In March 1995 the "Full-Time School Committee" was formed for the purpose of establishing a year-round, full-time Islamic school. As work progressed, the Islamic Education Board was formed, chaired by Maulana Mohammad Nasser Biria.
A year later, the school opened its doors on January 9th, 1996 with a center-based environment prepared for 3-6 year olds. By August of that year, the school was ready to accept all elementary grade students. In 2001, after extensive renovations, the school added middle and high school classrooms, two science labs, a computer lab, a cafeteria and an auditorium. The school continued to add grades each year until AHS graduated its first class of High School Seniors in 2003.
At the other end of the spectrum, the preschool added the Toddler classroom for children as young as 18 months in 2002, bringing the number of preschool classrooms to four. The preschool playground was modified to accommodate the needs of these youngest students.
Over the years, the school has added to facilities and programs in various departments. The ESL program was introduced in 2001 to cater to LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students. Boys and girls classes were offered separately for grades 7 through 11 beginning in 2006. The Physical Education department has added a basketball court, a small soccer field and preschool and elementary playground equipment over the years, to provide increased opportunities for outdoor activity for students. The hot lunch program was introduced in 1999.
In the area of extracurricular activities, the school began to compete in the annual SIM City Competition (part of the National Engineers Week program) in 1999, when the winning AHS team advanced to the National Competition in Washington, DC. The school has also competed in academic contests through the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) since 2003, and has placed 1st in both elementary and middle school divisions within its district over the last two years.
Al-Hadi School passed a major milestone in 2001 when it was awarded accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (www.sacscasi.org). Six years later, in May 2007, the school was recognized as an “Exemplary School” based on the periodic Quality Review required by the association.