Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
1450 NE Second Avenue
Downtown, Miami, Florida 33132
Motto Giving our students the world.
Founded 1885
Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho
Enrollment 379,115[1] (4th-largest in U.S.)
 (May 18, 2009)
Language English or bilingual with Spanish, German, Haitian Creole, or Mandarin
Area Miami-Dade County, Florida
Teachers 23,566 [2]
Budget $4.3 billion[2]
Schools 415

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is a public school district serving Miami-Dade County, Florida. Founded in 1885, it is the largest school district in Florida and the Southeastern United States, and the fourth largest in the United States,[3] with a student enrollment of 380,006 as of July 5, 2010.[4]

The District is managed by the School Board of Miami-Dade County, which appoints a Superintendent to head the administrative portions of the district.[5] The current Superintendent is Alberto Carvalho, since September 12, 2008.[6]

The district is also the second-largest minority-majority public school system in the country, with 62% of its students being of Hispanic origin, 26% African American, 9% Non-Hispanic White, 1% Asian or Pacific Islander and less than 2% of other minorities.[7] Miami-Dade County Public Schools is also one of a few public school districts in the United States to offer optional International Studies Programs and bilingual education. Bilingual education is offered in Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Mandarin. MDCPS is the only school district in Florida to offer bilingual education in Mandarin.

Over 50% of MDCPS teachers are graduates of Florida International University.[8]



Beginnings (1800s)

Fort Lauderdale High School, founded in 1899, was one of the first public high schools in then-Dade County

The first meeting of school board, then known simply as the Dade County school board, took place in June 1885, eleven years before the city of Miami was created. At the time of this first school board meeting, Dade County encompassed nearly the entire southern part of Florida, from Lake Okeechobee south towards the Florida Keys; its population was reported as being only 400, however, this number probably did not include its native populations.

The county's first school opened in the fall of 1885 in what is today the town of Palm Beach, Florida, located in what is now Palm Beach County. A year or two later, the first public school within Dade County's current boundaries opened in a palmetto-thatched log house near Dinner Key in Coconut Grove. The school's student enrollment on the first day was only ten.

In 1893 the unincorporated hamlet of Miami was created, and with it came its second school, segregated as per Jim Crow Laws for its black population. The school was also located in present-day Coconut Grove. Between 1885 and the arrival of the railroad in 1896, the school board created and ran a total of fifteen different schools around Southern Florida.

1900s to 1930s

The turn of the 20th century launched Miami and its school system into decades of growth. By 1924, the county lines had shifted with the creation of Broward, Palm Beach, Lee, and Hendry counties. Despite losing jurisdiction over many of its schools in just twenty years, the school system still boasted thirty-three separate schools and a student population of nearly 5,000.

Following the 1926 Miami Hurricane, many schools were destroyed. The hurricane ended the 1920s land boom in Miami, and ushered in the great depression to the area long before the actual market crash occurred in 1929. The crash forced many more schools not destroyed by the hurricane to be closed. Beginning in 1930 the school board faced its first overcrowding and funding problems.

In 1928, Miami Senior High, the district's first secondary school, moved into its fifth and current location. The building cost over $1 million dollars to construct.

In 1926, the original Booker T. Washington Senior High School building opened in what is now the Overtown district. It was the only secondary black high school at the time in South Florida, having students from as far as Broward and Palm Beach counties attending the facilities.

In 1938, George Washington Carver Sr. High opened in Coral Gables, FL for the black residents of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables area. There were its rival schools such as North Dade Sr. High, Dorsey Sr. High and Mays Sr. High.

1940s to 1970s

World War II brought another population boom for Miami. Between 1945 and 1975, sixteen high schools, thirty middle schools, and forty-five grade schools were opened. Miami Edison Senior High School, the district's second all black secondary school, was expanded.

Miami Northwestern opened in 1951 to replace Dorsey which turned to a Jr. High until schools desegregated, Dade County Public Schools found that it was not operable for school anymore, so it was turned into an adult edu.

