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   Dade County Schools

Serving nearly 300,000 students, the Dade County Public Schools System is ranked fourth largest in the United States.

Educators, administrators, and interested members of the private sector work together to meet the challenge of developing methods to strengthen the curriculum. In addition, Dade County is considered a front runner in the successful development of implementation of "school based management." This progressive concept results in "grass roots" decision-making concerning curriculum, budget and personnel by classroom teachers, school staffs and parents.

I am often asked for a comparison of the different schools in the South Florida area.  The following links gives you access to statistics for the various schools. 

Florida Schools Comparison
Florida Smart Education
Boundaries for Miami Dade Schools
School Directories
Individual School Profile Reports
Great Schools - School Comparison


Magnet Programs

Magnet Programs and Schools are located throughout Dade County. They attract students who are interested in studying specialized fields such as mathematics, science, engineering, foreign languages, architecture, marine sciences and the performing and visual arts. Racial balance is a consideration in placing students in a magnet program/school. Student transportation is provided according to established guidelines. Student programs/schools recruit students from within limited and specific boundaries; however, three of the district’s total magnet schools, Design and Architecture School (DASH), Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) and New World School of the Arts, recruit students from the entire district. Click here for more information on Magnet Schools.

Community Programs

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) and Parent Teacher-Student Associations (PTSA) operate at the schools and district levels to promote quality education and to bring the home and school into a closer working relationship.

The School Volunteer Program offers the opportunity for interested parents, nonparents, college students and senior citizens to spend time helping students and teachers. Several thousand citizen volunteers donate at least two hours a week to supervise field trips, tutor students, help in the library, perform clerical work and support a variety of school activities.

Ambassadors for Public Education is a program which was developed as a unique effort to interface each school with its community.

An ambassador is a trained and knowledgeable volunteer community member who performs a two-fold function. Ambassadors work to keep local businesses, real estate firms, and civic organizations informed about neighborhood school activities. Of importance to a newcomer m the area, ambassadors area available to answer questions about their school’s programs, staff and students. This knowledge from a parental perspective can provide valuable information for new parents moving into a specific attendance area.

Private Schools

Dade County has over 486 private schools which offer an abundance of choices. College preparatory programs for all levels, religious oriented education, and programs for students with special needs and requirements are available for those choosing an alternative to public education.

School Report Comparisons

  • Banyan Day School
    340 Palmero Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • The Child Care Center
    5275 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33143
  • Christian Day Care and Pre-Kindergarten
    5999 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33146
  • The Coral Gables School for Children
    45 Almeria Ave., Coral Gables FL 33134
  • Early Childhood Center
    Coral Gables Congregational Church
    3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL33134
  • Granada Day School
    950 University Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33144
  • The Growing Place
    First United Methodist Church
    536 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33143
  • Gulliver Academy
    Grades 9-12
    6575 N. Kendall Dr., MiamiFL
    Grades preK-8
    12595 Red Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
  • Guardian Shepherd Lutheran Christian Day School
    110 Phoenetia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Gulliver Preparatory School
    6575 North Kendall Dr., Miami, FL 33156
  • The Learning Experience
    536 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33156
  • Helen D. Cohen Early Childhood Program of Temple Judea
    5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33146
  • Riviera Day School
    6800 Nervia Street, Coral Gables, FL 33146
  • Saint Philip's Episcopal School
    1142 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • St. Theresa School
    2701 Indian Mound Trial, Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Westminster Christian
    6855 SW 152 St., Miami FL
  • Ransom Everglades
    Grades 6-12
    3575 Main Highway, Miami,FL


Universities in South Florida

  • Florida International University
  • University of Miami
  • Miami Dade Community College
  • Barry University
  • Miami Christian University
  • Florida Memorial College
  • Florida National College
  • International Fine Arts College
  • Miami Christian University  
  • St. Thomas University


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