• Prekindergarten & Kindergarten
In the Pre-Kindergarten program, teachers creatively teach readiness skills in English Language Arts and Mathematics and Islamic Studies, thus providing a solid foundation for the full curricular kindergarten program.
In Kindergarten, children from the age of five will build on the Readiness Program begun in pre-Kindergarten and move toward the full curriculum of reading, language, mathematics, science, social studies, Islamic and Quranic studies.
Creative Art, Physical Education, naptime and various field trips also compliment the curriculum in both areas.
• Elementary: 1st - 5th Grade
The highly challenging elementary school program will include reading, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Islamic and Quranic Studies, Visual Art, Physical Education and Arabic, Persian or Bengali. Extra-curricular activities and school field trips will be provided for all classes.
• Junior High: 6th, 7th & 8th Grade
The traditional preparatory curriculum of the junior high school includes language arts, mathematics - to include pre-Algebra; as well as Algebra l, Life and Earth Sciences, American History, Islamic and Quranic studies, Computer Literacy, Visual Art, Physical Education and Arabic, Persian or Bengali. In 8th Grade, students begin working towards high school credit through Regents courses.
• High School: 9th - 12th Grade
The Razi High School program is a challenging, rigorous college preparatory curriculum with an emphasis in mathematics and science and the addition of Islamic Studies. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a New York State Regents Diploma.
To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of about 35 credits, excluding Physical Education. A credit is awarded to a student when he/she successfully completes the course and passes the required state exam, Regents Exam, or school exam.
The testing program of Razi School is as rigorous and challenging as its curriculum. The program consists of measuring and appraising the academic achievement, attitude and behavior of all students and providing the necessary intervention and remediation.
Razi School aims to have its students succeed in all areas, that is why we believe it is important to test and re-test the students to determine their strengths and weaknesses and to continually improve the quality of learning of the school.
Students will regularly receive quizzes and trimester exams. The trimester exams are of extreme importance. They are of cumulative nature and cover all material taught in class up to the date of the test.
Standardized tests are administered school-wide. Currently the Stanford Achievement Test 9th Edition is administered to kindergarten through eleventh grade students. This allows teachers to monitor student progress annually in comparison to other US students.
Razi School administers all New York state mandated exams. Regents Exams are administered to high school students upon the completion of various courses. A score of 65% or higher must be achieved on all Regents Exams for credit to be given in that subject. Students who score below 65% have the opportunity to retake the exam at the next administration date.
Students who pass a Regents Exam but are not satisfied with the score may take the exam a second time only. Each exam score will be recorded on the student’s transcript, but only the highest score will be included in the student’s grade point average (GPA).
College Board Tests
High School students are provided guidance and encouragement to take the PSAT, SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP) and other tests according to the requirements specified in college applications across the United States. Razi School provides preparation programs to help prepare students for these tests.
Students in Pre-kindergarten will be evaluated in light of their own individual performance levels:
|E = Excellent
||V = Very Good
||G = Good
|S = Satisfactory
||N = Needs Improvement
||U = Failing
Students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd will receive the following grades:
|E = Excellent, 5
||V = Very Good, 4
||G = Good, 3
|S = Satisfactory , 2
||N = Needs Improvement, 1
||U = Unsatisfactory, 0
Students in 4th through 12th grade will receive the following grades:
|A+ = 96-100, 4.5
||A = 90-95, 4.0
||B+ = 85-89, 3.5
|B = 80-84, 3.0
||C+ = 75-79, 2.5
||C = 70-74, 2
|D = 65-69, 1
||F = 0-64, 0
High School Grade Point Average (GPA)
A cumulative or career grade point average (GPA) is maintained for all high school students. The final grade each high school student receives is called a quality point. All final grades are added together to form career quality points. Each course a student studies has a weight or value. Advanced placement (AP) courses will have a weight of 1.12, required courses have a weight of 1, and physical education and ESL courses have a weight of 0. A student’s career GPA is calculated by dividing their career quality points by their career weight.
Razi School does not officially rank its students.
All failing grades remain on a student’s transcript, but are not included in the GPA provided that the student repeats and passes the exam. The passing grade is entered on the transcript and included in the GPA. For exams repeated to raise one’s score, only the higher score is included in the GPA and credit is given only once. A student may only retake exams passed the previous school year, none earlier.
Informal student progress reports are sent to parents in the sixth week of the first trimester. These reports identify students' strengths and weaknesses. Progress reports are sent to parents during the second trimester as needed.
Formal written reports, know as “report cards” are sent to parents following the end of each term. The purpose of the report is to summarize student performance and indicate the students' strengths and weaknesses. The report is based on teacher assessment of student performance.