There is an elementary school near S.R. 112 and 27th Avenue called Bethune Elementary. This school was especially for the negros in Dade County. After desegregation, it was turned into a head-start school.

In 1957, North Dade Jr./Sr. High School Home of the Thunderbirds, opened for grades seven through tenth grades. As the years progressed, the grades went higher until 1960, North Dade's graduated its first class. After class of 1966, its status become Jr. High and its been that way since Jr. High Schools were phased out. Also in this year, Miami Dade Schools opened positions of Security Assistant was established, this would later evolve into the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department (Florida).

North Miami Beach Senior High School founded in 1971

On the morning of September 7, 1959, twenty-five African-American students stepped onto the grounds of Orchard Villa Elementary School and Air Base Elementary schools officially ending segregation within the school system. By the end of the academic year, nearly half the schools in the county had been desegregated when parents were given the option of enrolling their children in any school in the district, providing the child would have the proper transportation. Despite this law, many schools in Dade County did not become fully integrated until the late 1960s.

In 1961 the school system started a "Spanish for Spanish" program. With help from the Ford Foundation, they modified the program into a full bilingual education curriculum, with a pilot program at Coral Way Elementary School. The program was successful and later paved the way for the Bilingual Education Act of 1968.

Beginning in 1962, Dade County schools began to receive its first influx of Hispanic students, mainly from Cuba. This event was very significant in shaping the school system to what it is today.

In 1975, school boundaries were created, forcing students to attend the schools located within their area. This law allowed for any student to attend the school located closest to them, regardless of race or ethnicity.

School populations had flourished throughout most of the 1960s and 70s, but in the late 70s, a teacher walk-out forced a sudden drop in school population; ending rampant overcrowding, and forcing the closing of 11 schools. The sudden drop didn't last very long, as students that had left the school system for private schools began to return by the mid 1980s.

1980s to 1990s

Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School founded in 1998

Throughout the 1980s, the school district received merits for expertly assimilating wave after wave of new immigrants, particularly children from Nicaragua and Haiti, and from Cuba's Mariel Boatlift. It was highly regarded for its handling in displacing students after the 1982 Miami riot, in which 14 schools were badly damaged due to fire and vandalism.

In 1986, the district started the first International Studies Magnet Program at Sunset Elementary School, one of the first International Studies Program in the U.S. and the winner of the prestigious 2008 Goldman Sachs Prize for Excellence in International Education, focusing on implementing a challenging curriculum in Spanish, French, and German, in addition to English. The challenging world language curriculum is fully accredited by the Governments of Spain, France, and Germany, and is implemented through comprehensive agreements between the Ministries of Education of the partner countries and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The district, through the International Studies Magnet Program at Sunset Elementary School, started to produce bicultural, bilingual and biliterate students in English and a choice of Spanish, French, or German.

Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Dade County was commended for its quick action at rebuilding and reopening schools. Most schools had reopened within two weeks of the storm, and students that attended schools that had been completely destroyed were quickly displaced with free and efficient bus transportation. The district also used funding from the disaster to redo its entire curriculum, adding sex education to elementary schools, and foreign language programs to middle schools. It also opened fully funded magnet schools such as Coral Reef High School and Southwood Middle School which take in students from all over the county based on school performance (some schools are partial magnets, which also take in children from surrounding neighborhoods, while some are full magnets that only take in children based on merit). The district also re-opened Coral Way Elementary as its first bilingual school, which teaches its curriculum in both English and Spanish.

In 1996, the school board revamped itself under pressure to boost minority representation, expanding from seven to nine members, all elected for the first time from single member districts. Due to this, the number of black members doubled, and the number of Hispanic members quadrupled. The school board also began a new program to create K-8 Centers as a way of relieving overcrowding in middle schools.

In 1997, Dade County formally changed its name to Miami-Dade County, and the school board subsequently changed its name as well.

