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If interested in any of the magnet school programs call 305.995.1922

For Bilingual Education call 305.995.1945

For the Board of Education for Miami-Dade call 305.995.1334

For Specialty High Schools Read Below (Alphabetical Order)


DASH was founded in 1990 by former principal Jacqueline Hinchey-Sipes, who coined the famous school motto "Education by Design". Over the past 15 years DASH has earned a reputation as one of Florida's strongest public high schools, with the school often making Miami-Dade county's highest marks on the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) exam and consistently receiving an assessment grade of A by the state. DASH has been featured in Dwell magazine, Teen People Magazine (Cool School of the Month, May 2000), and the Miami Herald. Newsweek Magazine recently ranked DASH as the 5th best public high school in the US for 2010. Over 95% of DASH graduates continue to college, with most students receiving scholarships from many of the nation's top art and design programs. The school was twice named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, in 1994 and 1995[1]. In addition to top design schools in the U.S. and abroad, DASH graduates have also been admitted to Yale University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, Harvard University, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins University.

The school features programs in Architecture/Interior Design, Entertainment Technology, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Visual Communications/Web Design. The curriculum includes a strong, four-year foundation in the fine arts, internships with local design firms, and dual-enrollment college-level design courses, such as performance art, taught by professors from local colleges as well as field professionals. Students take 8 courses a year (4 core classes, 2-3 art classes, and 1-2 electives) as opposed to the regular 6-course curriculum in most other Florida high schools. Located at 4001 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL. 33137 Ph. 305.573.7135


Coral Reef Senior High School is a secondary school located at 10101 S.W. 152nd Street in Miami, Florida. Coral Reef is locally known as "Miami's Mega Magnet School" since it offers six different magnet programs.

According to Newsweek's List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools (2008), the school is ranked at 19th in the nation, making it 4th in the state of Florida. In 2007, 2006 and 2005, it had ranked 22nd, 29th and 13th, respectively. This ranking is based on a ratio devised by Jay Mathews, which takes the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in that school year and divides it by the number of graduating seniors.

The school does not primarily serve the surrounding neighborhoods, but instead takes applications from middle school students all over the county. Selection is done via a lottery system for all magnet programs except for Visual & Performing Arts, for which acceptance is based on ability; students must audition for this program. Most students living around the Coral Reef area attend Miami Palmetto Senior High School or Miami Killian Senior High School.

Coral Reef had set the standard amongst other schools in Miami-Dade County as being the only school to receive an "A" grade for its performance on the FCAT examination for the first nine years of its existence. Due to this, the school receives higher funding than most other schools in the district. Coral Reef has three publications: the newspaper, Baitline, their yearbook, Tsunami, and the school's literary magazine, Elysium. The newspaper is published monthly while the yearbook and literary magazine are both published annually. The daily morning newscast, CRTV Live (originally known as Cudavision, and later adapted to include the channel number as Cudavision 21), airs on closed-circuit channel 21.

Coral Reef has six different magnets: International Baccalaureate, Leisure Medicine & Health Science, Business & Finance, Legal & Public Affairs, Agriscience & Engineering Technology, and Visual & Performing Arts:

Agriscience & Engineering Technology: students in this strand explore and study agronomy, horticulture, forestry, entomology, aquatics, environmental science, and mechanical technology.

Business & Finance: this strand introduces students to the broad career opportunities in the business and financial services industry, and in the process, equips them to make sound choices for the future.

Legal & Public Affairs: this academy is made up of two programs; legal and public affairs and criminal justice. The legal component uses the drama of the on-campus courtroom as well as Miami's Governmental system as a laboratory for students to learn about government and the promotion of individual and public welfare.

Leisure Medicine and Health Sciences: The Leisure Medicine and Health Science Academy provides students the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a career in the health care field by offering themes such as nursing assistant, pharmacy technician and first responder (emergency medicine).

Visual & Performing Arts: The Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Coral Reef Senior High School offers seven strands of specialization: Band, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Piano, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. Extensive art, sculpture and photography labs, dance and music studios, and a black-box theatre serve as settings for the students.

International Baccalaureate: The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a highly coordinated, rigorous course of study linking humanities, the sciences, mathematics, languages and community service. The curriculum of the IB diploma program incorporates standards that assume a high level of aptitude and achievement.

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Commonly knows as MAST ACADEMY is a nationally recognized, innovative school of choice with a marine theme. The academic focus is primarily maritime studies. Students choose one of three major areas of study in which a traditional U.S. high school curriculum is infused with maritime-related subjects. These major areas of study are Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (OAS), Maritime Studies and Culture (MSC), and Marine Related Industries (MRI). Some special course offerings include: Marine Science, Film Studies, Solar Energy, Environmental Science, Sea Classics, Swimming, Ethics and Leadership, and Water Safety.

