Averroes High school was founded in 2010 by a a group of educators eager to provide a strong option for the Muslim youth in the Bay Area. These Muslim educators joined together their classical teaching knowledge with their modern teaching skills along with a constant lens or morality and hope in supporting students for success. It is our goal to support our students with a strong sense of identity and clarity of vision.
“The most important process of identity development takes place during adolescence.”
– Erik Homburger Erikson
We believe that spiritual maturation translates into both academic and social success. Our goal is to help young adults comfortably transition into adulthood with a clear sense of self through knowledge, experience, direction, respect, and support. The school is named in honor of Ibn Rushd, the famed philosopher known to the West as Averroes (1126-1198). Referred to as “The Great Commentator” by St. Thomas Aquinas for his authoritative study of Aristotle, Averroes was a trained master in areas of logic, law, medicine, astronomy, geography, music theory, mathematics, and more, and his work is cited in some of the West’s most definitive scholarship.
Averroes High School serves a need. The teen years are the most formative years of an individual’s life; a period of intellectual and moral growth. It is during this time most young adults grapple with identity issues, peer pressure, bullying, depression and so on. Without strong role models or a force of spirituality, it is dangerously easy for the average teen to spiral downwards. But with proper guidance and direction, they begin choosing for themselves. Our goal is to provide a space that not only focuses on academic discipline, but prepares students for life.