2000s and beyond

The early 21st century was characterized by the widespread adoption of information technology for everyday use by classroom teachers, students, and parents. One noteworthy process was the phased introduction of the Excelsior Software's Electronic Gradebook,[9] Riverdeep software, BrainPOP, TeenBiz,[10] and FCAT Explorer.[11]

School population became a problem yet again in the early 21st century,[12] with schools such as G. Holmes Braddock High School, Barbara Goleman High School, and Miami Springs High School reaching student populations of over 4,500. The sudden influx in student population has forced the school system to build and open nearly 40 new schools in many parts of the county - an ongoing project today.

In October 2001, Deputy Superintendent Henry Fraind retired under pressure[13] after it was discovered that a clique of longtime administrators and powerful outsiders exploited the district's vast resources.[14] Fraind got his Ph.D. from Pacific Western University in 1982, a noted diploma mill.[14]

Beginning April 26, 2004, under then new superintendent Dr. Rudy Crew, the school year was started three weeks earlier in order to synchronize the school district with the rest of the state.[15] Until this point, Miami-Dade County Schools was the only district whose students began school the last week of August rather than the first. This measure was also implemented to allow schools more time to ready themselves for the state's FCAT exam.[16]

In accordance with measures set forth by the State, schools that were graded as a D or F on the FCAT the previous academic year were put on an academic probation by the school board, giving the administration three years to bring the school's grade up to a C or higher before taking drastic measures, such as firing all teachers and administrators or removing funding for extracurricular activities.

In September 2008, the school board bought out[17] Dr. Rudy Crew's contract with the district due to mismanaging the budget and his relations with other board members.[18] He was replaced with Alberto Carvalho, who has been with the school system from being a science teacher to now being its current Superintendent.[19]

The school district is currently being monitored by the Florida Department of Education due to extremely low monetary reserves. Since Alberto Carvalho's appointment reserves have increased from 0.5% to 1.3% of the operating budget, however, this is well below the 5% recommended practice.[20]

Superintendent of Schools

  • Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho - Superintendent[21]

School Board Members

  • Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway - District 1 [5]
  • Dr. Solomon C. Stinson - (Chairman) District 2
  • Dr. Martin Karp - District 3
  • Ms. Perla Tabares Hantman - (Vice Chairman) District 4
  • Mr. Renier Diaz de la Portilla - District 5
  • Ms. Raquel Regalado - District 6
  • Ms. Ana Rivas Logan - District 7
  • Dr. Marta Pérez - - District 8
  • Dr. Larry Feldman - District 9
  • Dr. Jessica M. Serrano - District 10

Student Enrollment

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Student Enrollment as of Monday, June 20, 2011 is 335,832 total students.[22] The breakdown of students are shown below.

  • Active Students: 335,832
  • Pre-K Students: 5,528
  • Part-Time Students: 978
  • Current Adult/Vocational Students: 43,723 (Co-Enrolled High School: 12,529)

School rankings

In 2009, the following MDCPS high schools were ranked in U.S. News and World Report's annual "America's 100 Best High Schools" rankings:[23]

National Ranking [24] High school Enrollment Location
15. (Gold) Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) 483 Design District, Miami
66. (Gold) Maritime and Science Tech High School (MAST) 550 Virginia Key, Miami
82. (Gold) New World School of the Arts 489 Downtown Miami
95. (Gold) Coral Reef Senior High School 3,007 Miami
Silver Mater Academy Charter School 4,000 Hialeah Gardens
Bronze Turner Technical Arts High School 1,800 West Little River, Miami
Honorable Mention School for Advanced Studies 525 Downtown Miami
National Ranking [24] Top 10 U.S. magnet high schools Location
2. Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) Design District, Miami

In 2011, Newsweek's rankings of the 500 Best High Schools in America, eight MDCPS schools were ranked:

National Ranking [25] High school Enrollment Location
28. (4th in Florida) School for Advanced Studies 525 North, South, Wolfson and Homestead Campus
46. (7th in Florida) Maritime and Science Tech High School (MAST) 550 Virginia Key, Miami
53. Coral Reef Senior High School 3,007 Miami
251. Miami Palmetto Senior High School 4,093 Pinecrest
374. Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores 525 Miami Shores
404. Mater Academy Charter School 4,000 Hialeah Gardens
427. Mater Academy Lakes High School 2,000 Miami
456. Doral Academy Charter High School 2,000 Doral