MAST Academy is located on Virginia Key, a barrier island between Miami and Key Biscayne, across the street from the Miami Seaquarium and within walking distance from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The main sports are water polo, swimming, sailing, and crew. The men and women's Soccer Teams are also competitive.

MAST is very active in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition, having established a tradition of placing first in the state and a fifth place national showing in 2006. The Black History Brain Bowl team won the 2006 Regional Championships.

MAST is home to the first Coast Guard JROTC chapter in the country.

The band of MAST Academy is the steel drum band directed by Vincent Hamilton. The steel drum band won their division in the Florida State High School Jazz Band Competition in 1999.

The school's mascot is the mako shark named Isurus The Beacon, MAST's student-run newspaper, and the yearbook, Mako Fuka, have received Gold Medals from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Located at 3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL. 33149

Ph# 305-365-6278. for more information on this excellent school visit the school website


2231 Prairie Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139-1595
(305) 532-4515

History: Miami Beach High opened its doors in 1926. Originally Miami Beach Sr. High was located at 1424 Drexel Avenue in the heart of the South Beach district. Miami Beach Sr. High is one of the oldest high schools in Miami-Dade County, trailing only Miami Senior High (1903). It was designed by August Geiger. For the first nine years of the school, it was named after Carl Fisher's mother, Ida M. Fisher. (Mrs. Fisher's middle initial was NOT "M." and the use of that letter was due to a typographer's error. Carl didn't care and was so pleased that the school had been named for his mother that he stated that the incorrect letter did not make a difference to him.) Carl Fisher provided the funds for the purchase of the land and the first principal was Mr. C. C. Carson. The first-class motto was: "Let us be known for our deeds". At that time the school's nickname was the Typhoons, but this name was changed to Hi-Tides after it moved to its new location at 2231 Prairie Ave, a few blocks north of the South Beach district. Starting in 2009–2010 school year, Miami Beach High became a magnet school. Starting in the 2010-2011 school year, Miami Beach High will be recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School

Public School Type: Magnet
Motto: Hi-Tides for Life
Student/Teacher ratio: 17
Grade: B
Colors: Scarlet, Silver & White

Another Excellent Magnet School With World Fame:


(NWSA) is a public magnet high school and college in Miami, Florida with dual-enrollment programs in visual arts, dance, theatre, musical theatre, instrumental music, and vocal music. The school's main building is located at 25 NE 2nd Street, Miami, and holds other classes on the Miami Dade College (MDC) Wolfson Campus. Both the college and the high school are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. New World has the distinction of also being known as the Fame School of the South.

Students are accepted into the high school program through auditions or art portfolio reviews. High School students are taught by teachers employed by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) system for their basic core curriculum, as well as many of the same adjunct professors for their arts programs as in the conservatory program. Students graduate with a high school diploma, as well with 30 dual enrollment arts credits awarded from Miami Dade College. The governing bodies of the high school are MDCPS, MDC and UF.

The college awards an Associate of Arts degree from MDC, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Florida (UF). UF and MDC are the governing bodies of the college. Campus: The main building (the 5000 Building) houses most of the high school academic classes as well as both the high school and college administration units, dance studios, theaters, and art studios. The MDC Wolfson Main building (the 1000 Building; located at 300 NE 2nd Avenue) houses some science facilities. All music classes are held across the street from the MDC Wolfson Building at the aptly named Music Building (the 4000 Building; also houses MDC's Alumni Association, located at 401 NE 2nd Avenue). For additional information visit the school website at


The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism-(AOHT) –
Through this magnet, emphasis is placed on careers in tourism hospitality management, sports medicine and management, entertainment, and administration.

Norland C.A.R.E.S.
Children Advocacy, Research, Education, and Service Magnet
Through this magnet, emphasis is placed on careers in education. These students work as teachers’ aides, tutors, and mentors to prepare them for adult roles as leading, goal setting community servants and educators.

Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
Through this magnet, emphasis is placed in the areas of art, drama, dance, chorus, and music.

Academy of Legal Services and Public Law
Through this magnet, students have the opportunity to explore areas in criminal justice, firefighting, homeland security, JROTC, law enforcement, and legal services.



For further information on any of the programs or school listed above or for other School Choices and Parental Options contact MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD MEMBERS OFFICE LOCATED AT: 1450 Ne 2ND Avenue Miami, Fl. 33132, Ph# 305-995-1334.

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