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Al-Bashaer Saturday School 
Institution name: Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
Address: 100 Malcom X Blvd.
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Telephone: (617) 427-2636
Fax: 617249035
Web address: http://isbcc.org/albashaer/
Name: Hanan Khashaba
Title: Principal
Address: 100 Malcom X Blvd.
Roxbury CrossingMA  02120
Email: hanan614@yahoo.com
Telephone: (617) 427-2636
Purposes and goals of the program:
This Saturday school offers classes for K-8th grade heritage speakers that focus on Arabic, Islamic studies, and Quaran studies.  Children with all levels of Arabic proficiency are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Program origin:
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) is an expansion of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB).  In November 2002, the ISB broke ground in Roxbury at an onsite ceremony attended by government leaders such as U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano, and religious leaders such as Bishop Filipe Teixeira of the Catholic Church of the Americas, and Imam Talal Eid, then representing the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon, Massachusetts.

The Al-Bashaer Saturday School was established in 1998.
Program funding:
Languages/dialects taught:
  • Arabic
  • Program type:  Community-Based
    Average enrollment:
    Total contact hours per week: 4
    Times per week classes meet: 1
    When meetings take place:
    Saturdays 10am-2pm
    Where meetings take place:
    Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
    Parents' or guardians' expectations of the program:
    Parents' or guardians' involvement in the program:
    Parents' workshops are occasionally held outside of the classroom.
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    Number of instructors in the program
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    Languages in which instructors are proficient:
    English, Arabic
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    (e.g., diploma, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificate):

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    Students' expectations of the program:
    The Saturday school is open to students ages 5-15
    Student background
    First-generation immigrants:
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    Children of interethnic marriages:
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    How the program identifies heritage language speakers:
    Children who attend the school have a religious motive to study the Arabic language.
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    Approximate percentage of students who continue to study the heritage language after completing the program:
    Possible reasons that students continue to study the heritage language after completing the program:
    Religious reasons/ Quaran scripture reading
    Total contact hours per week: 4
    Times per week: 1
    Student grouping (e.g., proficiency level, grade, age):
    Language skills taught in the program (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, and listening):
    Arabic, Islamic studies, and Quaran studies
    Aspects of culture included in the program (e.g., history, literature, traditions):
    Islamic identity and scripture reading
    Other content taught in the program:
    Arabic spelling bees, parents’ workshops, young girls Friday halaqa, and field trips to locations around Greater Boston.
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    Connections with local schools or other organizations:
    The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB)
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    Types of support received (e.g., financial, time from parents or volunteers):
    Volunteers assist the school and other facets of the Cultural Center by working at registration tables, helping with moving and cleaning, fundraising, and distributing posters.
    Additional support desired:
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