The district covers a total of 415 institutions,[26] including:

  • 196 Elementary Schools
  • 56 Middle Schools
  • 22 K-8 Centers
  • 37 High Schools
  • 53 Charter Schools
  • 23 Vocational Schools
  • 5 Magnet Schools
  • 18 Alternative Schools
  • 5 Special Education Centers

Elementary schools

There are 197 elementary schools serving MDCPS. These schools usually teach grades run from Pre-K to 5th or 6th grade.[27]

  • Air Base Elementary School
  • Amelia Earhart Elementary School
  • Arch Creek Elementary School
  • Arcola Lake Elementary School
  • Auburndale Elementary School
  • Avocado Elementary School
  • Banyan Elementary School
  • Barbara Hawkins Elementary School
  • Bel-Aire Elementary School
  • Ben Sheppard Elementary School
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
  • Bent Tree Elementary School
  • Biscayne Elementary School
  • Biscayne Gardens Elementary School
  • Blue Lakes Elementary School
  • Bowman Foster Ashe Elementary School
  • Brentwood Elementary School
  • Broadmoor Elementary School
  • Bunche Park Elementary School
  • Calusa Elementary School
  • Campbell Drive Elementary School
  • Caribbean Elementary School
  • Carol City Elementary School
  • Carrie P. Meek/Westview Elementary School
  • Charles D. Wyche, Jr. Elementary School
  • Charles R. Drew Elementary School
  • Charles R. Hadley Elementary School
  • Christina M. Eve Elementary School
  • Citrus Grove Elementary School
  • Claude Pepper Elementary School
  • Coconut Grove Elementary School
  • Colonial Drive Elementary School
  • Comstock Elementary School
  • Coral Gables Elementary School
  • Coral Park Elementary School
  • Coral Reef Elementary School
  • Coral Terrace Elementary School
  • Crestview Elementary School
  • Cutler Ridge Elementary School
  • Cypress Elementary School
  • Dante B. Fascell Elementary School
  • David Farichild Elementary School
  • Devon Aire Elementary School
  • Dr. H. W. Mack/West Little River Elementary School
  • Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School
  • Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School
  • Dr. Manuel Barreiro Elementary School
  • E.W.F Stirrup Elementary School
  • Earlington Heights Elementary School
  • Edison Park Elementary School
  • Emerson Elementary School
  • Eneida Massas Hartner Elementary School
  • Ernest R. Graham Elementary School
  • Ethel F. Beckford/Richmond Elementary School
  • Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary School
  • Fairlawn Elementary School
  • Flagami Elementary School
  • Flamingo Elementary School
  • Florida City Elementary School
  • Frances S. Tucker Elementary School
  • Frank C Martin Elementary School
  • Frederick Douglass Elementary School
  • Fulford Elementary School
  • George Washington Carver Elementary School
  • Gertrude Edelmann/Sabal Palm Elementary School
  • Dr. Gilbert L. Porter Elementary School
  • Gloria Floyd Elementary School
  • Golden Glades Elementary School
  • Goulds Elementary School
  • Gratigny Elementary School
  • Greenglade Elementary School
  • Greynolds Park Elementary School
  • Gulfstream Elementary School
  • Henry E. S. Reeves Elementary School
  • Henry M. Flagler Elementary School
  • Hialeah Elementary School
  • Hialeah Gardens Elementary School
  • Hibiscus Elementary School
  • Holmes Elementary School
  • Howard Drive Elementary School
  • Hubert O. Sibley Elementary School
  • Irving & Beatrice Peskoe Elementary School
  • J.W. Johnson Elementary School
  • Jack D. Gordon Elementary School
  • James H. Bright Elementary School
  • Joe Hall Elementary School
  • Joella C. Good Elementary School
  • John G. Dupuis Elementary School
  • John I. Smith Elementary School
  • Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School
  • Kendale Elementary School
  • Kendale Lakes Elementary School
  • Kensington Park Elementary School
