We empower our community with knowledge, spirit and service.

Arizona Cultural Academy is a Cognia accredited, full-time private Islamic school offering a comprehensive curriculum within an Islamic ethos.

Founded in 1996, we are the only K-12 Islamic school in Arizona, serving a diverse student population. We seek to empower students with knowledge, confidence, and a desire to serve the community at large. ACA is also ranked the third best private K-12 school in Arizona by Niche.

“My Lord, increase me in knowledge”

"وَقُلْ رَبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْما"

Why Islamic Schools?

Full-time Islamic schools in America, represents a shift towards a more comprehensive approach to education through the preservation of Islamic identity and Muslim heritage as part of its curriculum. The mission of a full-time Islamic school is to find balance through a defensive and proactive approach to education and character development.

Our Commitment To Success

ACA started in 1996 and was founded by parents and community members who wanted an alternative to public school for their children. We are accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvanceED) from 2012 to 2023.

100% college acceptance ratings from the college of choice

Selected graduates were accepted into ASU’s Barrett Honors College

ACA graduates were awarded scholarships to complete their degree

100% high school graduation rate. Over 158 successful alumni since 2006

Steady growth in enrollment since ACA’s inception in 1996

Need Enrollment Assistance?

Current parents who would like to enroll new students/siblings, please contact the Registrar’s Office at: 

(602) 454-1222, Ext: 102 



Great school with even greater teachers. Every teacher we have had for our sons has been so caring and loving. The early-childhood program is especially strong with a montessori like environment and exposure to different languages. The facility is awesome too with a clean, huge gym. So far, we have been very happy with our experience.

Nadia El-Hillal

My name is imam Nageye Ahmed Nadir. my experience with Arizona Cultural Academy was nothing but outstanding. In 2017, I enrolled one of my children in ACA, and I was so pleased that now three of them are attending the school. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested in an Islamic/private school that has high academic standards. It is located in a nice and safe place, additionally, the security is quite tight. Not to mention, it ranked 3rd as the best private K-12 school in this school year.

Nageye Nadir

ACA is my alma mater (of three years prior) and I’m proud to say it aH. 🙂 the community has always been mA very close and loving, and the staff are amazing people mA. my little sister is continuing at ACA and I really appreciate how they’re always striving on how to improve their already wonderful Islamic environment for the children. mA the masjid, the athan and morning duas are aspects we take for granted; afterwards you realize how lucky it was to have grown up in a school like this!

S. Deenah

I graduated from here in 2009. I attended this school from its opening in 2001 (my 5th Grade) till graduation. It is a great school and helps prepare students for a higher education. They have improved and grown since I graduated and continue to do so. If you want your children to receive a great education as well as be educated in Islamic Studies, Quran, and Arabic, this is the school for them. It is from Montessori all the way till 12th Grade. They also have a great weekend school that takes place on the campus for those who wish to keep their children in the public school but what them to learn Arabic, Quran and Islamic Studies.

Ebtisam El-Sharkawy

A wonderful, safe, and Islamic environment. Our boys can’t wait for school to start up again!

Yaser Ali

I love this school. They have the best teacher. High academy. It is one great ahead from my district. My son loves this school and he gained good behavior and better abdication.

Maymuun Ahmed

Our Campus

An Islamic private school, founded in 1996 by parents and community members with a vision and need for an alternative to public school. We strive to provide excellence in academic, religious, and character education.

Meet our Principal

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to work alongside such a wonderful faculty, staff, students, and parents that make up the ACA community. Our school is most certainly a unique and special place – a true Islamic and academic community made better by all those who are involved.”

Dr. Christine McGee – School Principal

Make a Donation

Donations are a fundamental part of our growth. We are grateful to all of our donors for keeping our facility and teaching materials up to date.


Newsletter & Announcements

2023 Umrah Trip

December 27, 2022

Jazakum Allah Kheir for your interest & support in the ACA Umrah. We have reached capacity and registration for the ACA Umrah has CLOSED.

A waitlist has been created for those interested in joining the ACA Umrah. If you would like to join the wait list, please email the Umrah committee at ACAUMRAHTRIP@GMAIL.COM with your full name and grade level /affiliation with ACA and you will be added to the wait list.

Arizona School Choice Week 2023

December 27, 2022

National School Choice Week (NSCW) informs, inspires, and empowers parents to discover the K-12 education options available for their children, including traditional public, charter, magnet, online, private, and homeschooling.

Every January, tens of thousands of schools, organizations, and individuals plan unique events and activities to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options in their communities. The Week is a project of the nonpartisan, nonpolitical National School Choice Awareness Foundation.

Scholastic Book Fair

December 29, 2022

Held on February 27th to March 3rd, 2023.

National Teacher Appreciation Week

January 10, 2023

We are saying ‘thank you’ this week, and throughout the year, to the extraordinary educators who have worked tirelessly with students and families.

May 8 – 12, 2023

Arabic Spelling Bee Winners (Elementary)

January 12, 2023

C0ngratulations to all participants and winners! We are proud of you!

Grade 1

1st place – Yahya Ali

2nd place – Khadijah Abas

3rd place -Lola Qudeif


Grade 2

1st place – Sulaiman Namr

2nd place – Jenna Alasfar

3rd place – Suleiman Khan


Grade 3

1st place – Khadija Qazi

2nd place – Yusuf Ali

3rd place – Khaled Ali


Grade 4

1st place – Lujane Abdelsalam

2nd place – Toufiq Ahmed

3rd place – Fatima Chowdury

January Newsletter

January 29, 2023

Click here to read this month’s publication!

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