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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 655 students
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
655 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Universal School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
23 students
Number of AP Courses
6 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computers, AP English, AP Physics, AP U.S. History
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(High School Boys: Solid navy or black pleated, Solid white w/collar & buttons; or solid white or maroon polo )

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Hanan Abdallah, Principal
Admissions Associate
Mrs. Murrar, Assista Principal


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 655 students
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 23 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Cook County, IL is $9,458 for elementary schools and $16,125 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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