  • Kinloch Park Elementary School
  • Lake Stevens Elementary School
  • Lakeview Elementary School
  • Laura C. Sanders Elementary School
  • Lenora B. Smith Elementary School
  • Liberty City Elementary School
  • Lillie C. Evans Elementary School
  • Little River Elementary School
  • Lorah Park Elementary School
  • Ludlam Elementary School
  • Madie Ives Elementary School
  • Mae Walters Elementary School
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School
  • Martin Luther King Elementary School
  • Maya Angelou Elementary School
  • Meadowlane Elementary School
  • Melrose Elementary School
  • Miami Gardens Elementary School
  • Miami Heights Elementary School
  • Miami Park Elementary School
  • Miami Shores Elementary School
  • Miami Springs Elementary School
  • Morningside Elementary School
  • Myrtle Grove Elementary School
  • Naranja Elementary School
  • Nathan Young Elementary School
  • Natural Bridge Elementary School
  • Norland Elementary School
  • North Beach Elementary School
  • North County Elementary School
  • North Dade Center for Modern Language
  • North Glade Elementary School
  • North Hialeah Elementary School
  • North Miami Elementary School
  • North Twin Lakes Elementary School
  • Norwood Elementary School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Ojus Elementary School
  • Olinda Elementary School
  • Oliver Hoover Elementary School
  • Olympia Heights Elementary School
  • Orchard Villa Elementary School
  • Palm Lakes Elementary School
  • Palm Springs North Elementary School
  • Palmetto Elementary School
  • Parkview Elementary School
  • Parkway Elementary School
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary
  • Perrine Elementary School
  • Phillis Wheatley Elementary School
  • Phyllis Ruth Miller Elementary School
  • Pine Lake Elementary School
  • Pine Villa Elementary School
  • Pinecrest Elementary School
  • Poinciana Park Elementary School
  • Rainbow Park Elementary School
  • Redland Elementary School
  • Redondo Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • Robert Russa Moton Elementary School
  • Rockway Elementary School
  • Royal Green Elementary School
  • Royal Palm Elementary School
  • Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor Elementary School
  • Santa Clara Elementary School
  • Scott Lake Elementary School
  • Seminole Elementary School
  • Shadowlawn Elementary School
  • Shenandoah Elementary School
  • Silver Bluff Elementary School
  • Skyway Elementary School
  • Snapper Creek Elementary School
  • South Hialeah Elementary School
  • South Miami Elementary School
  • South Miami Heights Elementary School
  • South Pointe Elementary School
  • Southside Elementary School
  • Spanish Lake Elementary School
  • Springview Elementary School
  • Sunset Elementary School
  • Sunset Park Elementary School
  • Sweetwater Elementary School
  • Sylvania Heights Elementary School
  • Thena C. Crowder Elementary School
  • Toussaint L'Ouverture Elementary School
  • Treasure Island Elementary School
  • Tropical Elementary School
  • Twin Lakes Elementary School
  • Van E. Blanton Elementary School
  • Village Green Elementary School
  • Vineland Elementary School
  • Virginia A. Boone/Highland Oaks Elementary School
  • W. J. Bryan Elementary School
  • Wesley Matthews Elementary School
  • West Hialeah Gardens Elementary School
  • West Homestead Elementary School
  • West Laboratory Elementary School
  • Whispering Pines Elementary School
  • William A. Chapman Elementary School
  • William Lehman Elementary School
  • Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School
Miami Edison High School founded in 1930
Coral Gables High School founded in 1950

Middle schools

There are 59 middle schools serving MDCPS. They usually teach grades 6th to 8th, exceptional including 9th grade.[28]

