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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
CONTACT:  Daisy Gonzalez-Diego
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

For the 7th Straight Year, M-DCPS Receives more National Magnet Merit Awards than Any Other District

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 54 awards for the 2017-2018 award cycle. This is an increase of 12 additional awards.


M-DCPS garnered 23 Magnet School of Excellence Merit Awards and 31 Magnet School of Distinction Merit Awards. Schools earning the MSA Merit Award, whether Distinction or Excellence, rank within the top 5 percent category of all magnet schools in the nation. Schools awarded the Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award not only exceled in all areas measured but serve as National Exemplary Magnet School Models. 

All awards will be presented at the MSA 36th National Conference on Magnet Schools in Chicago, April 25-29, 2018. Currently, over 70,000 students are enrolled in over 380 magnet programs offered at 114 schools district-wide. For more information, go to:   

M-DCPS’s School of Excellence Merit Award-winning public magnet schools for 2018 are as follows:




Ada Merritt K-8 Center

·  International Baccalaureate  •  International Studies

Air Base K-8 Center for International Education

·  International Education/Cambridge International

Arvida Middle

·  Global Studies  •  Forensic Science

Center for International Education: A Cambridge Associate School

·  Cambridge International

Coral Gables Senior High

·  International Baccalaureate

Coral Reef Senior High

·  Agriscience  •  Engineering  •  Business & Finance

·  Medicine  •  International Baccalaureate

·  Legal  •  Visual & Performing Arts

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts

·  Visual & Performing Arts

George Washington Carver Middle

·  International Studies

·  International Education

Herbert A. Ammons Middle

·  International Baccalaureate

Hialeah Senior High

·  Visual & Performing Arts

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High

·  Digital Media Technology & Entrepreneurship

·  iPrep Academy

·  Legal Studies

Howard D. McMillan Middle

·  Cambridge International/ Robotics Engineering

·  Medical Health Sciences

International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA)

·  International Studies

Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy

·  Math, Science & Technology  •  Life Science

·  Mathematics/Computer Science  •  Natural Sciences

Lamar Louise Curry Middle

·  International Baccalaureate

Maritime and Science Technology Academy (MAST)

·  Maritime and Science Technology

·  Cambridge International/Global

·  Cambridge International/STEM

Medical Academy for Science & Technology (MAST @ Homestead)

·  Biomedical Sciences  •  Pharmaceutical Sciences

·  iMed  •  Physical Therapy

Miami Springs Senior High

·  Hospitality & Tourism  •  iTech Academy

Redland Middle

·  Agriscience

Sunset Elementary

·  International Studies

W. J. Bryan Elementary

·  Museums

W.R. Thomas Middle

·  Cambridge International

Young Women’s Preparatory Academy

·  Women’s Leadership


M-DCPS Schools of Distinction Merit Award-winning public magnet schools for 2018 are as follows:



Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts 6-12

·  Visual & Performing Arts

Ben Sheppard Elementary

·  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

BioTECH @ Richmond Heights 9-12

·  Conservation Biology

Coconut Palm K-8 Academy

·  Agriscience Engineering  •  Medical Technology

Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH)

·  Architecture/Interior Design

·  Industrial Design/Product & Transportation

·  Fashion Design  •  Entertainment Technology/Film

·  Visual Communications/Graphic Design

Frank C. Martin K-8 Center

·  International Baccalaureate

G. Holmes Braddock Senior High

·  Cambridge Global Studies Academy

Hammocks Middle

·  Pre-Law

iPrep Academy

·  Global Focus

John A. Ferguson Senior High

·  Culinary Arts  •  DASH/Visual Arts

·  International Baccalaureate  •  International Business & Finance  •  Information Technology

·  Medical Skills/Biomedical

John F. Kennedy Middle

·  Biomedical/Environmental/Agricultural/Technology (BEAT)

Jorge Mas Canosa Middle

·  Cambridge International

Miami Arts Studio @ Zelda Glazer 6-12 (MAS)

·  Band  •  Broadcasting  •  Dance  •  Entertainment Law

·  Orchestra  • Theatre  • Technical Production  • Vocal

Miami Coral Park Senior High

·  Engineering & Robotics

Miami Lakes Educational Center

·  Career Themed Multi-Magnet

Miami Lakes Middle

·  Legal Studies/ Cambridge

Miami Norland Senior High

·  Colleges and Careers Pathways Academy

New World School of the Arts

·  Visual & Performing Arts

North Dade Center for Modern Languages

·  International Education

North Hialeah Elementary

·  Environmental STEM

North Miami Beach Senior High

·  AP Capstone

Ponce de Leon Middle

·  International Baccalaureate

Richmond Heights Middle

·  Zoology

Riviera Middle

·  Multimedia Industry Xperience (MIX)

·  Science, Technology & Investigative Research (STIR) 

Robert Morgan Educational Center

·  College & Career Multi-Magnet

Rockway Middle

·  Engineering & Robotics

South Miami K-8 Center

·  Visual & Performing Arts •  Computer Art Technology

·  Culturally Inspired Education

Southwood Middle

·  Visual & Performing Arts

TERRA Environmental Research Institute

·  Biomedical Research  •  Environmental Research & Field Studies  •  Robotics & Engineering Technology

West Miami Middle

·  STEM Technology & Environmental Sciences

Westland-Hialeah Senior High

·  College & Career Pathways


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