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Top 5 Schools In Dade County

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida, Dade County is also known as Miami-Dade County after the county's largest city. Learn why these public schools are the top five in a county with the fourth largest school district in the U.S.

  1. Design and Architecture Senior High School - Featuring programs in architecture/interior design, fashion design, industrial design, entertainment technology and visual communications/web design, this continually high-ranking fine arts school has been educating students in grades 9 through 12 for 23 years. The graduation rate is 100% and many graduates receive higher-education scholarships.
  2. New World School of the Arts - A downtown Miami magnet school with 472 students, this high school (grades 9-12) has a graduation rate of 99% and consistently high test scores. Preparing students to wear the cap and gown, this high school has small class sizes and a diverse student base.
  3. Ada Merritt K-8 Center - For over 50 years, students in grades Pre-K through 8 are taught in this Miami-area elementary and middle school for commuters. A magnet school open to students of Dade, Broward and Monroe counties, the school website states their "curriculum design was created to expand multilingual education and increase opportunities for students to become bilingual and biliterate."
  4. Coral Reef Senior High School - A high school encompassing grades 8 through 12 located in the Richmond Heights section of Miami, this magnet school has 3, 212 students with a range of ethnic and racial backgrounds. A 98% graduation rate and stellar test scores round out the equation.
  5. Calusa Elementary School - With 909 students, this small school educates students in grades pre-K through 5. Calusa Elementary School in Miami has a student teacher ratio of about 1:15. With an high Hispanic student base, this consistently A-ranking school teaches "sensitivity, awareness and an understanding of our cultural diversity."
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