  • Allapattah Middle School
  • Andover Middle School
  • Arvida Middle School
  • Brownsville Middle School
  • Campbell Drive Middle School
  • Carol City Middle School
  • Centennial Middle School
  • Charles R. Drew Middle School
  • Citrus Grove Middle School
  • Country Club Middle School
  • Cutler Ridge Middle School
  • Doral Middle School
  • George Washington Carver Middle School
  • Glades Middle School
  • Ham Middle School
  • Hammocks Middle School
  • Henry H. Filer
  • Herbert A. Ammons Middle School
  • Hialeah Middle School
  • Hialeah Gardens Middle School
  • Highland Oaks Middle School
  • Homestead Middle School
  • Horace Mann Middle School
  • Howard A. Doolin
  • Howard D. McMillan
  • John F. Kennedy Middle School
  • Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School
  • Jose de Diego Middle School
  • Jose Marti Middle School
  • Kinloch Park Middle School
  • Lake Stevens Middle School, grades 6-7
  • Lamar Louise Curry Middle School
  • Lawton Chiles Middle School
  • Madison Middle School
  • Arthur & Polly Mays Middle School
  • Miami Edison Middle School
  • Miami Lakes Middle School
  • Miami Springs Middle School
  • Nautilus Middle School
  • Norland Middle School
  • North Dade Middle School
  • North Miami Middle School
  • Palm Springs Middle School
  • Palmetto Middle School
  • Parkway Middle School
  • Paul W. Bell Middle School
  • Ponce de Leon Middle School
  • Redland Middle School
  • Richmond Heights Middle School
  • Riviera Middle School
  • Rockway Middle School
  • Ruben Dario Middle School
  • Shenandoah Middle School
  • South Dade Middle School, grades 4-8
  • South Miami Middle School
  • Southwood Middle School
  • Thomas Jefferson Middle School
  • W.R. Thomas Middle School
  • West Miami Middle School
  • Westview Middle School
  • Zelda Glazer Middle School
North Miami Senior High School founed in 1954

K-8 schools

There are 26 Kindergarten-to-8th grade (K-8) Centers serving MDCPS.[29] K-8 Centers are generally setup to serve communities with limited building space for two separate campuses. They are run as both an elementary and middle school out of the same campus with joint administration, staff, and schedules. Middle school-aged students generally have separate buildings dedicated to them.

  • Ada Merritt K-8 Center
  • Aventura Waterways K-8 Center
  • Bob Graham Education Center
  • Coconut Palm K-8 Academy
  • Coral Way K-8 Center
  • David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center
  • Devon Aire K-8 Center
  • Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center
  • Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center
  • Everglades K-8 Center
  • Fienberg/Fisher K-8 Center
  • Florida International Elementary & Academy
  • Frank C. Martin K-8 Center
  • Jane Roberts K-8 Center
  • Kenwood K-8 Center
  • Key Biscayne K-8 Center
  • Leewood K-8 Center
  • Leisure City K-8 Center
  • Linda Lentin K-8 Center
  • Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy
  • M.A. Milam K-8 Center
  • Miami Lakes K-8 Center
  • Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center
  • Silver Palms K-8 Center
  • Sunny Isles Beach Community School
  • Winston Park K-8 Center

High schools

There are 37 high schools serving MDCPS.[30] They teach grades from 9th to 12th. The first high school, Miami Senior High School, opened in 1898.

Miami Palmetto Senior High School founded in 1958

Magnet high schools

Miami Central High School founded in 1959

There are 16 Magnet High Schools serving MDCPS.[31] They normally serve grades 9th to 12th. These schools do not take in students from their area. Instead, students must apply and test into these schools which offer a specific course of study.

