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For Fifth Straight Year, M-DCPS Receives More National MSA Merit Awards than Any Other District

Magnet Schools of America (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.  In total, Miami-Dade County Public Schools received 37 awards for the 2015-2016 award cycle. For the fifth year in a row, M-DCPS out-performed all other school districts nation-wide.

Eighty nine schools across the United States received the coveted Magnet Schools of Excellence Merit Awards, eight of which were awarded to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Additionally, Miami-Dade County magnet schools received 29 of 169 Magnet Schools 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 Schools of Excellence Merit Award not only exceled in all areas measured, but serve as National Exemplary Magnet School Models.

Miami-Dade County’s award-winning public magnet schools for 2016 are as follows:

SCHOOL MAGNET THEME(S) MERIT AWARD  
Ben Sheppard Elementary School
  • Science, Technology,  Engineering and Mathematics
School of Excellence  
BioTech @ Richmond Heights 9-12
  • Conservation Biology
School of Excellence  
Coconut Palm K-8 Academy
  • Agriscience Engineering
  • Medical Technology
School of Excellence  
Dr. Henry E. Perrine Elementary School
  • Visual and Performing Arts
School of Excellence  
Frank C. Martin K-8 Center
  • International Baccalaureate
School of Excellence  
George W. Carver Middle School
  • International Studies
  • International Education
School of Excellence  
Hammocks Middle School
  • Pre-Law

 

School of Excellence  
Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST @ Homestead)
  • BioMedical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • iMed
  • Physical Therapy
School of Excellence  
Air Base K-8 Center
  • International Education/ Cambridge International
School of Distinction  
Arthur & Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts
School of Distinction  
Coral Reef Senior High School
  • International Baccalaureate
School of Distinction  
Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH)
  • Architecture/Interior Design
  • Industrial Design/Product & Transportation
  • Fashion Design
  • Entertainment Technology Film
  • Visual Communications / Graphic Design
School of Distinction  
Felix Varela Senior High School
  • Veterinary Science
School of Distinction  
Herbert A. Ammons Middle School
  • International Baccalaureate
School of Distinction  
Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School
  • iPrep Academy
School of Distinction  
Howard D. McMillan Middle School
  • Cambridge International/Robotics
School of Distinction  
International Studies Preparatory Academy (ISPA)
  • International Studies
School of Distinction  
iPrep Academy Pre-K – 12
  • International Education/Global Focus
School of Distinction  
John A. Ferguson Senior High School
  • International Business and Finance
School of Distinction  
John F. Kennedy Middle School
  • Bio-Medical / Environmental / Agricultural / Technology (BEAT)
School of Distinction  
Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy
  • Math & Science Technology
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics/Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences
School of Distinction  
Lamar Louise Curry Middle School
  • International Baccalaureate
School of Distinction  
Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School
  • Law Studies
  • Homeland Security
  • Forensic Science
School of Distinction  
Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy
  • Maritime and Science Technology
School of Distinction  
Miami Springs Senior High School
  • iTECH
School of Distinction  
New World School of the Arts
  • Visual and Performing Arts
School of Distinction  
North Miami Beach Senior High School
  • AP Capstone
School of Distinction  
Ponce de Leon Middle School Int’l Baccalaureate School of Distinction  
Richmond Heights Middle School
  • Zoology
School of Distinction
Riviera Middle School
  • Science, Technology & Investigative Research  (S.T.I.R.)
School of Distinction
Shenandoah Middle School
  • Museum Studies
School of Distinction
South Miami K-8 Center
  • Visual and Performing Arts
School of Distinction
Southside Elementary
  • Museum Studies
School of Distinction
Southwest Miami Senior High School
  • Banking and Finance
School of Distinction
Sunset Elementary School
  • International Studies
School of Distinction
TERRA Environmental Research Institute
  • Biomedical Research
  • Environmental Research & Field Studies
  • Robotics & Engineering Technology
School of Distinction
W.R. Thomas Middle School
  • Cambridge International
School of Distinction
 
 

All awards will be presented at the national MSA annual conference hosted here in Miami, May 4-6, 2016.

In addition, Magnet Schools of America recognizes top magnet school principals regionally and nationally. Martin Reid, Principal of Arthur & Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts, was selected from an applicant pool of magnet school principals from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands as the 2016    Region III Magnet Schools of America Principal of the Year. Mr. Reid advances as a finalist for the coveted national MSA Principal of the Year Award.

Also, Ms. Vivian Gonzalez, a teacher at South Miami K-8 Center, was selected from an applicant pool of Magnet school teachers as the Region III Magnet Schools of America  2016 Teacher of the Year. As the Region III representative, Ms. Gonzalez is a finalist for the national MSA Teacher of the Year.

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 six themes of study: Careers & Professions; International Programs; Liberal Arts; Mathematics, Science, & Technology; Virtual Programs; and Visuals & Performing Arts. Since opening its first magnet program in 1973, M-DCPS has greatly expanded magnet options. Currently, over 64,000 students are enrolled in over 375 magnet programs offered at more than 110 schools district-wide.

For more information, go to: miamimagnets.org.