What Makes Magnet Schools So Great?

Miami-Dade County is fortunate to offer the MOST school choices in the USA, including over 300 distinguished Magnet programs for students of all ages.

#1 school district in the nation

 For the Ninth Straight Year, M-DCPS Receives More National Magnet Merit Awards than Any Other District – 373 Merit Awards in Just 9 Years!

Magnet Schools of America (MSA), a national organization representing over 4,300 Magnet schools and programs, annually recognizes Magnet schools and programs for their commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent/community involvement.  In total, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) received 67 awards for the 2019-2020 award cycle. This is an increase of 9 additional awards over last year’s award total.


Distinction Awards

Excellence Awards

What are Magnet Schools?

The School Choice and Parental Options office of Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers a wide variety of Magnet programs that provide unique and enhanced educational opportunities that appeal to students with diverse backgrounds, special talents, and similar interests. These programs offer courses of study that satisfy student educational interest and mandated learning goals while promoting diversity. Some programs accept all interested students; other programs have specific entrance criteria. When the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats in non-audition-based or language tested Magnet programs, a random selection procedure is utilized to admit students.

Magnet Programs Shine Nationwide

For the ninth straight year, M-DCPS earned more Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Merit Awards than any other school district in the nation! Including, 67 awards in 2020, bringing the total MSA Awards to 373in 9 years!

National Leader in Magnet Sustainability

M-DCPS was honored with the Donna Grady-Creer Award by MSA for exemplifying a commitment to equity, excellence and diversity, supporting and promoting Magnet programs across the District.

High Schools Among America’s Best

Miami Magnet Schools comprise four of the Top 100 high schools in the country and eight of the schools in Florida’s Top 20, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Top Accolades

Just a few of our most recent achievements!

Certified National Magnet Schools

M-DCPS is the only school district in the nation with 28 Certified National Magnet Schools. Additionally, 14 of these schools are recognized at the top level and awarded the highest certification category – Certified National Demonstration Magnet School.

Stellar Cambridge Recognition

M-DCPS received the 2018 Cambridge “District of the Year” Award by Cambridge International for demonstrating exceptional commitment to expanding access and delivering a high quality Cambridge education. With an impressive 71% pass rate, M-DCPS is also recognized for improving student performance on Cambridge International exams.

International Baccalaureate Diplomas

The percentage of IB examinations receiving passing scores is consistently at or above the 80th percentile and the total percentage of students receiving the prestigious IB diploma is consistently above the 70th percentile.

What Everyone’s Talking About…

See some of our featured schools as showcased on NBC6, Ari Odzer’s Brag About Your School series.

Andover Middle
John A. Ferguson Senior
Young Women's Preparatory 6-12 Academy
William H. Turner Tech Senior High
Barbara Goleman Senior
BioTech High School
Miami Carol City Senior
G. Holmes Braddock Senior
Miami Central Senior
MAST@Homestead Senior
Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior
Norland Senior
Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High
Miami Southridge Senior
Miami Sunset Senior
Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer
Booker T. Washington Senior High
North Miami Senior High
Norland Middle School
Coral Park Senior High
Miami Senior High
Miami Northwestern Senior High
North Miami Beach Senior High
Southwest Senior High
South Miami Senior High
Westland Hialeah Senior High
Cutler Bay Senior High
Miami Palmetto Senior High
Ada Merritt K-8 Center
Charles Drew K-8 Center
Country Club Middle
Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center

Magnet Themes

International Programs

International Programs are internationally benchmarked programs offering students a unique opportunity to meet national as well as international diploma requirements. M-DCPS has partnered with the world’s premiere international programs to ensure that M-DCPS students are globally competent and prepared for future educational and career choices world-wide. Educators in these highly rigorous and benchmarked programs are trained and certified to ensure students receive the highest quality of globally competitive education.

Liberal Arts Programs

With an emphasis on Business, Global Studies, Legal Studies, and Service Industries, the Liberal Arts Programs offer students a variety of opportunities to engage as global citizens on an ever-changing world.  A challenging interdisciplinary curriculum focused on the Humanities, Language Arts, and Social Sciences encourages hands-on learning in a technology rich environment.  Academic excellence and commitment to the values of diversity, community, and collaboration, as well as social awareness, distinguish the Liberal Arts Magnet Programs.

STEM Programs

S.T.E.M. Programs encourage students who have an interest or skill strength in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics fields to explore and develop their talents and to prepare for a future in the fastest growing career industries world-wide. Included in S.T.E.M. Programs are the Medical Health Services Programs, which offer a broad variety of options for students to explore career opportunities and interest in the health sciences.

Visual and Performing Arts Programs

Visual and Performing Arts Programs provide intellectually stimulating and educationally challenging classes in the Arts or Arts Technology for students who demonstrate a talent in a particular art form or who show a strong interest in the arts.  While some programs require students to audition, other programs invite students with an affinity for the arts to develop their passions in an environment rich in creativity.  Student talents and interests are nurtured through a continuous exchange between student and teachers, with numerous opportunities to showcase talents.


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