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multicultural academy

Small classes,Tuition-free, Active parent support, Grades Pre-K through 8th grade, After-school care and tutoring programs
No cost bus transportation.

Educational team bios

Dr. Naji a. shalabi - Principal

Dr. Naji has earned his leadership certification from Eastern Michigan University. He has earned his Masters as well as his Ph.D from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Before that, Dr.Naji has earned a Master degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the University of Jordan and a Bachelor degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the same university.

Dr. Naji was a principal of Bridge Academy since 2004 - 2017. Before that, Dr. Naji worked as a Dean of the faculty of Arts at Birzeit University, a chairman of the Arabic language department and as an assistant professor in the same university.

Dr.Naji has translated more than 1000 educational pages from English to Arabic. Some of them are: English grade level content expectations K-8, Math grade level content expectations K-8 and Arabic language content expectations K-12.

Dr.Naji has served in many committees such as: Michigan Standards for Arabic Teacher Certification, Michigan Test for Arabic Teacher Certification, Foreign language Curriculum for U.S Summer Institutes, Revision of ACTFL Assessment Guidelines, and Revision of U of Oregon on Line Arabic Assessment.

Dr. Naji is a member of an Arabic curriculum development team. This team started working on developing the Arabic curriculum for all GEE schools since 5 years. The team has finished developing Arabic units for all K-12 grades. The units have been taught, reviewed and edited several times in the GEE schools.

Dr. Naji has participated in several conventions and conferences such as: ACTFL, CSC, NWLA, MESA, NALC and GEE.

Dr.Naji has published several articles and books about the Arabic language and the Arabic Folklore some of them are:

• Our Beautiful Arabic Language, 2002-2003

• Lessons in Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Level I,1997

• Lessons in Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Level II,1997

• Lessons in Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Level III,1997

• “Arabic Language in General Education and Universities” Arabic Jordanian Council, 1995

• Bibliography of the Palestinian Heritage,1993

• Guide for the Palestinian Heritage Museum,1987

• Evaluation of Ibn Mada’s Criticism of the Arab Grammarians, Ph.D Dissertation, Ann Arbor, 1985









School Facilities


In the beginning

Multicultural Academy is a culturally rich school centrally located in the close-knit community of Ann Arbor. Multicultural Academy opened in 2004 with a K-5 multi age program as well as a 6-8 program.  

the growing years

This approach recognizes that learning occurs along a continuum with students progressing at varying rates. This structure also provides extra flexibility to meet the learning and social needs of our students. The faculty, administration and the MA Community work closely together to provide a balanced, well-structured educational program. As a learning community, we strive to ensure that all students are actively engaged in quality learning where students feel welcome, respected and safe, and where parents know their children will be educated and loved.



Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy

The Public School Academy, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the GINA Act of 2008, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, and Executive Order 11246, does not discriminate against applicants, employees or sh1dents on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, disability, militaty status, genetic information or handicap, nor will sexual harassment be tolerated, in its employment practices and/or educational programs or activities.

Inquiries concerning the nondiscrimination policy should be directed to:
Tarek Farha at tfarha@umcesp.com or by mail at:

Address: 2570 Seminole Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108