Here’s The 10 “Best” Public High Schools In Miami. Do You Agree?

By Thomas Gerald

Everyone wants to be the best. The same is true for area high schools.

Among Miami Dade County’s 108 public high schools, there are many really great institutions. So for the sake of this list, we will rely on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings of Miami-Dade County public high schools. The three main categories used to determine these rankings are “college readiness”, average proficiency in math and the average proficiency in reading.

Below is the top ten public high schools in Miami-Dade according to the U.S. News & World Report in descending order.

10. Mater Academy Charter High (7901 Northwest 103rd Street, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016)

Ranked 23rd within Florida, Mater Academy Charter High is the 10th best school in Miami Dade County on this list. Mater Academy boosts a 65% proficiency in reading with a 77% in math and 58.8% college readiness (U.S. News calculated values based on student performance on state exams).Open since August 2002, Mater Academy offers the students the opportunity to take Advance Placement classes, allowing students to earn college credit while still in high school, with a participation rate of 87%.

  1. Doral Academy Charter High School (11100 NW 27th St, Doral, FL 33172)

Ranked just one above the previous entry within the state, Doral Academy has proficiency rating slightly above Mater (Reading, 74%, Math, 81%, College readiness 58.9%) and a 74% participation rate in the Advance Placement program.

  1. New World School of the Arts (25 NE 2nd St, Miami, FL 33132)

Ranked nationally as the 306th best, #20 in the state and 56th among magnet schools, New World is the 8th best school on this list. Starting as an experiment between Miami Northwestern Senior High and Miami Dade College, New World has become one of the top schools in the state for preforming and visual arts with some of the highest proficiency ratings in the state at 88% in reading, 89% in math and a 60.6 college readiness average.

  1. Coral Reef Senior High (10101 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33157)

Ranked #37 among Magnet schools in the nation, Coral Reef is the 7th best in Miami Dade County. Along with the Advance Placement program, Coral Reef is a magnet school that has programs in Leisure Medicine and Health Sciences, Agriscience and Engineering Technology, Business and Finance, Legal and Public Affairs and Visual and Performing Arts and also offers an International Baccalaureate program.

  1. Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy (11100 NW 27th St, Doral, FL 33172)

A public charter school, Doral Performing Art & Entertainment Academy has a small student body of 232 with a 77% proficiency in math and reading. The school has a 90% participation rate in its advance Placement program with a ranking of 13 in all of the state of Florida.

  1. Young Women’s Preparatory Academy  (1150 SW 1st St, Miami, FL 33130)

An all-female school on this list, Young Women’s Preparatory Academy is a magnet school located in Little Havana. This school has an enrollment of 404 with student reading proficiency at 89% with a college readiness percentage of 87.5%.

  1. MAST Academy (3979 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149)

A magnet school with focus on marine studies, MAST Academy student proficiency in reading is 94%; math is 94% with a college readiness index of 87.5%. Along with standard high school curriculum MAST academy affords student the opportunity to learn in different marine studies including Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (OAS), Maritime Studies and Culture (MSC), and Marine Related Industries (MRI).

  1. Archimedean Upper Conservatory Charter School (AUC) (12425 SW Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33183)

Another charter school, AUC is a member of the Archimedean Schools, a charter school system founded in 2002 by Archimedean Academy Inc. Students at AUC are chosen by lottery and pay no tuition. A grade A school, AUC’s curriculum and extracurricular activities are designed to offer students a disciplined and balanced education at the highest quality. AUC is ranked 5th in the state and 16th among other charter schools in America.

  1. Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) ( 4001 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137)

Ranked 2nd in the state and 6th among magnet school, DASH has programs in Architecture/Interior Design, Entertainment Technology, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Visual Communications/Web Design. DASH includes dual-enrollment college level design courses taught by professors from college with an eight course curriculum instead of the traditional six. DASH also says that it helps its students gain internships with Miami design firms.

  1. International Studies Charter High School (ISCHS) (2480 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135)

Formed by the Spanish, Italian and French Embassies, ISCHS is the top ranked school in Florida and the 4th ranked among charter schools. With a 100% college readiness index, ISCHS offers students studies in various languages including Italian, French and Spanish. Of all the schools in Miami-Dade county ISCHS has one of the most diverse student bodies in Miami. Proficiency ratings are above average in both reading and math for the school making it the top school in Miami Dade.

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Cover Photo Credit: International Studies Charter High School

This story was originally published on on June 10, 2015.

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