  • Coral Way School (1987) - Advanced Education (Colombia)
  • Academy for Advanced Academics (2009) - Advanced Education
  • Coral Reef High School (1997) - Visual and Performing Arts, Legal and Public Affairs, Leisure Medicine and Health Science, Business and Finance, Agriculture and Technical Engineering, International Baccalaureate
  • Design and Architecture High School (1990) - Architecture, Design (Industrial, Fashion, Entertainment Technology, Graphic Design), Fine Arts
  • Miami Beach Senior High (2009) - Global Studies and Global Citizenship (Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, Digital Media, Marine and Environmental Science, Entrepreneurship, and World Languages)
  • Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial High School - Law Studies, Forensic Science, and Homeland Security
  • Miami Coral Park Senior High School (1963) - Engineering
  • MAST Academy (1990) - Marine/Science
  • MAST @ Homestead Academy (2010) - Physical Therapy, Pharmecutical, and Biomedical(2011)
  • Miami Lakes Educational Center (1998)
  • New World School of the Arts (1987) - Music, Visual Arts, Dance, and Theater
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center (2002) Hospitality & tourism, Arts and Entertainment, Engineering, Health sciences, Information tech., Beusiness, Performing, Recording & Visual arts, Specialty Service Industries, Technical Career Services, and Cosmotology
  • School for Advanced Studies (1988) - Advanced Education
  • South Dade High School (2008) - Professional Services; International Finance, Business & Technology; Sports, Nutrition & Health Science; Visual & Performing Arts; Law Studies & Public Safety; and International Education (IB)
  • TERRA Environmental Research Institute (2009)- Environmental Science, Biomedical Research, Robotics and Engineering
  • William H. Turner Technical Arts High School (1993) - Technical School

Adult/vocational centers

There are 23 Adult/Vocational Centers, more commonly referred to as night schools, serving MDCPS.[32] These centers are set up for adults to earn their G.E.D, or for students older than the age of 16 to make-up classes they have failed and have no slots for in their daytime schedules. Some night schools also offer vocational programs and free English classes for non-native speakers. Adult Centers also offer free Citizenship classes. They also offer Saturday classes to accommodate those students who can't attend during the week. They are generally housed at high school campuses with classes taking place in the evening hours.

  • American High School Adult Center
  • Coral Gables High School Adult Center
  • D.A. Dorsey Educational Center
  • English Center
  • George T. Baker Aviation
  • Hialeah Adult Education Center
  • Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School Adult Center
  • Lindsey Hopkins Technology Center
  • Miami Beach High School Adult Center
  • Miami Coral Park High School Adult Center
  • Miami Jackson High School Adult Center
  • Miami Lakes Adult Education Center
  • Miami Palmetto High School Adult Education Center
  • Miami Senior High School Adult Education Center
  • Miami Springs Senior High School Adult Education Center
  • Miami Sunset High School Adult Center
  • North Miami High School Adult Center
  • Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute
  • South Dade High School Adult Center
  • South Dade High School Skills Center
  • Southwest High School Adult Center
  • William H. Turner Technical Adult & Community Education Center
  • Virtual Adult Center - Online School
Miami Springs High School founded in 1964

Charter schools

There are 53 Charter Schools that are set up as publicly funded, but are privately operated in MDCPS.[33] Currently, there are around 19,000 students enrolled in charter schools in the county. Students that attend charter schools do not need to pass an examination before being considered for a spot at the school, but must maintain specific grades and behavioral standards to maintain their enrollment at the school.

