“Salah Tawfik Elementary and Middle School (STEMS) will provide and promote the highest level of education in a nurturing Islamic environment, raising future generations of students with a strong moral character and excellence in both Islamic and academic education.”
The school lives up to this mission by integrating religious studies with academic content areas. The daily schedule includes instruction in Islamic Studies, Arabic and Qur’anic recitation in addition to secular subjects. The STEMS calendar is aligned with Broward County Public Schools, but recognizes Islamic holidays and observances with special extracurricular school events.
“Quality Education in the Best Islamic Environment”
The school motto combines the ideals of the pursuit of knowledge in an Islamic atmosphere characterized by ethics, morality and spirituality.
For nearly thirty years, the Islamic Foundation of South Florida, Inc. (IFSF) has played a pivotal role in the development of the Muslim community in South Florida and it’s relationship with the wider community. Established in 1989 as the School of Islamic Studies of Broward, Inc. (SISB) with an enrollment of 70 students, the current Foundation was endowed in 2000 to support the construction of the current facilities, completed in 2006. IFSF now encompasses: Salah Tawfik Elementary and Middle School (STEMS) a full-time day school with 220 students from PreK-8th Grade; a full-time masjid (prayer hall), open to the public, which hosts a variety of public educational events on nights and weekends; and a Food Pantry which serves the regular monthly needs of 120 local families, as well as providing temporary emergency assistance to hundreds more individuals. IFSF is a galvanizing force, bringing together Muslims from diverse backgrounds working towards the common goals of education and community service.
STEMS is located in the City of Sunrise (population of 84,439 according to the 2010 US Census) in the Greater Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area. The Islamic Foundation of South Florida, of which STEMS is a division, is located amidst hundreds of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh houses of worship. Since its establishment, IFSF has practiced pluralism opening its doors to all students and staff regardless of race, color or religion. Tolerance and love of our brothers and sisters of all faiths and walks of life are values that define our community.