Welcome to NGS, a comprehensive educational experience that cultivates, nurtures, and combines academic excellence
with Islamic values, provides a comprehensive Arabic language program, and fosters civic responsibility to develop
successful and contributing members of a global society.
Next Generation School's educational model is built upon the Six Cs of Success. They are the founding principles that pave the path and provide inspiration in our journey to cultivate the finest human talent. The Six Cs are the heart of Next Generation School's educational framework that brings together dynamic leadership, a compelling curriculum, engaging instruction, continuous improvement, and a positive school culture.
"Each of us has a unique disposition and purpose. As educators, our job is to help all students learn how to use the tools of literacy, inquiry, and critical thinking to discover their unique capabilities and to appreciate those of others to make meaning of the world in which they live and to discover worlds beyond that with which they are familiar. One of my primary responsibilities as an Educational Leader is to construct a school environment that supports the accomplishment of these goals." Dr. Sheryl S. AbukarMore About The Principal
With over twenty years of experience in the American educational system, Dr. Sheryl Steinberg Abukar obtained her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego and was the founding principal of the Islamic School of San Diego. She worked for 10 years in San Diego Unified School District. She later helped establish Iftin Charter School and served as its founding principal. Seven years ago, Dr. Sheryl returned to the Islamic School of San Diego and resumed her successful role as the principal of ISSD.
Dr. Sheryl has given conference presentations at American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and the Yale Bouchet Diversity in Graduate Education Conference. Moreover, she is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
As an instructional leader, she has emphasized building school culture, incorporating the Islamic Studies curriculum into core subjects, the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), data informed decision-making, and distributed leadership. Dr. Sheryl has also done extensive work with the Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS-WASC). Through her various roles as a WASC team member, consultant, and coordinator, she has facilitated the accreditation of several schools. In addition, she was appointed by ASC-WASC to serve on several Visiting Committee teams that evaluated other schools undergoing the WASC self-study process.
Throughout my career, I have carried the torch of responsibility for promoting the self worth, growth, and dignity of all children. My years of teaching and administrative experience in private, public, and independent study school environments have been dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students. My mission is to empower this community by creating a school culture that ensures the development of students core academic knowledge, 21st Century skills, cultural values, and character. This involves providing students with daily exposure to collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and a community focused on connecting minds and developing socially responsible citizens.
The purpose of education is to foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas between individuals; to develop individuals inherent strengths, skills, values, and interests; to promote understanding of oneself and others; and to prepare individuals to be responsible adults who make positive contributions to society. Schools in general and the learning environment specifically, play a huge role in determining students' academic achievement, self-esteem, moral development, and ultimate socio-economic status.Read Less