  • Academy of Arts & Minds (High)
  • A Child's Journey Charter School (Elementary)
  • Archimedean Academy (Elementary)
  • Archimedean Middle Conservatory (Middle)
  • Archimedean Upper Conservatory (High)
  • ASPIRA Eugenio Maria de Hostos Youth Leadership (Middle)
  • ASPIRA South Youth Leadership Charter School (Middle)
  • ASPIRA Raúl Arnaldo Martinez Charter School (Middle)
  • Aventura City of Excellence Charter School (K-8 Center)
  • Balere Language Academy (K-8 Center)
  • Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School (K-8 Center)
  • Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores (Middle/High)
  • Doral Academy (Elementary)
  • Doral Academy High School (High)
  • Doral Academy Charter Middle School (Middle)
  • Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy (High)
  • Downtown Miami Charter School (Elementary)
  • Early Beginnings Academy – Civic Center (Elementary)
  • Early Beginnings Academy – North Shore (Elementary)
  • Florida International Academy (Middle)
  • International Studies Charter High School (High)
  • Keys Gate Charter School (K-8 Center)
  • Lawrence Academy (Middle)
  • Life Skills Center Miami-Dade County (High)
  • Mater Academy East Charter School (Elementary)
  • Mater Academy Elementary School (Elementary)
  • Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School (Middle/High)
  • Mater Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy (High)
  • Mater East Academy Middle School (Middle)
  • Miami Children’s Museum Charter School (Elementary)
  • Miami Community Charter School (Elementary)
  • Oxford Academy of Miami (Elementary)
  • Pinecrest Academy Charter Middle School (Middle)
  • Pinecrest Preparatory Academy (Elementary)
  • Pinecrest Preparatory (High)
  • Renaissance Elementary Charter School (Elementary)
  • Renaissance Middle Charter School (Middle)
  • Rosa Parks Charter School/Florida City (K-8 Center)
  • Sandor Wiener School of Opportunity (Elementary)
  • Sandor Wiener School of Opportunity, South (Elementary)
  • School for Integrated Academics & Technologies (High)
  • Somerset Academy (Elementary)
  • Somerset Academy Charter High School (High)
  • Somerset Academy Charter Middle School (Middle)
  • Spiral Tech Elementary Charter School (Elementary)
  • Spirit City Academy (Middle)
  • Sunshine Academy (K-8 Center)
  • The Charter School at Waterstone (K-8 Center)
  • Theodore R. and Thelma A. Gibson Charter School (K-8 Center)
  • Transitional Learning Academy (Middle/High)
  • Youth Co-Op Charter School (K-8 Center)
Doral Middle School founded in 2001

Alternative schools

There are 16 Alternative Schools serving MDCPS.[34] They are set up for as a last resort for students that constantly have behavioral or extreme academic problems. Also, any child released from a Youth Detention Center must attend an alternative school until he or she is deemed ready to return to normal schools.

  • Academy for Community Education
  • Alternative Outreach Program
  • C.O.P.E. North Alternative Education
  • Corporate Academy North
  • Corporate Academy South
  • D.A. Dorsey Educational Center
  • Dorothy Wallace Educational Center
  • Headstart Transition Center
  • Jann Mann Opportunity Education
  • JRE Lee Educational Center
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • M-DVS, Miami Dade Virtual School/FLVS
  • Miami Douglas MacArthur North
  • Miami Douglas MacArthur South
  • TAP Program
  • The 500 Role Model Academy

Specialized centers

There are 5 Specialized Centers serving MDCPS.[35] They are set up for students that have extreme mental or learning disabilities which would impair them from attending classes with students that do not have such disabilities. It is becoming more and more common for regular schools to set up their own specialized education (Special Ed) programs.

  • Instructional Systemwide Center - Administrative office that runs the individual school programs.
  • Merrick Education Center
  • Neva King Cooper Education Center
  • Robert Rennick Education Center
  • Ruth Owens Krusé Education Center


MDCPS also owns and operates WLRN-TV (Channel 17), a PBS member television station, and WLRN-FM (91.3 FM), an NPR member radio station.

Notable Employees

  • William Conroy: ESOL teacher. Veteran extra and character actor who appeared in over 25 movies made in Italy, including The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.[36]
  • Lois Brooks: ESOL teacher. Actress in the 1960s cult film classic, Monster A Go Go.[37]
  • Carl Starling: Counselor. Former professional boxing prospect of the 1960s. Featured in the Ring Magazine. Actor who appeared in films with Frank Sinatra and Robert Redford.[38][39]
  • Steven Brack: ESOL teacher. Actor who worked in over a dozen movies.[40]
  • Milton Bowen: Security. Professional heavyweight boxer. Record 35-9-0. [41]

See also

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  25. ^ "High school". Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  26. ^ List of schools
  27. ^ List of Elementary Schools
  28. ^ List of Middle Schools
  29. ^ List of k-8 schools
  30. ^ List of high schools
  31. ^ List of magnet schools
  32. ^ List of Adult/Vocational Centers
  33. ^ List of charter schools
  34. ^ List of Alternative Schools
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