Miami-Dade County Public Schools is listening to you.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is known for innovation in education. We have been a leader in Choice programs for decades and continue to develop and implement cutting edge models for delivery of curriculum that will prepare our students for the businesses of tomorrow while utilizing emerging technologies. These models include non-traditional grade configurations, commuter schools that do not restrict students and parents to boundaries, virtual instruction, single gender instructional environments, as well as educational models housed within various business settings through unique partnerships. Included here is a brief overview of some of those models.
iPrep Academy PreK-12
As downtown Miami grows so too does iPrep Academy. We have responded to the clear need for a pre-k through 12th grade school that will offer a personalized, technology-rich learning experience this fall at the school district’s administration building near downtown Miami.
Cambridge International Examinations
In response to the growing need for high-quality college readiness, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has rolled out 80 Cambridge Programs in 70 schools including elementary, middle and high school grade levels. These rigorous, integrated educational programs are recognized by the world’s finest universities and employers and will continue to highlight M-DCPS as a national leader in K-12 international programs.
Three NEW schools in 2014
BioTECH @ Richmond Heights 9-12– Students research and evaluate global issues and concerns related to human impact on biological diversity with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction. iTech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center– A technology-focused STEM high school that provides students with the opportunity to conduct field studies and complete projects in an environment similar to what they will find in a business infrastructure. Center for International Education: A Cambridge Associate School– Students work towards the AICE Diploma designed to prepare them for entry into universities with college credits earned.
Number of Choice Programs for all grades
Number of Magnet Schools in Miami-Dade
Students Enrolled in Choice Programs
National Magnet Merit Awards
At a Glance
Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers a wide variety of choices. Choice schools/programs allow you to elect out of an assigned boundary school. Most choice schools/programs specialize in a specific area of interest and offer our students the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential. There are choice schools/programs for students as young as 4 years old.
Magnet programs offer unique courses of study focusing on students’ special interests, talents, and abilities. Magnet programs are available to students under the following six themes of study: Careers & Professions, International Programs, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Science, & Technology, VPREP- Virtual Offerings, Visual & Performing Arts
Non Magnet Academies
Career academies combine a college-preparatory curriculum with a career-themed focus. Academic courses that meet high school graduation and college entrance requirements are linked with technical courses that focus on the academy’s theme and are aligned directly to priority workforce needs of the community. Career academies combine conceptual learning with relevant practical experience thus preparing students for both college and careers. Students enrolled in career academies follow a sequential program of study that leads to industry certification and opportunities to earn post-secondary credit and scholarships. Students choose career academies from 16 career clusters, thus allowing them to make the successful transition between high school, college, and careers.
As an alternative mechanism for providing educational choice options for families, Miami-Dade County Public Schools recognizes the value in developing collaborative relationships with businesses and organizations in our community. Satellite Learning Centers and Charter Schools are public and private partnerships that bring varied resources together in order to support the educational success of all students.
At the forefront of school choice in the United States, the first-ever District-Managed Charter School was created in Miami-Dade. This unique model allows for a private operator to run a school using public funds and managed by the School Board of Miami-Dade County. Leveraging the experience and resources of the fourth largest school district in the U.S. coupled with the independence and autonomy of private operators to make their own decisions makes for a winning combination.
Cambridge International Examinations
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international education programs and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. CIE is a not for profit organization and part of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s top universities and trusted for excellence in education. The CIE qualifications are recognized by the world’s universities and employers and provides students with the best preparation for the next stage of their education, university and beyond.
Career academies combine a college-preparatory curriculum with a career-themed focus. Academic courses that meet high school graduation and college entrance requirements are linked with technical courses that focus on the academy’s theme and are aligned directly to priority workforce needs of the community. Career academies combine conceptual learning with relevant practical experience thus preparing students for both college and careers. Students enrolled in career academies follow a sequential program of study that leads to industry certification and opportunities to earn post-secondary credit and scholarships. Students choose career academies from 16 career clusters listed below, thus allowing them to make the successful transition between high school, college, and careers.
