First Arabic Public School Opens in New York City

September 6, 2007

Despite the controversy surrounding the Khalil Gibran International Academy, the new school opened its doors on Tuesday, September 4th in Brooklyn, New York.

Supporters, police and media outlets were in hand to welcome the school’s first class, while a small group of critics voiced their concerned at City Hall.

The school, which serves sixth to ninth graders, will, for the most part, follow the same curriculum as other public schools. In addition, the students at Khalil Gibran will take a compulsory Arabic course and another one in Arab culture.


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