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-12As downtown Miami grows so to 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 experience for students this fall at the school district’s administration building near downtown Miami. LEARN MORE
Cambridge International ExaminationsIn 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 senior 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. LEARN MORE
Three NEW schools in 2014BioTECH @ 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 will provide 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: