Award Year: 2015

New Horizon School

1 Truman Street
Irvine, CA, 92620-0000

(949) 552-5411

Dr. Dina Eletreby, Principal at time of Nomination

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New Horizon mission is to provide its students with an excellent academic education and firm grounding in ethical values in a progressive Islamic environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 72%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • ELL: 1%
Teacher working with a student while integrating technology through a one-to-one laptop program.

Teacher working with a student while integrating technology through a one-to-one laptop program.

New Horizon School, Irvine opened its campus in 2001 and serves 197 students enrolled in preschool through 6th grade. 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.

New Horizon prides itself on bringing innovative programs to its students such as Leader in Me, Arabic as a second language, Singapore Math, and technology integration with a one-to-one laptop program in 5th and 6th grades, as well as iPads in 3rd and 4th grades. Students receive religious instruction each day and are also exposed to co-curricular programs such as art, music, performance, and team sports to enhance their educational experience. Teachers use data driven instruction in order to meet individual student needs within small class settings, an average of 13 students per classroom.

New Horizon hires a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse faculty and staff. Although New Horizon's admissions policy that does not discriminate based on faith or ethnicity, nearly 100% of the student population is Muslim. Despite having a religiously homogeneous student body, there are over 22 countries of heritage represented within the school. The majority of parents are either first or second generation immigrants, while a smaller portion of the population is inter-culturally or inter-religiously mixed. Students are taught in every grade level to be respectful of others and their differences, including religious differences. There is an especially strong theme of respecting those within the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism and Christianity.