Magnet Schools Overview

For more than 40 years, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been at the forefront of the choice movement in education. Magnet programs began in Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 1973 with the opening of a center for the Expressive Arts in the heart of the inner city. Since then, M-DCPS has implemented a broad variety of choice programs including the first corporate–based Satellite Learning Center in 1987; the first controlled open-enrollment schools in 1995; the State’s first charter school in 1996; and, most recently, the first District-Managed Charter School in 2011. As of the 2014-2015 school year, more than 56% of Pre-K through 12th grade students in M-DCPS have made an active choice in school or program in which they are enrolled.

Magnet programs offer unique courses of study focusing on students’ special interests, talents, and abilities. Magnet programs are available to students under the following five themes of study:

• Virtual Offerings

• Visual & Performing Arts

Magnet Accolades

This past year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ magnets have received numerous national recognitions and awards.  Just to highlight a few:

4 magnet high schools were named among Newsweek’s list of the top 1,000 schools in the country

37 magnet high schools were ranked among the Washington Post’s most challenging schools

2 magnet high schools were ranked #1 & #2 in Florida by US News and World Report

22 magnet high schools were ranked in the top 100 in Florida by US News and World Report

25 magnet schools were recognized as Magnet Schools of Excellence or Magnet Schools of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America (MSA) including the “Best Elementary” Magnet School in the Country

School Board Policy

2370, Magnet Programs/Schools

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