Our Story

We are a KG to Grade 6 alternative program in Edmonton Public Schools.

Our journey began in 2007 when MEF approached Edmonton Public Schools to explore learning options for Muslim homeschoolers. We collaborated with an eight-week program entitled “Doorways to Islamic Civilization”, which was warmly welcomed and well attended 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.