From the Miami-Dade County Public Schools website:
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries.
TRANSLATION: We’re too big, our website(s) (Heaven forbid we have ONE comprehensive website that can answer ALL your questions) suck for dispersing information to parents, and don’t call us because we won’t answer the phone.
Read about Mommy Mafia MIAMI’s experience dealing with MDCPS and the “Controlled Choice Schools” program HERE.
MMM put together the links below to (hopefully) help if you are looking for information about Miami Dade schools.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Homepage
Miami-Dade County Public Schools District Boundary Maps
Informative article (with boundary maps): Coral Gables Public Schools
Miami-Dade School District Charter Schools Homepage
Miami-Dade School District Controlled Choice
Miami-Dade School District Controlled Choice Admission Procedures
Miami Herald Article: ‘Controlled Choice’ for School Admission Goes Beyond Proximity
Controlled Choice Application Guidelines
Eligibility: Students must reside within the designated controlled choice boundary of school selected. Applications are accepted between grades K-5. Proof of address is required at the time of application. All applicants are subject to verification of address for eligibility purposes.
Timelines: Application period begins March 15th, annually.
Contact appropriate Region or school for specific dates.
Process: Applications are available at each controlled choice school. Applications are completed and submitted at the schools. At this time, parents are advised whether additional documentation is needed.
Student assignment is determined by computerized random selection twice yearly, in May and July, based on seat availability per school and grade level. Additionally, the following weighted factors are considered:
• siblings (living together) with proximity to school;
• siblings with no proximity;
• proximity with no siblings; or
• no siblings or proximity.
All students that apply through this process will receive a school assignment. Parents will receive a letter, via U.S. mail, notifying them of their child(ren)’s school assignment.
Miami-Dade School District Magnet Program
Magnet Application period: Link for Application Here
Oct 1 –Jan 15
Random Selection process Feb 28
Notification Period Mar 15
Response to Notification Due Mar 29
Miami-Dade School District Gifted Program
Miami-Dade School District School Calendar 2016-2017
VPK Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten – Florida’s Free Pre-Kindergarten Education program for 4 Year olds (Miami-Dade website)
VPK Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten – Florida’s Free Pre-Kindergarten Education program for 4 Year olds (VPK site)