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Friday, January 26, 2024

M-DCPS Receives More National Magnet Merit Awards than any other District in the U.S.

Magnet Schools of America (MSA), a national organization representing more than 4,000 magnet schools and programs, has recognized Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) with 84 awards for the 2023-2024 award cycle. This is more than any other district in the country. MSA annually recognizes magnet schools and programs for their commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts, specialized teaching staff and parent/community involvement.

M-DCPS received 42 Magnet Schools of Excellence Merit Awards and 42 Magnet Schools of Distinction Merit Awards. Schools awarded the Magnet Schools of Excellence Merit Award excelled in all areas measured and serve as National Exemplary Magnet School Models. Notably, among them, 19 schools stood out as Top Magnet Schools of Excellence.

This year’s awards have propelled the total Magnet Merit Awards received by M-DCPS to an impressive 613 over the past 12 years. This accomplishment underscores the district's commitment to fostering dynamic educational environments that adhere to the Magnet School standard of excellence. As we celebrate this milestone, M-DCPS continues to prove that we are the best choice for education in Miami-Dade for children and families, consistently providing an exceptional educational experience.

M-DCPS’ Schools of Excellence Merit Award recipients for 2024 are as follows:



Ada Merritt K-8 Center

  • Dual Language International Baccalaureate Programme

Air Base K-8 Center for International Education

  • International Education/ Cambridge International

Ben Sheppard Elementary School
(Top School of Excellence)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

BioTech @ Richmond Heights 9-12 Senior High School

  • Conservation Biology

Center for International Education A Cambridge Academy
(Top School of Excellence)

  • Cambridge International – College Preparatory

Coconut Palm K-8 Center

  • Agriscience Engineering
  • Medical Technology

Coral Gables Senior High School

  • Academy of Finance
  • International Baccalaureate

Cutler Bay Senior High School

  • Cutler Bay Ocean Academy of Science and Technology

Design and Architecture Senior High School

  • Architecture, Fashion, Film, Graphics, Industrial Design

Dr. Henry E. Perrine Academy of the Arts

(Top School of Excellence)

  • Visual and Performing Arts

Dr. Micheal M. Krop Senior High School

  • Visual and Performing Arts Program: Chorus, Dance, Band and Orchestra, Theatre, and Visual Arts

Earlington Heights Elementary School
(Top School of Excellence)

  • International Baccalaureate

Felix Varela Senior High School

  • Veterinary Science, iPrep, Global Studies

Frank C. Martin K-8 Center

  • International Baccalaureate

George Washington Carver Middle School
(Top School of Excellence)

  • International Programs

Howard D. McMillan Middle School
(Top School of Excellence)

  • Cambridge, Robotics Engineering and Medical Health Sciences

International Studies Preparatory Academy

(Top School of Excellence)

  • International Programs

iPrep Academy North

  • Cambridge International Data Science, Machine Learning

iPreparatory Academy

  • International Education/Global Leadership

Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School

  • Cambridge International

Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy

(Top School of Excellence)

  • Math & Science Technology

Lamar Louise Curry Middle School

(Top School of Excellence)

  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

Lawton Chiles Middle School

  • Cambridge International

Maritime & Science Technology Academy (MAST)

(Top School of Excellence)

  • Cambridge International, STEM, Maritime & Science Technology

MAST@ FIU Biscayne Bay Campus

  • Marine and Environmental Science (STEM)

Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST @Homestead)
(Top School of Excellence)

  • Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Physical Therapy, iMed

Miami Lakes Educational Center
(Top School of Excellence)

  • Applied Technology, Cambridge, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Health Science, Information Technology

Miami Lakes Middle School

  • Legal Studies/ Cambridge

Miami Norland Senior High School

  • College and Career Pathways

Miami Southridge Senior High School

  • AP Capstone, Criminal Justice, Business Innovation & Management, Coding & App Development, and Gaming Design & Animation

Miami Springs Senior High School

(Top School of Excellence)

  • ITECH:  Video Game, Simulation, and Animation, Hospitality & Tourism

North Dade Center of Modern Languages
(Top School of Excellence)