ESL students will receive a narrative report of their progress each term.
A conference will be scheduled for parents of students who are not meeting the standards and curriculum requirements of the school.
A student who, for academic reasons, is not progressing within the standards and expectations of Razi School may be placed on probation or demoted for a specified duration. If the terms of the probation are met, the student will be reinstated at school conditionally at the expiration of the term. When the terms of probation are not met, the student may be asked to leave the school.
Promotion & Retention
Promotions will be based upon a student's final grades. The final grades are determined by averaging the trimester grades for each main subject.
For high school students, Regents exam scores are considered as the final grade.
No student will be promoted if he/she receives a failing final grade of U (unsatisfactory) for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, less than 60% in any subject for students in 4th through 6th grade, or less than 65% in any subject for students in seventh and up. Students receiving a failing grade in one or two subjects will be permitted to retake their final exam/s at the beginning of the next school year. A passing grade must be achieved on all retake exams to be promoted to the next grade level. If not, the grade must be repeated.
ANY STUDENT WHO RECEIVES A FAILING FINAL GRADE IN THREE OR MORE SUBJECTS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE RETAINED AND THE GRADE LEVEL MUST BE REPEATED THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THIS IS IF THE THIRD FAILING GRADE IS IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. ONLY THEN WILL A STUDENT BE PERMITTED TO RETAKE ALL THREE EXAMS IN ORDER TO BE PROMOTED. A PASSING GRADE MUST BE RECEIVED ON ALL RETAKE EXAMS.
If a student is retained for two consecutive years, he/she will be discharged from the school, but may reapply for admission after one school year has passed.
No student will be promoted if he/she has not met the minimum attendance requirements.
During the school year, if any student is having difficulty, a meeting must be held with the student and his/her parents so that the school can advise them of ways in which the parents can help to prevent the child from being retained.
Graduation & Awards
The Graduation and Award Ceremonies are held at the end of each school year. All students who received passing final grades will be officially promoted to the next grade. Kindergarten, 8th grade and 12th grade students will have a special Graduation Ceremony.
Golden and Silver Honor Roll Certificates will be awarded at the Graduation Ceremony. Any student whose grades average to 5.0 and all grades are E for kindergarten through 3rd Grade and average of 96% - 100% and all grades 96 and up for 4th Grade through 12th Grade will receive a Golden Honor Roll Certificate. Any student whose final grades average is 4.5 or higher and all grades are V and E for kindergarten through 3rd Grade and grades average of 90% - 95% with all grades 90 and up for 4th Grade through 12th Grade will receive a Silver Honor Roll Certificate.
The top two students in the 8th and 12th grade with the highest accumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) will be honored as the class Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Students in first grade and up are required to participate in congregational prayer every day. On Friday, students in third grade and up join the community for the Salat-ul-Jumah.
Students in 4th Grade and up are assigned a Teacher Advisor. The Teacher Advisor follows the progress of each student and offers assistance and help whenever needed. The homeroom teacher is the key person in monitoring the students’ academic, emotional, and social progress, and in communicating with parents.
Parents are encouraged to share with Teacher Advisors whatever information they think will help their children.
Use of the school library is encouraged for formal study and research, browsing and borrowing. All elementary students have a library period scheduled weekly. The library is open at various times for students of all grade levels to use. Students are expected to follow library rules at all times or their library privilege will be taken away.
Students interested in using the Computer Lab or the computers in the liberary outside of class time should make arrangements with the Computer Teacher. Before any student will be allowed to use the computers. Both the student and parent must sign the Acceptable User Consent. Any violation in the use of the computers will be considered an offense.
Razi School provides students with breakfast and lunch daily through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. The cost of the meals depends upon the income of your family. If you feel that you are eligible for free or reduced price meals, you must complete the Meal Application Form and return it to the school office with all the required documentation. The daily full price breakfast is $2.00 and lunch is $2.50. Reduced price breakfast is 25¢ and lunch is 25¢ daily. Meals are to be paid for three times each year in addition to your tuition payments.
The meal program is optional for all students. Students may bring their own lunches from home, but we do not have facilities to store student lunches in a refrigerator or warm them in an oven. Students are not allowed to bring glass containers to school as this can create a safety hazard. Razi School is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING LUNCHTIME.
Students in 4th grade and up are assigned a locker for the year. Every student is required to provide a lock for the locker. All locker changes must be authorized. No student is to occupy more than one locker. Students will be expected to pay for the cost of any willful damage to their lockers. Usually, students will be asked to empty their lockers before Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks for cleaning.
Lockers, like desks and other furnishing, are property of Razi School. School authorities reserve the right to search them at any time.
