We are a KG to Grade 6 alternative program in Edmonton Public Schools.
In 2007, we started with an onsite enrichment program for homeschoolers at the Argyll Centre for Home Education. Interest kept growing for a full-time program. Then Sakinah Circle ran as a pilot program for two years while curriculum documents and the details of an alternative program were developed. On March 23, 2010, the Board of Trustees of Edmonton Public schools accepted the recommendation that Sakinah Circle be an approved alternative program for Kindergarten to Grade 6. Since then, Sakinah Circle has been an alternative program at Grace Martin School in southeast Edmonton.
We teach the Alberta Program of Study with a Qur’anic worldview. This means that Islamic concepts and Qur’anic content are integrated into the curriculum. We have a thematic approach to connect learning experiences in all subject areas and across grade levels. Being nature-focused, historically-rooted, and service-oriented are our three pedagogical pillars.
Concentric Circles, Nurturing Awe and Wonder in Early Learning, A Foundational Approach is our foundational text, providing the pedagogical framework rooted in the Qur’anic worldview.