Top High Schools in the Miami, FL Metro (page 4)

Top High Schools in the Miami, FL Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011



School for Advanced Studies

Dade School District


Located on Miami-Dade Community College campuses, the School for Advanced Studies offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to graduate high school with both a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree. Three of the five campuses – North, South and Wolfson – are on’s list of highly rated schools. During the morning, students attend college-level courses alongside college students and take high school AP courses in the afternoon. The school is academically intensive and all students graduate with at least 45 college credits.


While students can take part in college clubs and activities, the School for Advanced Studies also offers activities just for the high school students, such as Dance Team, Key Club, Model UN and Science Club. Students also have traditional high school experiences, such as dances, prom and a Grad Night.


Each student receives individual attention from the staff through weekly meetings with their advisor and independent study time with teachers during the school day. The school also instructs students on real world skills such as resume and stress-reduction, and skills needed to transition to college, such as finding financial aid.


“Our school offers a nurturing learning environment that is all centered on academic excellence,” said Dr. Omar Monteagudo, Principal of the School for Advanced Studies.



Spanish River Community High School

Palm Beach School District


Visitors walking the halls at Spanish River Community High School often comment how friendly the students are with each other and how few students are sitting alone during the school day. Students turn out in droves for school events and give back to the community through a variety of service projects.


The administration is very open to suggestions from the students and works with the student body to create a better school. There are many clubs available, but students can also start their own. The school also offers many athletic teams for kids to play on.


The magnet school offers four different academies within the school to help students focus their interests. Students in the Biotech Academy attend class in the multi-million dollar complex and use state of the art technology to study medicine. The Business academy focuses on entrepreneurship and most students participate in an internship. Students interested in history and law can attend the Gilder Lehrman American History and Law Academy, while future teachers can enroll in the Early Childhood Academy. Regular education classes are also available for students not interested in an academy.


“Our kids are serious about doing the best every day in school and that makes us a great school,” said Ira Sollod, Assistant Principal at Spanish River Community High School.



Suncoast Community High School

Palm Beach School District


Suncoast Community High School stresses relationship building to help prepare students to become global citizens. The magnet school currently has four different magnets within Computer Science, Interdisciplinary, International Baccalaureate, and Math, Science and Engineering. The school will also be offering the IB Middle Years program (an IB continuum for K-12) as an umbrella program in the near future.


The school works to form relationships through a mentoring program in which tenth graders meet with freshmen weekly to help them transition to high school. The students form relationships with the community through volunteering and mentoring elementary students at the neighboring school. Each year, the school hosts a career showcase for students to meet 150 professionals and explore various career possibilities.


As a reflection of the diversity at Suncoast Community High School, there are over 40 cultural and language clubs, and 140 overall clubs on campus.


“Our overreaching framework is to develop them so that they can serve in leadership in a global society,” said Dr. Linda Cartlidge, Principal of Suncoast High.



West Boca Raton High School

Palm Beach School District


Students at West Boca Raton High School can enroll in one of the four academies to help further their future career interest. Students interested in pursuing a future in food preparation can enter the Culinary Arts academy, while The Information Technology academy provides a business foundation, in addition to computer science courses. The Drafting and Design academy receives high marks in critical thinking and technical skills, and student considering a profession in health care can prepare for future schooling in the Medical Sciences academy.


The school opened in 2006 and has technology integrated throughout the campus. After the final bell, students have many chances to become well-rounded and pursue other interests. Students can play on one of the many athletic teams and choose from a wide variety of clubs. The performing arts programs, especially the band, are top-notch and have an excellent reputation.


The mission statement of West Boca Raton High School sums up the school -- “With the support and active participation of our parents and community, West Boca High students will be prepared for their future endeavors in college, continuing education and the career world.”



Please note that only schools in the following Florida counties were considered for this article: Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Essex.

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