  • International Language

Ponce de Leon Middle School

(Top School of Excellence)

  • International Baccalaureate

Richmond Heights Middle School

  • STEM: Botany & Zoology

Rockway Middle School

  • Engineering & Robotics
  • Legal Studies

Shenandoah Middle School
(Top School of Excellence)

  • Museum Studies

South Dade Senior High School

  • Agriculture, Childcare, Health Sciences, International Baccalaureate, Engineering – Robotics, Entrepreneurship

South Miami Senior High School

(Top School of Excellence)

  • Visual and Performing Arts

Southwood Middle School

(Top School of Excellence)

  • Visual and Performing Arts

Sunset Elementary School

  • International Studies

TERRA Environmental Research Institute

(Top School of Excellence)

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

W.R. Thomas Middle School

  • Cambridge International


 M-DCPS Schools of Distinction Merit Award recipients for 2024 are as follows:




Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts

·       Visual, Performing and Communicative Arts

Barbara Goleman Senior High School

·       Information Systems Technology, Digital Marketing, Financial Technologies, STEM Advanced Placement Capstone, Advanced Placement Capstone, Forensic Science, Law Enforcement/ Intelligence Studies, Cybersecurity

Charles R. Drew K-8 Center

·       Visual and Performing Arts

Coral Reef Senior High School

·       International Baccalaureate

Country Club Middle School

·       Biomedical

·       Forensics

G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School

·       Cambridge International Program, Information Technology, iPrep

George Washington Carver Elementary School

·       International Programs

Hammocks Middle School

·       Pre-Law

·       Apple Coding

Henry S. West Laboratory School

·       Global Focus

Herbert A. Ammons Middle School

·       International Baccalaureate

Hialeah High School

·       Visual and Performing Arts

Hialeah Middle School

·       Visual and Performing Arts

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School

·       Digital Media Technology & Entrepreneurship, iPrep, Legal Studies

Homestead Senior High School

·       Practical Nursing, Hospitality & Tourism, Veterinary Science

Hubert O. Sibley K-8 Academy

·       STEM / STEAM Arts Integration

Joella C. Good Elementary School

·       Montessori

John A. Ferguson Senior High School

·       International Baccalaureate, International Business and Finance, Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Biomedical

John F. Kennedy Middle School

·       Bio-Medical / Environmental / Agricultural / Technology (BEAT)

Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School

·     Law Studies, Homeland Security, Forensic Science

Miami Coral Park Senior High School

·       Engineering & Robotics, Architecture, Biomedical, Construction

Miami Northwestern Senior High School

·       Medical & Allied Health Services

·       Visual and Performing Arts

Miami Springs Middle School

·       Coding & Animation

Miami Sunset Senior High School

·       Medical Magnet, Communications, Cybersecurity, Engineering

New World School of the Arts

·       Visual and Performing Arts

Norland Middle School

·       Visual and Performing Arts

North Dade Middle School

·       International Baccalaureate

North Hialeah Elementary School

·       Environmental Science

Palm Springs Middle School

·       Multimedia Entertainment Technology

Paul W. Bell Middle School

·       Cambridge International

Phyllis Ruth Miller Elementary School

·       Montessori

Pine Lake Elementary School

·       Botany and Zoology STEM

Redland Middle School

·       Agriscience

·       Robotics

Riviera Middle School

·       Science, Technology & Investigative Research, Multimedia Industry Xperience

Robert Morgan Senior High School

·       Digital Media Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Health Science, Visual and Performing Arts

Ruben Dario Middle School

·       Medical and Health Sciences

South Miami K-8 Center

·       Computer Art Technology

·       Visual and Performing Arts

South Miami Middle School

·       Visual and Performing Arts

Southwest Miami High School

·       Banking and Finance

West Miami Middle School

·       STEM: Marine & Environmental Sciences

Westland Hialeah Senior High School

·       College and Career Pathways, Health & Allied Science, International Business & Finance

WJ Bryan Elementary School

·       Museum Studies

Young Women’s Preparatory Academy

·       Leadership


All awards will be presented at the 41st National MSA annual conference to be held April 16-20, 2024, in New York CityFor more information, visit

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