K-8 Centers are configured to include students from Kindergarten through grade eight in a small school environment. The K-8 Center offers a tightly aligned curriculum for grade six through eight students that may focus on a specific theme or curriculum. A K-8 Center middle grade experience is not meant to be the equivalent of a traditional middle school environment. The range of electives, honors, and high school level courses available at the traditional middle school may be limited at a K-8 Center because of the smaller number of students in grades six through eight. Physical education and athletics may also be limited.
The Opportunity Scholarship Program reflects Florida’s commitment to higher standards in education for Florida students. The Opportunity Scholarship Program allows parents whose children are attending a school which has been assigned a grade of “D” or “F” and is in one of the two lowest performing categories, persuant to S.1008.33, to choose a “C” or higher performing public school that has space available. The student’s attendance must have occurred during the school year in which such designation was in effect; or the student has been in attendance elsewhere in the public school system and has been assigned to such a school for the next school year.
Controlled Open Enrollment (“Controlled Choice”) Schools – offers parents an opportunity to indicate their preference for school assignments within a controlled choice attendance boundary. Each of the district’s 3 controlled choice schools offer an enhanced curriculum focused on a specified academic theme. This option applies only to parents who reside within the designated attendance boundary. Priority in student assignment is given based on siblings (who are currently enrolled) and proximity to the selected school. The schools are as follows:
Winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education
The Broad Prize is awarded each year to honor urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color.
The Most Career Academies of Any School District
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a national network of career academies to support the development of America’s youth toward personal and professional success in high school, higher education and throughout their careers.
81 Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards
M-DCPS has been awarded more MSA National Merit Awards than any other school district nation-wide. Magnet School of Merit Awards recognize member magnet schools/programs that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement.
M-DCPS Launchs 14 AP/Capstone Programs
In partnership with The College Board, M-DCPS launched four of the world’s 15 AP/Capstone Credential Programs; the only district to have received more than one program in the inaugural year. Through negotiations, ten (10) additional schools will offer the AP/ Capstone program beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
Two New STEM Schools Open
On September 26, 2013, Miami-Dade County Public Schools was awarded $10.7 million from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) for a Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant to open two new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) high schools.
M-DCPS Magnet Schools ranked 5 times in the top 50 Magnet schools in the Nation.
DASH #8, Young Women’s Preparatory Academy # 27, MAST #34, Coral Reef #47 and New World School of the Arts #49
Almost a quarter (20%) of Top 100 Florida High Schools are M-DCPS Magnet Schools (19 out of top 100)
M-DCPS had 34 (out of 78 high schools) schools receive gold, silver or bronze medals in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings
DASH made the top 10 Magnet Schools in the nation, ranking #8
Miami-Dade iPrep grads are all headed to college
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5 things to know about 2016 principal of the year, Martin T. Reid
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MAST Teacher Recognized County-Wide
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Middle schools magnet programs are needed
Over the past few months I enjoyed the opportunity to visit all the public middle schools in District 37. I’m proud of the progress each of these schools has made. Their work is exceptional, and I salute the faculty, staff and students as well as the administration and School Board for their leadership.
