We are a KG to Grade 6 alternative program in Edmonton Public Schools.
Our journey began with the publication of Concentric Circles: Nurturing Awe and Wonder in Early Childhood: A Foundational Approach in 2006 by the Muslim Education Foundation (MEF). In 2007 MEF approached the Edmonton Public Schools to explore options for including this approach to learning in their programs. An exploratory eight-week enrichment program, entitled “Doorways to Islamic Civilization” was warmly welcomed by the Muslim community. This led to an on-site enrichment program at Argyll Center for Home Education, followed by a two-year pilot program. On March 23, 2010, the Board of Trustees approved Sakinah Circle as a KG – Gr. 6 alternative program in EPS. Sakinah Circle started at Grace Martin School in the 2010-2011 school year.
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.