Al Fatih Academy – ‘The Opening’
Al Fatih Academy (AFA) operates under the auspices of the non-profit corporation: Muslim Education Resource Council, Inc. (MERCI). This non-profit corporation was established in September 1999 for the sole purpose of establishing a full time Islamic School in our community.
Al Fatih Academy is not a for profit business. As such there is no individual who profits financially from its operation. The fees, tuition, donations and fundraising money that are collected are used to operate the school, purchase supplies and equipment, and to pay staff salaries. The remainder of the money is re-invested into the school for future use.
501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status
In 2001, MERCI gained a tax exempt status from the federal government. As such, donations made to Al Fatih Academy are tax deductible.
The Al Fatih Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the general direction of the school, reviewing and approving the school's budget, overseeing the school administration, and approving the general policies of the school. The Board consists of between 7 and 11 members who serve on a volunteer basis for three-year terms. Vacancies on the Board are filled upon nomination of an individual by any interested person, including community members, teachers, and Directors, and selection of such person by majority vote of the current Directors.
Al Fatih Academy is a dually-accredited school since 2011 by both AdvancED, an international organization that accredits schools and organizations; and CISNA, the Council for Islamic Schools of North America. Our dual-accredited status confirms that all of our academic programs and organizations structures are both Islamically sound and demonstrate educational best practices.
Al Fatih's mission is to cultivate and nurture a thriving American Muslim identity that balances religious, academic and cultural knowledge and imparts the importance of civic involvement and charitable work. Through an interdisciplinary and integrated programming approach, we strive to create an educational environment that unites students, teachers, family, and community to provide an exceptional learning experience.