003 – We are looking for a few “Goats” not many “Sheep”
The GreenStairs Islamic Leadership Academy (GISLA) is looking for a FEW GOATS (Leaders) to APPLY to JOIN THE GISLA CLASS OF 2013. We are not looking for SHEEP
WE CHALLENGE YOU TO APPLY AND PROVE TO YOURSELF THAT YOU CAN SURVIVE THE FULL 3 YEARS WITH US
WE NEED ONLY TEN HIGH SCHOOL and one or two College STUDENTS …..(Please read on and see if this applies to you or your family member..)
WE NEED A FEW students WHO WANT TO STUDY AT HARVARD or other good colleges such as UPenn, Princeton, Stanford and more
WE NEED A FEW students WHO WANT TO BE LEADERS & BECOME AN EXAMPLES OF A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A MUSLIM
WE NEED A FEW Students WHO TO BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AMONGST THE BEST IN WHATEVER THEY DO
We WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN YOUR POTENTIAL
We call this the GISLA INITIATIVE
This initiative is managed by a by an attorney who is a graduate of Harvard and Georgetown (we invite other IVY League graduates to assist with this initiative – Our program is now in its 22ns year (as of 2019 give or take..)
This program is designed for the American Muslim Teenager and College Student who has very high potential/goals and who needs a little help achieving them.
We will also ensure that all our graduates are proficient with the Core/Basic Set of Islamic beliefs, skills, practices, rituals and values.
We focus on developing students who are in or want to want to apply to IVY league schools and who want to be Leaders and Achievers and who want to hold onto Islamic Values and precepts.
This program emphasizes the benefits/requirements, values/merits/etc. of being a leader
This program also emphasizes the need to hold onto Divine Universal Values
This program is conducted in an Islamic Sunday School Setting and uses the Quran as the primary source for Guidance
This program emphasizes quality not quantity and requires students to know the meaning in English of anything you memorize in Arabic.
This Program employs tools such as push ups, penalties, movies (Moozlim, Four Muslims, Allah Made me Funny), pizza and more as both rewards and disciplining tools.
We have an extensive Islamic Library in English which students are expected to take advantage of.
This program uses guest speakers to motivate students whenever possible. (Please contact us if you feel you can help in this regard.)
This program visits with Churches, Temples, Synagogues and other places of interest as part of the curriculum.
(This Academy is NOT a traditional Islamic Sunday School. We do not teach Arabic nor does we teach students how to read the Quran in Arabic. All our seminars are conducted in English. )
IN SUMMARY: The GISLA INITIATIVE attempts to develop leadership skills in it’s students AND it emphasizes MASTERY of the Islamic Skill set needed to practice Prescribed Rituals AND it constantly emphasizes the need to uphold Divine Quranic Value with Belief and Sincerity.
WE WANT OUR GRADUATES TO KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE THE GUARDIANS OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS (KHALIFAS)
The Minimum GPA to enter this program is 3.3 – The preferred GPA is 3.6 or above. (We will make exceptions on a case by case basis). We have two semesters and we follow the FCPS schedule but we do not take any breaks except in the last two weeks of the summer .
Former and current students are now at VCU, UPenn, TJHSST, Northwestern,UVA, GMU and more
We register the parent not the child. Parental Participation is almost mandatory as they keep costs down by routinely assisting with admin, clerical, run errands, carpooling and other teaching assistant duties as well as sit and listen to what their children are being taught.
The size of the incoming class is limited to around 15 students.
Please apply now…The class fee for paying families is set at around suggested Fee is $15-$25 per hour of class – the first 6 weeks are free if you need a price break. After that fees are waived based on progress. ANY absence incurs a minimum $20 absent fee. There are book fees of aroun $100 per semester. Sponsors are welcome
We meet on Sundays from 9.30 to 1.45 (and typically stay on longer) at the ICNVT campus in Fairfax VA.
THE GISLA PROGRAM IS INDEPENDENT OF ICNVT BUT LEASES ICNVT SPACE (We are working on going online and nationwide ASAP.)
Admission to this program is by application and by invitation – Admitted students who under-perform are removed from the program as quickly as possible.
Students are requested to email our Director at email@example.com for instructions on how to submit their resume and application materials and how to set up and prepare for the admissions interview.
(N.B. when you apply, please do not ask for answers to any questions you may have that have already been answered in this email)
Many past and existing parent as well as student testimonials available