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PreK

No testing needed. Must be 3 years old at the time student starts and must be fully toilet trained (no pull ups or diapers).

Kindergarten – 2nd Grades

Al-Amal School administers grade appropriate testing for students to admit from K to 2nd grade. The entrance exams are based on Minnesota standards for Math and English and the students are expected to be at or above the Minnesota standards level.

3rd to 7th Grades

The NWEA test will be given to all new admitting students 3rd – 7th grade in Math and Reading regardless of if they have taken a test in their previous school. There is a one hour time limit per test. The student must perform at the high levels above the national standards to be eligible for admission where the passing criteria vary for each grade. All 7th graders will also take an Arabic test to assess the level of the student.
Admission 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
Reading 55% 55% 60% 60% 60% 70% 70%
Test Math 55% 55% 60% 60% 60% 70% 70%
Honors Math 85%

8th to 10th Grades

Al-Amal School education standards from the 8th grade are almost a class ahead of the Minnesota standards in Math and English. The school will administer in-school tests equivalent to an average Al-Amal School student passing the previous grade. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in Math and English to pass the entrance test, check and at least 85% to be considered for Honor Math. All 8th-10th graders will take an Arabic test to assess the level of the new student.
Admission 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Reading 55% 55% 60% 60% 60%
Test Math 55% 55% 60% 60% 60%
Honors Math

11th to 12th Grades

Entrance to these classes is extremely rare. All students must pass the English and Math Al-Amal 10th grades final exams by at least 80%. All 11th-12th graders will take an Arabic test to assess the level of the new student.

Retesting

Retesting is not available. We will however consider the student’s previous Standardized Test scores.

Arabic Testing

Proficiency in Arabic subject at grade level in Arabic is important for Al-Amal School. The students are expected to become at the grade level within two year if they have no understanding of Arabic. Al-Amal School will administer Arabic test from grades 7th and above to assess the levels of the new students.

Transcript/Report Card

Al-Amal School will only accept those students who exhibit higher grade GPA coming from other schools. Elementary students must have passing grades (all C or above). 6th to 7th grade students must have all passing grades with GPA of at least 2.5 (C+). All students from 8th and above must have all passing grades with GPA of 3.0 (B).

Standardized Tests

All students applying to Al-Amal School must show previous test data like MCA, IOWA, and NWEA and are at the grade level standards or above. This means above 60% for grades 3rd – 5th and 70% and above for grades 6th – 10th and 80 in all tests.

Behavior Reports

The Admission office will request the behavior report with the transcripts from parents and other schools. The Administration makes the deAcision to admit the student. Al-Amal School will request the transcript/report card, standardized tests and behavioral reports from your previous school.

Re-Admission of former Al-Amal School students

All former Al-Amal School students want to re-admit to Al-Amal will also go through the same new admission process and pass the test and other criteria accordingly even if they are out of school for at least one year. Al-Amal School has a discretion to not to re-enroll former students who left the school for the behavioral related issue. A minimum of two years are required before the student is considered for re-admission. The Administration may require added behavioral reports through a professional source if it deemed necessary to admit the student.

Enrolled in Al-Amal School and taking external classes

Al-Amal School will not count credits for any online or off-site courses taken by any students from grade 1 to 10 while they are still admitted in the school unless the course is approved by the Board and Administration. The current approved courses and track includes U of M gifted Math program and Mishkah University courses.

PSEO program

All 11th and 12th grade is exempt for this requirement, but all courses taken must meet the Al-Amal School’s high school diploma requirements.

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