About Crescent Academy

Crescent Academy is Orange County's after-school learning center for
Arabic, Islamic Studies & Quran!


To provide Arabic and Islamic education for Muslim children in America.


To become the best after-school learning center for Arabic, Islamic Studies & Quran, in America, by 2020.


To teach young Muslims Arabic, Islamic Studies & Quran in order to prepare them for the future in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah.

Core Values

Leading to Piety












Striving to follow the model of our Prophet PBUH

Imam Ahmad El Gamal

Founder & President

Imam Ahmad El Gamal was born in Egypt. He immigrated to the United States in 1994. He is now a businessman, an educator and an Imam. Through an online program, he studies at the faculty of Islamic Sciences at Al-Azhar University in Egypt. Imam Ahmad holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Certificate in Islamic Leadership from Bayan Claremont Islamic graduate school, and an Ijaza (permit) in the Quranic recitation of Hafs 'an 'asim. His experience in Southern California includes serving on the boards of UPLIFT Charity, and Crescent Food Bank, as well as serving on the outreach committee and leading the New Muslim Support Group at the Islamic Center of Irvine. His experience in Egypt includes founding New Vision International School, co-founding New Generation International School, and serving on the board of the Egyptian Food Bank. Imam Ahmad lives in Irvine, CA with his wife and five children.

Our Story

Crescent Academy was founded by a father of five children with a passion for education and experience in founding and managing private schools in his native country of Egypt. Like so many parents, he searched for an effective method to teach his children Arabic, Islamic & Social Studies that was affordable and conveniently located. The available choices were either extremely expensive private Islamic schools that taught all subjects, hence, were not able to focus their resources on Arabic & Islamic Studies, or the common weekend or evening schools that did not provide the adequate quality and care that most parents want for their children.

Being a resident of Irvine, home to one of the best school districts in the nation, he thought why not benefit from the high quality of education provided by public schools and supplement that with focused, high quality, afterschool learning? Why waste resources on subjects such as Maths, English, Science, etc, that are already provided by public schools for free, paid for by our tax dollars, when what we really need to spend money on is Arabic, Islamic & Social Studies. This is especially applicable in Elementary school where the public schools are safe for most students because, at that age, most students are too young to face the troubles in Middle and High School that many parents want to protect their children from, such as drugs, liquor, and pre-marital relations.

Hence, Crescent Academy was established! It provides the high quality education and care that most parents want for their children at a fraction of the cost of expensive private Islamic schools, while focusing 100 percent of the resources on Arabic, Islamic Studies, Quran, and Social Studies. Crescent Academy is simply the smarter way to invest in your child for this life and the next!

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