History

Children sit and eat popsicles at recess

Three decades of quality, Islamic-focused education

Crescent Academy International was founded in 1991 by the Michigan Education Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the educational and spiritual needs of Muslim children in America. 

Energized by the vision of a small group of Muslim leaders, plans began in 1989 to establish Crescent Academy as an independent Islamic school open to students of all cultures and backgrounds. After several years of planning and development, the school opened in September 1991 and shortly thereafter moved into a new $2.4 million facility on a picturesque 10-acre site in the quiet suburban setting of Canton, Michigan.

Over the years, Crescent Academy has been blessed with steady growth and progress. Both locally and nationally, Crescent Academy has developed a reputation as one of the premier Islamic schools in North America.

With support from a broad community of leaders, parents, alumni and other friends, the school in 2007 completed a $9 million expansion project that provided an additional 68,000 square feet of learning space for students and staff.  Additional property has since been acquired for future expansion.

Currently enrolling students from age 18 months to eighth grade, the school continues to follow the vision of its founders to develop each student as a total person – spiritually, morally, intellectually, physically, interpersonally, culturally and socially.  Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2021, Crescent Academy looks forward to many years of continued development and success.

From the Ground Up

Parents and students review construction plans during a fundraising event

Michigan Education Council contracted prominent architectural firm TMP Associates to design the school facility. Parents and students review construction plans during a fundraising event.

Parents and students stand with a display showcasing construction plans for the new school

Parents and students stand with a display showcasing construction plans for the new school

The school is designed to operate as a full-time Islamic school for 450-500 students

The school is designed to operate as a full-time Islamic school for 450-500 students

Among the educational objectives of MEC and Crescent is to develop in Muslim children a strong sense of Islamic identity

Among the educational objectives of MEC and Crescent is to develop in Muslim children a strong sense of Islamic identity, an understanding of the Islamic world view and pride in their Islamic heritage

Walls of the Crescent Academy International educational building are erected

Walls of the Crescent Academy International educational building are erected

The site was selected for its central location and capability to serve families from the Greater Detroit area

The site was carefully selected for its central location and capability to serve families from various parts of the Greater Detroit area, including Canton, Dearborn, Livonia, Northville, Westland, Brownstown, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit

Walls of the Crescent Academy International educational building are erected

Walls of the Crescent Academy International educational building are erected

Construction of the 55,000 square foot facility with plans for classrooms, prayer hall, gymnasium, cafeteria and more

Construction of the 55,000 square foot facility with plans for classrooms, prayer hall, gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, science and language labs, offices and other educational facilities

Construction of the Crescent Academy International Phase 1 project 

Construction of the Crescent Academy International Phase 1 project 

The first walls of the Crescent Academy International educational building are erected

The first walls of the Crescent Academy International educational building are erected

Workers lay the foundation of the Crescent Academy International educational building

Workers lay the foundation of the Crescent Academy International educational building

Inna lillahi wa inna illayhi rajiyoon
"Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return"

Qur'an 2:156

Crescent Academy International Founder Br. Dawud At-Tauhidi with students

Br. Dawud At-Tauhidi
1951-2010

Beloved Father, Visionary Founder, Trustee Director, Teacher and Friend

We pray Allah (swt) shower His mercy and love upon you, and grant you the highest honor in paradise. May Allah preserve you in His goodness and grace through your lineage and your lifework, Crescent Academy International and The Tarbiyah Project©,  Ameen.