BioTECH High Offers Unique Wildlife Photography Course
Billed as the nation’s only conservation biology magnet high school, BioTECH High is unique in many ways. Only in its second year of existence, the school is small, with only 252 students. BioTECH now offers a unique wildlife photography course. Read More
A Look at Norland Middle School's Performing Arts Program As Magnet Deadline Nears
The days of students having no options when it comes to picking a public school to attend are long gone. Between magnet programs and so-called choice programs, parents have an assortment of choices, depending upon the interests of their children. Read More
Miami Dominates Rankings Of Florida's Best High Schools
U.S. News & World Report has released its annual rankings of America’s best high schools, and Miami-Dade schools pull a lot of weight when it comes to representing Florida on the list. Five Miami schools are ranked in the top 100 in the nation, which also means five of the ten top schools in Florida are in Miami. Of the top 20 schools in Florida, eight are in Miami-Dade. Read More
Miami’s design and fine arts magnet school looks to pivotal next chapter
Principal Stacey Mancuso has led Design Architecture Senior High for 17 years, steering one of Miami-Dade’s premier magnet schools to national recognition while nurturing a diverse cast of students who have gone on to become successful architects and performance artists, photographers and fashion designers. Read More
Coral Reef High School Ranked Among Nation's Top Schools
Coral Reef High School has a reputation for academic excellence. Newsweek magazine ranked it among the nation’s top high schools. But most people don’t know it also has the national champion dance team. Read More
MAST of Homestead Named #1 School In Florida by Newsweek
Who’s #1? Homestead’s own Medical Academy of Science and Technology High School, or MAST as it has become known, is. Read More
Miami-Dade magnets earn top marks in new ranking
The Homestead Medical Academy for Science and Technology is Florida’s best public high school when student poverty is taken into account, according to Newsweek’s annual rankings. Read More
Caribbean-American Student Spotlight for App Development
Love for Programming: 15 years old, Sonja began programming just this year at iTech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center. But “what attracted me to computers was really my dad,” says Sonja. “When I was younger he would tell me about the brains of a computer and how different parts work together. I was fascinated.” Read More
Young BotanistsPlay a Vital Role in Protecting an Urban Ecosystem
Performing Arts at Charles Drew K-8
It’s not easy to create a high-performing school in a poverty-stricken environment. That’s where a magnet program comes into play at Charles Drew K-8 Center. Learn more
MAST@FIU recognized as one of top high schools for STEM education in the U.S.
School Scene: Southwest High student wins $20,000 H&R Block Budget Challenge scholarship
Brian Huici of Southwest Miami High School won a $20,000 scholarship from the H&R Block Budget Challenge, a teen financial literacy program that awards students who master budgeting and personal finance decision-making. Learn More
Magnet school to unveil new planetarium
Booker T. Washington is on the verge of unveiling a newly renovated planetarium, which will be the centerpiece for the school’s new astronomy magnet program that will begin in August. Learn more
Planetarium Focal Point Of Booker T. Washington’s New Magnet Program
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The skies the limit for students attending Booker T. Washington’s new astronomy magnet program thanks to its newly-renovated planetarium. The media, along with students and staff, were given a sneak peak at the half-million dollar facility – the only one of its kind in South Florida. Learn more
Miami-Dade Magnet School Hitting All the Right Notes
It may be the most unique public school in Miami-Dade County: no sports, but tons of art. In fact, Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts is one of the few public arts conservatories that covers grades 6 through 12 anywhere in the country. Learn more
University embraces STEM academic experiences
To gear up future science, technology, engineering and mathematics college students, Biscayne Bay Campus has fostered an innovative experience for high school students. Learn more
Science the Focus for Jose Marti MAST Students
If they had long sleeves, the students in the Green Club and the science research class at Jose Marti MAST Academy in Hialeah would be rolling them up in the Arboretum, their small forest of native plants. Learn more
Miami-Dade School District offers specialized academic choices
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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Top Ten Innovations for 2014-15
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Public School Options & Grading System Changes
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Two new high school magnet programs debut this month
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Miami-Dade to pilot new college capstone program
20 schools in the United States and abroad will pilot the capstone program, meant to equip students with more research skills, writing, teamwork and critical thinking. Learn more
More magnets to open in Miami-Dade schools next year
Miami-Dade County Public Schools will launch more than a dozen new magnet programs next year, including a Latin-themed arts conservatory in Hialeah and a high school where students can earn their diploma and college degree. Learn more
Dade, Broward top nation for black, Hispanic student scores on AP exams
Black and Hispanic students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties continue to pass the college-level Advanced Placement exams in record numbers. Learn more