During the month of Ramadan in 1989, a handful of community members decided to open an Islamic school for the Muslim community of Tulsa. The incorporation papers and non-profit 5013-C status followed. Peace Academy opened its doors as Peace Elementary in 1990 and rented its facility from the Tulsa Public Schools. In 1998, the school had grown to include middle school, and the name was changed to Peace Academy so that all levels of education could be included. In 1997, Peace Academy bought its building and grounds from Tulsa Public Schools and a new mosque was erected next door for worship. The school then underwent extensive renovations for the safety and comfort of our students. In May of 2005, Peace Academy witnessed its first graduating class. Since then, we have graduated ten classes. In 2009, we earned regional accreditation by the largest accrediting body in the world, AdvancEd. We have been engaged in a process of systematic continuous improvement ever since. Finally, we are proud to see the majority of our alumni returning to our school as volunteers, employees, and helpers in continuing the legacy of Peace Academy.
Peace Academy is a full-time (special purpose/non-public) private Islamic school. It is located in mid Tulsa and services a diverse population that commutes from many different areas both in and outside of the city. Our student body is made of mostly first generation Americans with immigrant parents from different parts of the world including Africa, Indonesia, the Middle East, Mexico, and South Asia. The projected 2016-2017 enrollment of students is 221. Of the 221 projected students, 123 are girls, and 98 are boys.
Peace Academy is located at 4620 S. Irvington Ave. Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135. Currently our school building offers 36,000 interior square feet and is positioned on 10.2 acres. The property houses both the school as well as the Islamic Society of Tulsa. Ample parking is available. It provides a spacious playing field and two playground areas. It is a corner lot on Irvington Ave. and 46th Street South. The property and all its holdings are owned outright without mortgage or liens.
Peace Academy staff consists of 35 full-time or part-time employees.
- Twenty-one hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
- Six (6) have ten (10) years of teaching experience or more.
- 95% of our core teachers have obtained teacher certification through OKSDE.
- Four (4) are volunteer teachers.
Peace Academy Elementary and Middle School averaged in the 80th national percentile rank for the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills), which includes grades 1st through 8th. Our high school students averaged a 24.5 average composite score on the ACT during the 2015-2016 school year. Our school has also been recognized for having 6 National Merit Finalists since 2012.
Peace students have participated and achieved in local and regional Spelling Bees, Science Competitions (University of Tulsa), the INTEL Regional Science Fair, local soccer tournaments, Qur’anic recitation competitions, and community service (IST, Lemon Aid, the Tulsa Food Bank, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, local nursing homes, Adopt a Highway, and Red Cross Relief).
Colleges and Institutes attended by Peace Academy Students:
Out of 81 Alumni, 78 graduates have enrolled in 2 or 4 year degree programs.
The following is a list of colleges/universities attended by our alumni:
- DOW University of Health Sciences Medical School
- Florida State University
- Lock Haven University
- Newman University
- Northeastern State University
- Oklahoma City Community College
- Oklahoma State University
- OSU Medical School
- OU Medical School
- Scottsdale Culinary Institute, le Cordon Bleu
- Tulsa Community College
- Tulsa Technology Institute
- University of Chicago
- University of Oklahoma
- University of Texas, Dallas
- University of Tulsa
- Williams College
Scholarships awarded to Alumni:
- 6 National Merit Scholarships-Finalists
- 1 National Merit Scholarship-Commended
- RSU Men’s Soccer Scholarship
- TU Vision Scholarship
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
- Donald Ernest Merit Scholarship
- Transfer Connections Scholarship
- Who’s Who Scholarship
- TCC Honors Program Scholarship
Non-Discrimination Statement Peace Academy, in compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, does not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admission, financial aid, and educational services.