As one of the founders of San Fernando Institute for Applied Media, this is more than just a school to me, it represents a dream in action. A dream to have a quality, neighborhood school that students can walk to. A dream to have a staff so dedicated to the needs of students that they continue to push the boundaries of learning to ensure our students reach new heights. A dream to empower a community to be advocates for the changes they need. SFiAM is a dream that continues to evolve, continues to grow stronger, and continues to reach new dimensions.
In 2018 we became an official STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) certified school. We have been working hard to align our programs and project-based curriculum. Our focus on embedding 21st century skills of Communication, Critical-thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and the use of technology-into all subject areas naturally led us in the STEAM direction. We also opened our Maker Space with a focus on robotics, engineering and construction, and digital film making. Our MakerSpace is now LAUSD’s Advanced Prototype Site. This means other schools are coming to us to see how to do it successfully. We are extremely proud of our students and staff for breaking out of the traditional and truly becoming innovators of the future.
Distance Learning has become our latest challenge to tackle. Our teachers used their proficiency in Schoology and other digital tools to make their courses completely virtual in a matter of days as the first school closure hit us all by surprise. As the months went on, they learned how to use new platforms and new programs so that the curriculum would come alive for students. They spent countless hours learning and continue to refine their practice. By streamlining many processes school-wide, we are confident that we are providing a consistent schedule, rigorous standards-based instruction, and addressing the social-emotional needs of our students.
San Fernando Institute for Applied Media continuously strives to bring the absolute best to our students, families, staff, and community. We pride ourselves in our dedication and willingness to always put students at the forefront of every decision. We welcome you to our Jaguar family and we look forward to creating opportunity and change with you!