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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 23, 2019
CONTACT:  Daisy Gonzalez-Diego
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
305-995-2060

M-DCPS Tops Nation with Highest Number of Magnet Schools Awarded Standards of Excellence National Certification Status

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior, TERRA Environmental Research Institute and Ponce De Leon Middle are among Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) seven newest additions to the roster of Certified National Magnet Schools. The other four are Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Senior, Howard D. McMillan Middle, and Lamar Louise Curry Middle schools.

 

All seven Magnet schools earned the added bonus of “Demonstration” for exceeding the criteria outlined in the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Standards of Excellence. With the addition of these schools, M-DCPS now has 28 certified magnet schools; with 14 earning the “Demonstration.” The total number of certified schools represents more than any other district in the country sanctioned by Magnet Schools of America to be amongst the highest quality Magnet schools in the United States.

MSA, located in Washington D.C., is the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. Its Standards of Excellence was created to recognize the most exemplary programs and is based on five educational pillars: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems, and family and community partnership. The certification process includes a nine-month evaluation process. Candidates must demonstrate through evidence, reflection and strategic action that they have established the Magnet School Standards of Excellence in their schools.

This certification process awards official national certification to Magnet schools that establish Magnet School Standards of Excellence. The designation was created to recognize the most exemplary Magnet programs.

 

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 72,000 students are enrolled in over 380 Magnet programs offered at 114 schools district-wide. For more information, go to: miamimagnets.org.

 

A complete list of M-DCPS’ magnet schools receiving national certification is as follows:

 

SCHOOL

Designation

Air Base K-8 Center for International Education

National Demonstration School

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts 6-12

National Demonstration School

Coral Gables Senior High School

National Demonstration School

Coral Reef Senior High School

National Demonstration School

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School

National Demonstration School

Howard D. McMillan Middle School

National Demonstration School

Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy

National Demonstration School

Lamar Louise Curry Middle School

National Demonstration School

Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy

National Demonstration School

New World School of the Arts

National Demonstration School

Ponce de Leon Middle School

National Demonstration School

Shenandoah Middle School

National Demonstration School

TERRA Environmental Research Institute

National Demonstration School

Young Women’s Preparatory Academy

National Demonstration School

BioTECH @ Richmond Heights 9-12

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Center for International Education: A Cambridge Associate School (CIE)

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH)

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Frank C. Martin K-8 Center

Nationally Certified Magnet School

G.W. Carver Middle School/Center for International Education

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Herbert A. Ammons Middle School

Nationally Certified Magnet School

International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA)

Nationally Certified Magnet School

iPrep Academy PreK-12

Nationally Certified Magnet School

John F. Kennedy Middle School BEAT Magnet Program

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST @ Homestead)

Nationally Certified Magnet School

South Miami K-8 Center

Nationally Certified Magnet School

Sunset Elementary School

Nationally Certified Magnet School

 

 

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