Universal School

From its inception, Universal School has been based on the belief that the Muslim child if he or she is to mature into a well-rounded, socially successful, spiritual, human being then he or she should be given the opportunity to freely explore the harmony between creation and the Creator with the guidance of dedicated Muslim teachers and administrators.
It is this balance of intellect and spirit that the Universal curriculum seeks to achieve, to educate our pupils in both the religious and the natural sciences and arts.
The Universal school board made its top priority to seek and hire qualified educators who demonstrate a commitment to the values and practice of Islam.
It is a pointless endeavor to educate children according to standards and values that are not adhered to by role models- in their lives, both at home and at school.
Universal School meets the crucial challenge of stimulating the minds of Muslim boys and girls, safeguarding their innocence in the midst of a society that in some areas has lost its moral compass, preserving the Islamic cultural heritage and practices of their fore bearers while preparing them for leadership roles in this society.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools
Religious AffiliationIslamic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1989

Student Body

Total Students655 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Universal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size23 students
Number of AP Courses6 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computers, AP English, AP Physics, AP U.S. History
Average ACT score35
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(High School Boys: Solid navy or black pleated, Solid white w/collar & buttons; or solid white or maroon polo )

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorHanan Abdallah, Principal
Admissions AssociateMrs. Murrar, Assista Principal


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Dawa Club, Drama Club, Robotic Club, Student Council

School Notes

  • FROM CRAYONS TO COLLEGE: Universal School provides classes from preschool through 12th grade. This school year, there are over 406 students in the preschool and elementary level and 250 in 8 th 12 th grades, totaling 656 students. The spacious 92,000 square foot modern facility allows a maximum of 1000 students. At the current rate of growth, we anticipate reaching this number in a few short years. We expanded our building in 2015 to meet the needs of our community. Universal`s expansion project has added over 20,000 square feet to the existing building; Educating the leaders of tomorrow and Insh-allah serving 1000 students within the next few years. Our graduates have been accepted into Harvard University, Yale University, M.I.T., Cornell University, Brown, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Washington St. Louis Medical Program, Wesleyan, University in Connecticut, I.I.T. Dual acceptance Medical, DePaul University, Loyola University Honors Program, University of Illinois at Chicago Honors Program, University of Illinois at Urbana, and other accredited institutions.
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