Now that the school year is under way, I would like to welcome you all back to The American Arab Bilingual Academy and extend an especially warm greeting to all our new families who have just joined us. Please let us know immediately should you have any doubts or concerns. UCA offers an English-Arabic bilingual education from Pre-K through to year 12. The bilingual aspect of the school is its most distinctive feature. Learning through another language, gives students a level of second language skill not achievable through a regular language arts program. Perhaps more importantly, a bilingual education prepares children for life in a rapidly changing world, while still maintaining contact with their Arab cultural heritage.

Our vision at UCA is to inspire commitment, responsibility, enthusiasm and creativity with a desire to learn. A unique feature of our school is the schedules activities that allow children to communicate, explore experiment and discover at their own level. Students have access to a computer lab necessary for today's growing technologies age. We are starting a Drama Club to open the child's imagination to role-play and encourage personal expression. The Kindergarten section has a qualified facilitator who monitors the children's progress as they master many life skills such as pouring, carrying and sewing necessary for the fine motor skills needed to have a good penmanship. The Science Lab is a safely equipped lab utilized for experiments with water, plant life and various science activities. Reading lessons take place in our bilingual Library complete with appropriate books of various subjects.

We are also pleased to inform you that our school has applied for CIS accreditation. A CIS accreditation guarantees excellence in all stages and aspects of school-based education. CIS assures a school, and the community it serves, that an accredited institution provides a quality education program for students based upon a clearly defined philosophy and objectives that are appropriate for the school's unique population.

We are bringing together a "dream team" of caring, and incurably positive staff who will be highly trained in the science and artistry of effective teaching methods. I envision that this school will be like a teeming garden, where students spread strong roots and develop strong skills that will allow them to pursue lofty dreams and goals, supported by depth of noble character as they become young adults.

Looking forward to another fruitful year at the American Arab Bilingual Academy.

Mrs. Ahlam Khattab, The Principal