Top High Schools in the Miami, FL Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 18 high schools in the Miami Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Palm Beach School District
Students with a potential successful career in the arts have an opportunity to pursue specialty arts programs while earning a high school diploma at the Alexander W Dreyfoos Junior School of the Arts. Admission to the magnet school is through an application process and based on an audition or portfolio review. The school has a very low absentee rate, and the school’s location in downtown Palm Beach allows students to take advantage of community resources, such as the performing art center across the street.
Specialty arts programs include communications arts, dance, band, piano, strings, vocal, theater, visual arts, and digital media. While performance and fine arts are the focus of the school, students also complete an academically challenging curriculum, including honors and AP courses. In addition to nine different sports, the kids can participate in many traditional high school clubs and art honor societies.
“Our kids love to go to school and Dreyfoos School of the Arts is a very happy place to attend school,” said Nell Sapp, Principal at Alexander W Dreyfoos Junior School of the Arts.
Broward School District
At Atlantic Technical Center, a magnet high school, students can earn professional certifications while also earning a high school diploma. The school has 600 students and is located on the campus of Atlantic Technical Center, a technical community college. Students meeting admission criteria to the magnet high school can enter into the admissions lottery.
In addition to being able to take one of the 13 AP classes, students can dual-enroll in college courses or enroll in a technical program. Students can graduate from high school with professional certification, such as licensed practical nurse, pharmacy technician and networking professional. The school helps students study and find financing for licensing exams for these certifications. Over 95 percent of the students go on to attend post-secondary education and use the skills learned in high school to earn higher wages while attending college.
While the magnet school does not offer sports programs, students can play on athletic teams at their base high school. Atlantic Technical Center High School offers extracurricular activities for the high school students, including an award-winning Robotics Team and National Honor Society.
“Our staff is very dedicated to our students and student learning. We make sure learning takes place in the best way for each student,” said Neddie Lynn, Assistant Director, High School Administrator of Atlantic Technical Center High School.