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Congratulations Universal School ACES 2024 Winners!

Students Facing the Challenge

وفي ذلك فليتنافس المتنافسون

And for this let (all) those strive who want to strive (i.e. hasten earnestly to the obedience of Allah).

ACES (Academic challenge at Eastern Illinois University) known before as WYSE, (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) is a competition that tests the knowledge of students in several subject areas, such as Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, English, Biology, Computer Fundamentals and Engineering Graphics. There are three stages of the competition, the regional, the sectional, and the state level. If a team, which must include fourteen participants, finishes first or second out of all competing teams at their designated testing site, they move on to the next level.

Varsity Team: Adam Elhaje, Ayah Kabbani, Omar Khudeira, Ahmad Kabbani, Zahra Rahman, Omar Jadalla, Saeed Hamayel, Rehanaat Amoranbini, Sabreen Hamayel, Ayesha Tabriz, Khamis Akel, Hiba Tariq, Hana Shalabi, Saad Odeh, Taha Hashim, and Hadi Dissi

JV team: Kenaan Almasri, Areeha Saifullah, Janna Hilal, Kenda Mishal, Ammar Khalil, and Safia Yusuf

On February 12, 2024, a team of selected students competed in the regional ACES of 2024. Alhamdulillah, our team ranked First place in division 300 with exceptional scores. The team advanced to the sectional stage. The following students ranked in their respective subjects at regionals.

Adam Elhaje: 1st Math, 1st Chemistry
Ayah Kabbani: 1st English, 2nd Math
Omar Khudeira: 1st Physics
Ahmad Kabbani: 1st Engineering Graphics
Zahra Rahman: 2nd English, 3rd Bio
Omar Jadallah: 2nd Chemistry, 3rd Computer Science
Saeed Hamayel: 2nd Physics
Rehanaat Amoranbini: 2nd Engineering Graphics
Sabreen Hamayel: 3rd Math, 3rd Physics
Ayesha Tabriz: 3rd English
Khamis Akel: 3rd Biology
Hiba Tariq: 3rd Engineering Graphics

On March 11, the team competed in the ACES sectional competition. As a team, Universal School placed 1st . The team advanced to the state finals

The following students ranked in their respective subjects at Sectionals.

Adam Elhaje: 1st Chemistry and 1st Mathematics
Omar Jadallah: 1st Computer Science and 2nd Chemistry
Ayah Kabbani: 1st English and 2nd Mathematics
Saeed Hamayel: 1st Physics and 3rd Biology
Khamis Akel: 1st Biology
Hana Shalabi: 1st Engineering Graphics
Zahra Rahman: 2nd English
Ayesha Tabriz: 2nd Engineering Graphics
Ahmad Kabbani: 2nd Engineering Graphics
Saad Odeh: 2nd Physics
Sabreen Hamayel: 3rd Mathematics
Omar Khudeira: 3rd Physics
Taha Hashim: 3rd English

On April 9, the team competed in the ACES State Finals competition. As a team, Universal School placed 1st in division 300.  A very dedicated and determined team, who studied, practiced and motivated each other to win first place accomplished that again like for the sixth year in row. Individual Winners at states:

Adam Elhaje: 1st Chemistry and 1st Math
Ayah Kabbani: 1st English and 3rd Math
Sabreen Hamayel: 1st Physics and 4th Math
Ayesha Tabriz: 2nd Biology
Saeed Hamayel: 3rd Biology and 5th Physics
Ahmad Kabbani: 3rd English
Omar Jadalla: 4th Chemistry
Omar Khudeira: 4th Physics

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May Events at Universal School 

    • May. 1-10, 2024 – Spring MAP Testing
    • May. 6-10, 2024 – AP Exams
    • May. 15, 2024 – Last Day of School for 8th & 12th
    • May. 24, 2024 – Last Day of school for KG, 1st-7th, and 10th-11th
    • May. 28, 2024 – KG Graduation
    • June 1, 2024 – 8th & 12th Graduation

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Welcome to Universal School
Universal School provides classes from preschool through 12th grade. During the last school year, there were nearly 700 students in our preschool, elementary, middle and high schools.


To prepare our students to be global citizens who possess innovative and creative capabilities for achievement, through a partnership between home and school that promotes Islamic values, respect, and tolerance.


To provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating Islamic learning environment that enables students to achieve their maximum educational potential and prepare them for their future roles in society as responsible citizens.


Universal School’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that education is a process which encompasses all the experiences students encounter in their school. Classroom instruction is only one small aspect of a child’s educational experience. It is also rooted in the belief that students learn from the behavior and actions of the adults around them more than they learn from books. Finally, it is rooted in the belief that children’s knowledge and pride in their religion and heritage is key to their well-being and success in the world. As such, the board of directors has strived to ensure that the administration and the teaching staff are qualified educators, who themselves are observant of Islamic values in their own lives.

It is fruitless in education to ask children to adhere to anything unless role models exist around them, showing not only that adherence to these ideals is possible, but also that direction, stability, peace, and happiness cannot be achieved otherwise. Universal School believes that being a Muslim is synonymous with excellence in every area. To that end, academic excellence is expected and pursued as part of our religious duties. Our effort to establish an Islamic ethos in the school does not interfere with the establishment of a challenging academic program. In fact, both efforts must go hand-in-hand for us to be able to claim that ours is a model Islamic school.

The following are school-wide objectives that we continuously strive to achieve with our students:

  1. To teach our students to strive for excellence in all they do.
  2. To teach a love for Islam by example and through Islamic and Quranic studies.
  3. To teach the practice of Islam by demonstration.
  4. To teach our students to the level necessary for worldly success.
  5. To teach our students social awareness and responsibility through involvement in community causes.
  6. To educate the whole child, physically, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally.
  7. To teach the concept of faith with action through the example of our staff and administration.
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