Students are issued a photo ID card each year. Students are responsible for carrying their ID cards at all times and showing their cards upon request. Lost cards are to be reported to the school office. Students need this ID card in order to receive their books and to return the books. Lost card will be replaced at $10 cost to the student.
Telephone and Messages
In an emergency, students may request to use the school office telephone.
Students will not be called at any time to answer telephone calls. Parents may leave a message with the school secretary.
• Lost and Found
Students are responsible for their books and belongings. The school office maintains a lost and found box. During Parent Conferences, the items will be on display for parents to identify and retrieve. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.
At Razi School, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities. Team sports, school clubs and organizations, holiday programs and activities, field trips, graduation and award programs and other ceremonies and programs are considered co-curricular activities for which students must meet the requirements to participate. Club offerings include: Student Council, National Honor Society, Debate Teams, Team Sports, Yearbook, Newspaper, Math and Science Clubs, and Drama Club. Participation in these activities is a student privilege, not a student right.
• Destination: College Program
The objective of this program is to give each student the information and guidance needed to make intelligent college and career choices. The program will also assist students and their families in the task of applying to colleges, requesting financial aid and applying for scholarships. The Destination: College Program will consist of Career and College Discovery and Preparation through student and parent workshops, guest speakers, college and workplace visits, career fairs, college fairs, and PSAT, SAT and AP preparation classes.
• Provided by Razi School
Transportation is provided for students at a minimal fee. If there is a delay in the payment of the fees, transportation may be discontinued until the fees are paid up-to-date. For the safety of those students who are using Razi School transportation, rules have been set. General school rules will also apply to the bus.
1. Be at your bus stop a few minutes prior to the scheduled time. The bus will not wait.
2. Your bus driver will assign a seat to you.
3. Obey the bus driver and sit only in your designated seat.
4. Walk as you get on and off the bus and do not push other students.
5. Take your seat immediately upon entering the bus and fasten the seat belt.
6. Keep the bus clean.
7. Stay in your seat and do not stand.
8. No bad language, misbehavior or joking in the bus.
9. You and your parents are responsible for any damage done to the bus by you.
10. You are allowed on the bus only if you wear the school uniform.
11. Limit to requirements as to what you carry to your school
12. The bus driver will report any wrongdoing to the school administration immediately.
The following procedure will be followed should any student break these rules:
- First Offense Warning to parents
- Second Offense No bus service for three days
- Third Offense No bus service for one week
- Fourth Offense Bus service canceled
Razi School reserves the right to discontinue transportation service to any student who exhibits severe or repetitive disruptive behavior on the bus.
•Provided by NYC Board of Education
Razi School is authorized to issue Metro Cards to eligible students to be used for school transportation. Interested students should apply at the school office.
Yellow School Bus
Students in Kindergarten through 6th grade may be eligible for school bus service if they live within one to five miles from the school. Interested parents should apply at the school office. Before applying, parents should be aware that the bus may be shared with students from other schools, pick-up points are established, and students will be dropped off only at the scheduled stop.
TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Students are required to bring basic writing material and required school supplies. Teachers usually send home a list of supplies needed during the first week of school.
Razi School requires that all Kindergarten through 8th grade students pay a yearly book fee. This is not for the complete purchase of the books; it is only a partial payment to ease the expenses of the school. Issued textbooks should be covered with book covers and properly maintained. Students are fully responsible for all textbooks, workbooks and other supplies issued to them by the school.
High School students from 9th through 12th grade pay a higher fee for books enabling them to keep some textbooks. This makes it possible for teachers to use the newest curriculum material available. The students will also build a personal academic library which can be used for future references.
If a student loses or damages any school material such as textbooks, workbooks, library books, equipment, etc., the parents are fully responsible for replacement/repair. The school will bill the parent for the replacement/repair of the item and any shipping costs that may occur. In the event that a parent fails to pay for the replacement/repair, the school will not give the student his report card, and not transfer any records of the student in the event of a school transfer until all balances on the student's record have been paid in full.
Students are invited to attend various educational field trips throughout the school year. Permission slips are sent home with each child when plans for field trips are made. Parents must sign and return these slips promptly. Students will not be allowed to attend the field trip without permission slips signed by parents. When applicable, there will be a fee for transportation and/or admission.
Parents are often needed to assist in chaperoning the students during trips. If you are available, kindly notify your child’s teacher. As a rule, parents with infants or toddlers are not permitted to chaperone students.
TUITION AND FEES
It is not among the objectives of Razi School to achieve financial gain. Nevertheless since there are substantial costs involved in operating the school we must require each student to pay tuition and certain fees. This covers only a portion of the actual cost of each student.