A very warm welcome to you. Maritime Muslim Academy (MMA) is an independent daytime private institution that provides educational services to the families, children and youth from Canada and abroad. The Academy is committed to providing high quality cultural, recreational and Islamic educational services according to the best standards and practices.The Academy's mission is to educate students intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially in a trusting and caring Islamic environment. MMA offers standard educational programs like any other school in Canada and also offers Quran and Arabic as well as the basic teaching in Islamic beliefs, principles and values.
The Academy was first founded in 1984 to serve the Muslim community in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. It is one of the earliest Islamic institutions established in Canada and is the only Islamic school in Atlantic Canada. Initially called the Halifax/Dartmouth Islamic School, it later changed its name to the Maritime Muslim Academy. MMA offers private educational services to students from September to June, a total of 195 teaching days/year, and provides fulltime teaching at all stages of education: Preschool, Elementary, Junior High and Senior High School. English is the main language of instruction, however Arabic and French are taught as second languages. MMA's education is consistent with the standards established by the Canadian Government. More specifically, the Academy is committed to teaching the Nova Scotia Department of Education curriculum. However, in some cases the curriculum is adapted to our specific needs. This is because our students are high achievers and the average performance is way much higher than the NS curriculum. Furthermore, we believe not only in high academic achievements but also in creating an Islamic Environment of honesty, integrity, mutual respect and responsibility.
Since it was established more than 25 years ago, the Academy has grown considerably. Currently, over 150 full time students are enrolled. In 1996 the Academy moved its facility from Dartmouth to its new location in Halifax, where the two buildings were purchased to accommodate the increasing number of students. Our facilities are equipped with a Library, Computer and Science labs. Students of the Academy enjoy a variety of extra-curricular activities such as team sports, field trips, swimming, bowling, rock climbing and several clubs in the fields of science, arts, literature, drama etc. We have an excellent Preschool program that can accept children ages 18 months to 12 years. The MMA's preschool is open year round and successfully offers curriculum and services that meet all government standards.
MMA employs fully certified and qualified teachers who come from various strong education backgrounds. The Academy is the owner of the school-building property, which is centrally located in Halifax that is a well equipped facility with all that is needed including the use of modern technology such as computers in every classroom with high speed internet connections, central printing/photocopying, audiovisual equipments and many other resources as these obviously important learning tools. However, it is our enthusiastic and well motivated teachers who give life to our Academy. We aim to produce happy children who are practicing Muslims, independent thinkers who will take risks in their learning. We wish them to preserve their Islamic identity and become good citizens who are literate and cultured communicators, not just through writing, but by acquiring skills in public speaking and engaging in dialogs with their teachers and each other and enjoying each other's company. MMA students can become life-long learners.
MMA is governed by a board of directors of elected parents and other members of our local Muslim community. The School (grades primary to 12) does not receive financial support from any government or other funding agencies. However the preschool (daycare) receives limited amount of funding from Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. MMA is a non-profit charitable organization registered with federal government (Canada Revenue Agency).
I hope you find the information contained in this website useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to find out more. We look forward to welcoming you to the Maritime Muslim Academy in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada.
Dr. Hadi Salah