A LEGACY OF CHOICE
PUBLIC / PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
FIND A MAGNET SCHOOL
UPCOMING MAGNET SCHOOL EVENTS
Non-Magnet Choice Programs
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.
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: International Programs, Liberal Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical &Health Sciences), 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.
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.
194 Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards in just 6 Years
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 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
A magnet school principal makes the performing arts count
For the Seventh Straight Year, M-DCPS Receives More National Magnet Merit Awards than Any Other District
South Florida Public, Charter Schools Battle For Top Students
Seven Miami-Dade schools among nation’s best, according to U.S. News
Brag About Westland Hialeah High School
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For the Sixth Straight Year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Receives More National Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards than Any Other District
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Magnet Program TV production teacher named Teacher of Year
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Miami-Dade Public Schools Offers Unique Veterinary Magnet Program
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Miami Sunset High School - When a school produces excellence in the arts, sciences, and technology, you know it’s doing something right.
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North Miami High School is both a traditional high school and an all-magnet school!
North Miami High School has the rarest of identities. It is both a traditional high school and an all-magnet school. That means it has not only sports and band and clubs, it has magnet programs such as culinary arts, fine arts, engineering, a health sciences academy and the International Baccalaureate program…
Miami Sunset Magnet Program serves students with a hunger for creativity and design
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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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