School Publication

Ilm Academy produces original publications created and written by the school’s young scholars. Borne of the concept of active literary participation of the students in the creation of books that they can forever treasure, these are vastly entertaining keepsakes not only for the young authors themselves but for any reader.

Ilm Academy publications are compiled on the basis of creative merit as well as for the original ingenuity of the compositions. When motivated, the imaginations of children know no bounds. Our books showcase that imagination in these delightful collections. Edited and compiled by Irum Sarfaraz, the middle-school Language Arts teacher, a writer and editor by profession, original cover art by Bay Area artist Tahira Aftab, and with first grade, full cover printing, these books are an absorbing and entertaining addition to any bookshelf.

Ilma Voices

Ilma Voices
May 2023

Ilma Voices is the school magazine of the Ilm Academy School in Fremont, California. The school takes great pride in its academics, especially the creative writing skills of its students, and showcases their talents in multiple student compilations throughout each academic year. All reflections, opinions, and essays in Ilma Voices are written exclusively by the students. Their work is true testament of a holistic education where students are encouraged to align their thought processes with the rapidly changing world around them through positive and meaningful written dialogue.

My World Has Changed Overnight

The present situation is an event of an unfathomable magnitude which will go down in history as one of the worst pandemics ever faced by the human civilization. Within just a few months it has altered the lives of millions around the globe in ways no one ever thought imaginable or possible. It has brought people to reflect upon the frailty and vulnerability of their condition, and adults are not the only one who are doing the pondering. Children from every society have been equally affected, their lives jolted in a thousand different ways. ‘My World Has Changed Overnight: Reflections’ is a collection of thought provoking, sensitive, and insightful essays from the students of Ilm Academy, a private school in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. The students may be from Ilm Academy but their feelings and emotions regarding the upheaval in the norms of their lives may be the same as any other child in the world. The deeply touching, profoundly perceptive, and astute narratives illustrate how the present condition is creating indelible emotional scars upon the minds of the future generations.

Ilm Anthology: Vol. V April 2020

Ilm Anthology-Vol. V is a collection of poems from the students of Ilm Academy. Continuing one of the most cherished literary traditions of the school, the annual school anthology brings forth heart-warming and touching poems from the students on the theme of ‘Respect’. In addition to ‘Respect’ the students also explore other themes and ideas in poetic expression. Poetry has always remained a significant platform for the conveyance of a writer’s innermost reflections and deliberation about his world and his interactions with individuals in that world. The foundational purpose of poetry remains unchanged over the centuries. Ilm Academy’s annual anthology brings to fore poetry with a fresh and invigorating perspective—the manner in which children see the world around them.

Ilm Academy Anthology ––– Vol. IV

Continuing its tradition of yearly school anthology, the school compiled and published its fourth volume of Ilm Anthology Vol. IV at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. The collection of original poems by all grade levels is a delightful collection to the existing Ilm Academy publications. Ilm Anthology Vol. IV is available for purchase through the school office.

Ilm Academy Anthology ––– Vol. III

The students at Ilm Academy proudly presented the third volume of Ilm Anthology in summer 2018. The collection of poems reflected a more seasoned approach to the year’s theme ‘We Make a Difference’. A delight to read, the collection proves yet again the contemplative level of the students.

Ilm Academy Anthology ––– Vol. II

Alhamdullillah, the second volume of the school anthology is already in the works and will insha Allah be available for purchase by soon. More expansive than the first and also covering a distinct theme this year, ‘Gratitude to Allah’, the second volume will be just as engaging as the first. (slides of the book to be added later with inside pages and site where this can be purchased)

Ilm Academy Anthology ––– Vol. I

According to Robert Frost, ‘Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words’. The Ilm Academy’s first anthology is a charming collection of poems from each grade level. Ranging from the thought provoking to delightful, they reflect the inner minds of the school’s young poets. (slides of book plus inside pages and link where this can be purchased)

When Kids Get Creative

When Kids Get Creative is a hilarious, out of the ball park, witty collection of compositions and stories from the Ilm Academy middle-schoolers. Spun entirely out of common, and not-so-common phrases, this book is bound to keep the reader entertained for hours. Reflecting an amazing level of creativity, it is only proof that for the motivated writer, the sky is indeed the limit. Get a copy and test your phrase knowledge! (slides of the book as well as some inside pages and link where the book can be purchased)

Ilma Voices

Ilma Voices is the bimonthly school magazine of Ilm Academy. Work for all departments of the magazine is written entirely by the children. The magazine includes the creative effort from all grade levels and covers a diverse range of creative fields such as poetry, opinion, and reflective essays along with some humor. The refreshing approach to the multitude of topics included in each magazine render them a timeless keepsake despite the date on the cover. (slides of magazines published so far and some inside pages too. Link where these can be purchased)

Young Authors

In its second year now, the Young Author’s creative writing exercise is practiced by many schools as a means to foster inventive, imaginative, and innovative literary writing habits in children of all grade levels. Fully written and illustrated by children, the books are judged on quality of writing and presentation. Winning books are awarded at the award assembly.

Our Collective Wisdom

When children are encouraged in a manner that propels into motion their interest, they produce stellar results. Our Collective Wisdom is proof of this where the students have conjured their own original quotes on a endless array of topics. To pique your curiosity, here are a few samples from yet another Ilm Academy School publication: Dreams are like butterflies; exciting to see but hard to catch – Mariam Vaid

We Write! Vol. II

Ilm Academy proudly showcases the second volume of original fictional work collection by the school’s older grades in We Write! Vol. II. See how the students usesplashes of brilliant imagination, vivid creativity, drama, and action to weave stories that will keep not only your children but also you entertained for hours. We Write! Vol. II is also available for sale through the office.

We Write! Vol. I

We Write is the compilation of Ilm Academy middle school students Young Author projects. The sterling works produced by the students are in book form to read and enjoy by the entire family. The level of imagination and creativity displayed in We Write is nothing short of commendable. As with other Ilm Academy publications, We Write Vol. I is a captivating read for any age level.