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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 06, 2017
CONTACT:  Daisy Gonzalez-Diego
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
305-995-2060

For the Sixth Straight Year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Receives More National Magnet Schools of America Merit Awards than Any Other District

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) received 42 awards from the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) for the 2016-2017 award cycle. For the sixth year in a row, M-DCPS out-performed all other school districts nationwide.  


MSA, a national organization representing over 4,000 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.


Of the 89 schools across the United States that received the coveted Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award, 20 were part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Additionally, Miami-Dade County magnet schools received 22 of 156 Magnet School of Distinction Merit Awards.  Schools earning the MSA Merit Award, whether Distinction or Excellence, rank within the top five percent of all magnet schools in the nation. Schools awarded the Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award not only excel in all areas measured, but serve as National Exemplary Magnet School Models. 


Miami-Dade County’s award-winning public magnet schools for 2017 are as follows:

SCHOOL

MAGNET THEME(S)

MERIT AWARD

Air Base K-8 Center for International Education

·  International Education/Cambridge International

School of Excellence

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts 6-12

·  Visual & Performing Arts

School of Excellence

Arvida Middle

·  Global Studies

·  Forensic Science

School of Excellence

Center for International Education: A Cambridge Associate School

·  Cambridge International

School of Excellence

 

Coral Reef Senior High

·  Agriscience

·  Engineering

·  Business & Finance

·  Medicine

·  International Baccalaureate

·  Legal

·  Visual & Performing Arts

School of Excellence

 

Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH)

·  Architecture/Interior Design

·  Industrial Design/Product & Transportation

·  Fashion Design

·  Entertainment Technology/Film

·  Visual Communications/Graphic Design

School of Excellence

 

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts

·  Visual & Performing Arts

School of Excellence

G. Holmes Braddock Senior High

·  Cambridge  International

School of Excellence

Herbert A. Ammons Middle

·  International Baccalaureate

School of Excellence

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High

·  Digital Media Technology & Entrepreneurship

·  iPrep Academy

·  Legal Studies

School of Excellence

John A. Ferguson Senior High

·  Culinary Arts

·  DASH/Visual Arts

·  International Baccalaureate

·  International Business & Finance

·  Information Technology

·  Medical Skills/Biomedical

School of Excellence

John F. Kennedy Middle

·  Biomedical/Environmental/Agricultural/Technology (BEAT)

School of Excellence

Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy

·  Math &Science Technology

·  Life Science

·  Mathematics/Computer Science

·  Natural Sciences

School of Excellence

Medical Academy for Science & Technology (MAST @ Homestead)

·  Biomedical Sciences

·  Pharmaceutical Sciences

·  iMed

·   Physical Therapy

School of Excellence

 

Miami Lakes Educational Center

·  Career Themed Multi-Magnet

School of Excellence

Miami Springs Senior High

·  Hospitality & Tourism

·  iTech Academy

School of Excellence

Ponce de Leon Middle

·  International Baccalaureate

School of Excellence

Sunset Elementary

·  International Studies

School of Excellence

W.R. Thomas Middle

·  Cambridge International

School of Excellence

West Miami Middle

·  Technology & Environmental Sciences

School of Excellence

Ben Sheppard Elementary

·  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

School of Distinction

BioTECH @ Richmond Heights 9-12

·  Conservation Biology

School of Distinction

Coconut Palm K-8 Center

·  Agriscience Engineering

·   Medical Technology

School of Distinction

Felix Varela Senior High

·  Global Studies

·  iPrep Academy

·  Veterinary Science

School of Distinction

George Washington Carver Middle

·  International Studies

·  International Education

School of Distinction

Hammocks Middle

·  Pre-Law

School of Distinction

Howard D. McMillan Middle

·  Cambridge International/ Robotics Engineering

·  Medical Health Sciences

School of Distinction

International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA)

·  International Studies

School of Distinction

Jorge Mas Canosa Middle

·  Cambridge International

School of Distinction

Lamar Louise Curry Middle

·  International Baccalaureate

School of Distinction

Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School

·  Law Studies

·  Homeland Security

·   Forensic Science

School of Distinction

Lawton Chiles Middle

·  Cambridge International

School of Distinction

Maritime and Science Technology Academy (MAST)

·  Maritime and Science Technology

·  Cambridge International/Global

·  Cambridge International/STEM

School of Distinction

New World School of the Arts

·  Visual & Performing Arts

School of Distinction

Redland Middle

·  Agriscience

School of Distinction

Riviera Middle

·  Multimedia Industry Xperience (MIX)

·  Science, Technology & Investigative Research (STIR)

School of Distinction

Robert Morgan Educational Center

·  College & Career Multi-Magnet

School of Distinction

Shenandoah Middle

·  Museums

School of Distinction

South Miami K-8 Center

·  Visual & Performing Arts

·  Computer Art Technology

·  Culturally Inspired Education

School of Distinction

Southside Elementary

·  Museums

School of Distinction

Southwood Middle

·  Visual & Performing Arts

School of Distinction

TERRA Environmental Research Institute

·  Biomedical Research

·  Environmental Research & Field Studies

·  Robotics & Engineering Technology

School of Distinction


All awards will be presented at the MSA 35th National Conference on Magnet Schools in Los Angeles, CA, April 26-30, 2017.


About Magnet School Programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Magnet school programs offer unique courses of study focusing on students’ special interests, talents, and abilities and are available in five themes of study: International Programs; Liberal Arts; S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics); Virtual Learning; and Visual & Performing Arts. Since opening its first magnet program in 1973, magnet options have greatly expanded within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Currently, over 69,000 students are enrolled in over 380 magnet programs offered at 114 schools district-wide. For more information, go to: miamimagnets.org


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