ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan Islamic Academy will add eight new classrooms and a gymnasium in a $1.8 million construction program, according to The private K-12 school currently enrolls approximately 200 students, the report said.

The Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor has completed one capital campaign to fund the improvements and another is planned, reported. The new building, scheduled to open in fall of 2011, will replace eight temporary classrooms being rented in area office buildings.

"Everyone is very happy with the plans," Tarek Nahlawi, a member of the school board, told "It will allow for a much better flow for the students and a nicer environment."

The community is hoping the new facility will attract more families to the school from the local area, according to

SOURCE:, "Michigan Islamic Academy planning major expansion," July 24, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Adding private schools to the school choice debate," June 7, 2010