Alumni Spotlight: Yumna Khan, Class of 2005

Yumna Khan is an outgoing, creative producer and co-founder of Stranger Magic Productions! Khan is a member of New Horizon, Irvine’s class of 2005, and cites her experience at New Horizon for her attachment and love for the American Muslim community. “Without New Horizon, I don’t think I would be as proud to be an American Muslim as I am right now and to do something about it.”

Khan reflects back on her time at New Horizon as something she still holds dear today. “Big Rock Creek was my first time away from home and made me feel older, and so independent. I loved the pranks and the fun we had together. We still talk about our camping experience until now. My best friend is Janna Soliman, I met her when I was ten years old, and now she is a teacher at New Horizon!”

When asked about advice Khan would give to current students, she says to “enjoy your time here. When you leave New Horizon you will miss your surroundings. Everyone is family at the school. “

“New Horizon made me stand up for who I am. New Horizon helped me accept where I came from and prepared me to be proud of my faith. Of course we learned Islamic Studies and everything, but it was more than that. You are in a school and surrounded by everyone who believes in the same things you do. You can’t get that in a textbook. Being around so many people who believe in the same thing but come from different cultures, and traditions. We are still united and equal in the same.”

Khan graduated in 2015 from UCSD with a degree in Communications Studies. Since graduating from New Horizon, Khan has produced a film series called Unfair and Ugly and is currently fundraising to film the first season of her show. “The reason I’m going back into production and make content that is relatable is so that kids don’t grow up being embarrassed of where they come from. That is why we need media representation, so that more people can have the same name as someone on a show. To have a similarity with someone you are watching on TV. “

Khan has 8 days left to make her show a reality. “We need YOUR help to make this show a reality. If you want to see a show where someone looks like you & talks like you then now is your chance to make that happen. I need you all to take action by contributing with whatever you can & sharing this amongst your friends. Help us start this movement with MORE media representation. We need it more than ever right now.”

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Dr. Dina Eletreby Awarded Klingenstein Fellowship

We are happy to share that Dr. Dina Eletreby has been awarded a Klingenstein Fellowship to attend the 2017 Heads of Schools Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.  As one of only 20 Heads of School selected in the world, Dr. Eletreby now joins a distinguished group of School Heads as a Klingenstein Fellow selected from a highly competitive pool of national and international applicants.  The Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College develops and strengthens leadership among administrators in independent and international schools. The program cultivates administrators’ ambitions to make enduring differences in a rapidly-changing environment. The intensive program is a two-week, fully funded fellowship for heads of independent and international schools and offers a unique opportunity to renew vision, passion and energy for school leadership. Dr. Eletreby, when asked to submit a research focus on an educational issue of importance to New Horizon, submitted the following:

“As part of the Strategic Vision developed in 2011, New Horizon School, Irvine set an expansion goal that included purchase of an additional site to extend the school’s capacity and reach by accommodating students through 8th grade using a 2-campus model.  The current campus will transform into a Lower School Campus, serving grades Preschool through Third, and an Upper School Campus at the new site, serving grades Fourth through Eighth.  The Upper School Campus is set to open in Fall 2018 and will require careful consideration as New Horizon enters this crucial phase in its development.  Multiple research questions come to mind, including:  What other schools have a successful 2-campus model – split in this way or a similar way? What are the benefits and pitfalls of such a model?  What happens to school communities as a school grows? What should we be looking for in terms of resources and resource division between campuses with regards to operational realities? How will a change in campus location impact students with regards to performance and performance expectations – and similarly, how does a 2-campus model effect faculty satisfaction, performance, and retention?”

When asked what this means to her, Dr. Eletreby said, “I see this as another affirmation of New Horizon’s excellence, as an opportunity to bring the best educational and administrative practices back to our community, and as a chance to inform a national and international audience of educators about our incredible school.”




Meet our Intern, Sarah Tumiya


My name is Sarah Tumiya and I am in my sophomore year at the Stanford Online High School.

After moving from San Fransisco, I first joined New Horizon halfway through my kindergarten school year, and I graduated six and a half years later as a member of the Class of 2013. I will never forget the years I spent here. New Horizon is so much more than a school to me; it is my second home. It is a place where I can be who I am, an American Muslim, and be in an environment surrounded by people who are like me and understand who I am. Long after graduating from New Horizon, there are still many opportunities for alumni to connect with the school. The events and gatherings that New Horizon hold enforce the tightly-woven bonds between students, alumni, parents, and staff.

