Our Story

Excellent education in an Islamic environment.


In 2004, Dr. Hytham Rifai the founder, and a group of friends joined to form an independent school that would provide a safe, nurturing environment for the children in the community. Avicenna Academy’s mission is to focus on the three fundamental principles of faith, character, and scholarship which became the means to supporting each student’s education in Avicenna.


Inspired by the group of doctors who formed the idea of an Islamic school, Avicenna Academy was named after Ibn Sina ابن سينا (980-1037 C.E.), a physician, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer in the eleventh century. Ibn Sina has been described as the “doctor of doctors”, a “giant among giants”, and a “master of philosophy”. He was also credited with memorizing the Quran by the age of ten and authoring his first book by the age of 21. His most famous work, the Al-Qanun book كتاب القانون, has been one of the most influential and widely used medical science books in the west. Avicenna, the Latin version of his name, was chosen as the name for our school because of his devout faith, strong character and dedication to scholarship.


The original building of the school was in the old mosque in Northwest Indiana Islamic Center. It was remodeled to a school by builder Jim Maciejewski and Architect Tom Kuhon. In the following year, Avicenna opened its door to 21 students from preschool up to 2nd grade.


In 2007 Avicenna expanded by adding a second building with more classrooms up to sixth grade. Since then, a library, media center, and playground have been added to the campus. During the 2010-2011 school year the school expanded from early education and elementary school to middle school as well.  Avicenna tripled in size since it opened its doors in 2004.  We currently serve student in pre-school through grade eight.

We are proud to say that Avicenna Academy is accredited with the state of Indiana and the global accrediting body, Cognia, and the On Myway PreK program.


The first graduating students from eighth grade were Heba Abuzer, Amalia Hoskin, and Jenna Rifai who graduated from Avicenna Academy in 2013.

First Avicenna Graduates