Enrollment in Muslim Schools Surges in Dearborn

March 14, 2005

Source: The Detroit News


On March 14, 2005 The Detroit News reported, "enrollments at Islamic schools in Metro Detroit and Michigan are booming. Parents say they are attracted by the discipline, the values-based religious instruction and the stress on academic achievement that includes individual attention and smaller class sizes. The local communities of Arab and south Asian descent -- which comprise most of the estimated 125,000 to 200,000 Muslims in the area -- have grown to the point that they can financially support the growth of the 11 Islamic schools in Metro Detroit. Some Muslim parents and students say that they prefer the more worldly aspects of a public school education. But more are choosing Islamic schools for at least part of their children's schooling, which is leading to increased enrollments but not more schools."