I chose to intern in the Advancement Office as a Marketing and Communications Intern and I’m excited to learn from this incredible experience and do my part to help further the New Horizon mission.
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Meet our Summer Intern, Aleena Karamally


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My name is Aleena Karamally and I’m a rising junior at University of California, San Diego double majoring in Communications and Human Development. On campus, I am the Managing Editor of a campus-wide news publication, as well as Captain of my school’s Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. I have a background in Journalism and Communications with experience in the field of education and a strong desire to improve the quality of life for underprivileged populations. Previously, I have interned at government and nonprofit agencies locally and internationally, working towards ensuring equal opportunity for all students.

Although I am not a New Horizon alum, I was introduced to New Horizon through my younger my brother and my family has become an active part of the New Horizon community. I chose to intern in the Advancement Office as a Marketing and Communications Intern because of the opportunity to learn more about both education and nonprofit work. I have seen firsthand through my family’s experiences and through the work I’ve completed so far the impact that a New Horizon education can have and look forward to continuing to learn from the incredible staff while working towards New Horizon’s inspiring mission.

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Meet our Summer Intern, Mariam Altoukhy

My name is Mariam Altoukhy and I am a second year student at the University of California, Irvine majoring in Business Administration.

I first joined New Horizon in 2002 and am a member of the Class of 2009. For most schools, a student comes and goes and it’s usually up to the student to stay in touch with the school after they have left. Yet, this is not the case when it comes to New Horizon. Even though my sister Sarah and I attended New Horizon for only a couple of years, we were constantly in contact and always invited to alumni events, Eid carnivals, and much more. The care and effort that New Horizon puts into staying in contact with its alumni is unmatched by any other school!

Eleven years after leaving New Horizon, the school still supports me to expand my horizon, providing me with opportunities that would benefit me in my future endeavors. This summer, I have had the pleasure of working in the Advancement Office as a Marketing and Communications Intern. Whether it was preparing for the Eid carnival, designing and creating flyers for upcoming events, gathering information on alumni, researching and documenting previous events for the upcoming annual report, or making important phone calls, the loving staff at New Horizon guided me every step of the way. I can confidently say that I have learned a lot from my experience during this internship and look forward to applying these skills in my future career, insha Allah.

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Happy Anniversary, New Horizon



New Horizon seeks to develop in each student a positive identity as an American Muslim who is prepared intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to succeed as leaders in tomorrow’s world.

So reads the Vision Statement of New Horizon School, Irvine, unchanged since the day it opened exactly 14 years ago today on September 10, 2001. This statement, along with our Mission Statement, has served as the driving force behind every decision made by the organization. New Horizon and its families have much to be proud of and thankful for – 14 years of success in fostering the development of students with a positive identity and balanced character who know their purpose is to strive for excellence and serve their community.

We have accomplished a great deal as we enter our 15th year of operation and have held firmly to the belief that if ‘we are not moving forward, then we are moving backwards’! New Horizon has relentlessly advanced its programs and services each and every year and is now recognized as a distinguished independent Islamic school, offering a model of education for informed and compassionate leadership. Over half of 3rd-6th grade students have consistently scored in the top 5% nationally in Math and Reading, 70% of alumni enroll in Honors and AP courses, and about 100 alumni have been accepted into universities throughout the country including Ivy Leagues such as Harvard, Cornell, and Dartmouth.

Vision without action is merely a dream.

Action without vision just passes the time.

Vision with action can change the world.

~ Joel A. Barker


The actions, over 15 years ago, of a few visionaries within our community gave rise to this beautiful institution! Since its founding, New Horizon School, Irvine has served over 800 students and their families and has given more than $2.5 million in the form of tuition discounts, making a New Horizon education accessible to a larger number of families. With a vision to open an upper school campus in the Fall of 2017, New Horizon will continue its dream to achieve another significant milestone for our community! This state of the art campus will expand our programs to increase the number of families we serve at both campuses and serve students through eighth grade. There will be more information forth coming at special parent events in the coming months. When the community comes together with a common goal, well-laid plans, good intentions, and God’s blessings – anything is possible!


“When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: perpetual charity; knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous offspring who prays for him.”

~ Hadith: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

To every individual who made any effort for, spoke positively about, contributed even one dollar towards the fulfillment of the New Horizon dream, know that there are thousands of individuals who were touched by the school, its faculty, and its community. Also know that any goodness that comes from what was taught to the 800-plus students in New Horizon will add to your account with God. As we celebrate our 14th anniversary and embark on our 15th year of operation, we acknowledge and make du’a for our founders. Their vision and actions created a place for a diverse group of American Muslims and of other faith traditions to come together, learn from one another, and be a fulcrum for positive changes for us all and for generations to come!