About Us

Principal’s Message

Greetings Families,

My name is Steve Dowding, principal of iEmpire Academy. I am truly honored and excited to lead iEmpire Academy and serve our students, families, and the community of San Bernardino. My passion is to instill in our students core values that will prepare them for college, as well as skills that will equip them to be the next generation of local leaders in the Inland Empire. Having started as an educator with REAL Journey Academy since its inception in 2009, I have worked diligently to provide structure, establish consistent expectations, and foster a safe learning environment for all our students. As we move forward, we will continue to build on establishing our place amongst the most prestigious schools in the Inland Empire. 

At iEmpire Academy, we believe in providing exceptional academic supports for the diverse learning needs of all our students. We believe it is vital to provide specialized intervention and enrichment opportunities designed to promote growth in a variety of areas including but not limited to core subjects, computer coding, and keyboard proficiency. In addition, we utilize research-based curriculum and instructional practices daily so that we may provide our students an optimal learning experience. Just as we invest our time and resources in the achievement of students, we also spend a great deal of time and resources in training highly effective teachers. Through weekly professional development and teacher collaboration, teachers gain the knowledge and skills necessary to offer high quality lessons that engage students to think critically, using various learning styles and rigor. With all that we have to offer, it is safe to say that iEmpire Academy is the place to be if you are looking for a welcoming, high-quality education in the San Bernardino-Highland area.

Best regards,

Steve Dowding, Principal