. – Fri. from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The office telephone # is 858-278-7970. You can also reach us by email:admin@issdweb.org

Principal’s Office Hours: Mon. and Thurs. (2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) and by appointment.

New Staff and Positions This Year:

The Islamic School of San Diego has some new staff members that we would like to introduce to our school community:

• Ms. Humera Sheikh is taking on a new role as a School Social Worker Intern. ISA, she will be working with students, parents, and staff on Mondays and Wednesdays and will (ISA) be helping out in the office until Ms. Fauzia arrives.

• Ms. Fauzia Mazhar is our new Administrative Assistant. ISA, she will be joining our staff by Sept. 14, 2015. She has worked as an administrative assistant for the past 7 years at an Islamic school in Massachusetts and is currently in the process of relocating to San Diego.

• Ms. Edesta Tjen-a-loi is joining our staff as the volunteer Purchaser and Event Coordinator. ISA, she will be assisting the newly formed PTO as well.

• Ms. Mona Hussan joins the staff this year. She has worked in the past as a volunteer and substitute teacher at ISSD. She is responsible for both Arabic and Core instruction in our new early childhood education (TK) program.

• Ms. Fehmida Davla, our new 1st Grade Teacher, has a B.A., a CA Teaching Credential and close to 22 years of teaching experience.

• Ms. Wafaa Eldereiny, our new 4th Grade Teacher, has a M.A. in Education and a California Teaching Credential. As many of you know, she has served as a volunteer, a substitute teacher, and also as the middle school History at ISSD in the past.

• Ms. Julie Roach will ISA continue in her position as the middle school English and Social Studies Teacher.

• Br. Fayyaz will (ISA) be teaching 8th grade Islamic Studies and Qur’an this year. He is a Hafiz of Qur’an, an Imam, and has extensive experience working with Muslim American youth.

Please join us in welcoming our new staff members. We are looking forward to working together in the upcoming year to ensure that it is a successful one, insha’Allah!

Jazakum Allahu khairan wassalaam,

Dr. Sharifa Abukar, Principal
Islamic School of San Diego


ISSD Application Documents for 2015- 2016:

2015-2016 Admissions Calendar

2015-2016 Acceptance Policy

Application Form 2015-2016

2015-2016 Financial Agreement