Top High Schools in the Miami, FL Metro (page 3)

Top High Schools in the Miami, FL Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Florida Atlantic University Schools

Florida Atlantic University Lab School District


Florida Atlantic University Schools partners with Florida Atlantic University to provide an aggressive dual enrollment school for top students. During their freshmen year, students take college-level Spanish and in their last three years enroll in only university courses at no charge.


While most students finish their bachelor’s degree after graduation, some students are able to graduate high school with both a high school diploma and a bachelor’s degree. Students can enroll in 12-21 hours of courses and have the option of taking classes during the college summer session. While online courses are available, students must come to the campus to do their coursework, which ensures that the staff can provide any needed support.


Students can participate in college activities, but also have an array of activities specifically for the high school, including Honor Society and Model UN. After their freshman year, students can participate in club-level university sports, but not NCAA level teams. The school also offers some competitive sports team, such as volleyball and track.


“Our students are motivated kids who do some really great things,” said Terry Watson, Dean of Students.



Jupiter High School

Palm Beach School District


Students at Jupiter High School receive a education balanced with an academically challenging curriculum, competitive sports teams, and many activities to choose from. The school offers specialty academies for Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Engineering Technology, JROTC, Environmental, Information Technology, and Medical Academy.


Through the academies, students learn how to use specialized technology, specific career skills and have unique internship opportunities. In addition, many AP and honors courses are taught and the school has a high AP pass rate.


The school, which was renovated in 2003, has over 60 classrooms with fully equipped laboratories. Technology is integrated throughout the school and the media center has a video production studio. Many students participate in the varied selection of activities and the school has received state recognition for its student government program. The band also receives rave reviews from students and has won many awards.



Maritime & Science Technology Academy

Dade School District


From marine-based courses to water-based athletic teams, the themes of maritime and water are part of every aspect of the Maritime & Science Technology Academy (MAST). The school is located within a facility with an open atrium area on the waterfront, which encourages collaboration and hands-on activities.


During the 100 minute class periods, many classes venture on the water via boat or take a nature walk to observe the wildlife near the ocean. Students select a major from three options: Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Maritime Studies and Culture, and Marine Related Industries.


Since students come to the school from as far as 50 miles away, the school offers many social activities and has a weekly activity period during the school day. The Coast Guard JROTC unit at MAST is the only program of its kind in the nation. MAST offers traditional high school sports teams, including swimming and water polo.


During recent budget cuts, teachers taught extra courses and the PSTA paid for summer school transportation, purchased technology for the school and paid for staff professional development.


“We have amazing parental involvement that has enabled us to maintain our unique program concept,” said Margaret Haun, Lead Teacher at MAST.



McFatter Technical Center

Broward School District


McFatter Technical Center prepares students for future careers and secondary education by allowing them them to earn technical certifications. The high school is located on the McFatter Technical Center campus and all classes are taught at an AP or honors-level.


Most students attend college after graduating, which enables the school to combat the stereotype of vocational high schools. McFatter graduates leave campus with a technical certification, such as pharmaceutical tech, automotive, or culinary, that allows them to hold a higher paying job during college.  

While McFatter Technical Center does not have athletic teams, the students benefit from an award winning PE program and access to college-level facilities, such as a swimming pool and tennis courts. While McFatter students can technically participate in athletic teams at their base school, the school day schedule makes it difficult for students to attend practices after school. To make sure that the students don’t miss out on many of the traditional high school experiences, the school has dances, a prom, and regular spirit days.  

“Kids from all backgrounds find that they can be themselves at McFatter,” said Lynn Goldman, Business and Community Partnerships Coordinator for Broward County School System.



New World School of the Arts

Dade School District


At the New World School of the Arts, students focus on artistic endeavors and simultaneously earn college credit at Miami-Dade Community College. Admission to the magnet school is based on a performance audition or a portfolio review.


In addition to high-level academic classes, the students study dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. During the school day, students study academic subjects for five hours and focus on specialty arts course for the remaining three hours. The school also offers a comprehensive AP program in both academic and art subjects.


The students are exposed to other cultures through their arts study and the school works to foster a global awareness. Parental involvement is high and the school partners with the local community for many events and performances.


“The pursuit of continued excellence through live performances, exhibitions and concerts presented with ethnic and cultural diversity showcase global artistic trends,” said Principal Lisa Noffo. “The inspiration and passion our students have for their art serves as a testament of the continued strength and excellence of this school’s curriculum.”



Pompano Beach High School

Broward School District


As an International Affairs and Information Technology magnet, Pompano Beach High School exposes students to different cultures and ideas while integrating the latest technology into instruction. The school boasts a 100 percent graduation rate and students are admitted to the school through a lottery.


In addition to being required to take four years of both math and science, students also complete three years of foreign language and three international business or technology courses. A daily online newspaper keeps students and staff updated on school news and events. Instead of traditional pen pals, the students learn about other cultures by Skyping with students in other countries.


While typical clubs and sports are offered, students can also participate in unique educational opportunities such as partnering with survivors from the WWII era to write their story or participating in the annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony put on by the Army JROTC to honor servicemen and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The National Honor Society is very active on campus and complete projects such as tutoring other students, volunteering at the polls during elections and organizing a Harvest Food Drive.


“Our international theme attracts a diverse group of students and staff to PBHS with twenty-two different languages and 27 different countries are represented,” said Principal Hudson Thomas.

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