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Coral Gables High School

Since opening its doors in 1950, Coral Gables High School, 450 Bird Road, has provided a comprehensive four-year secondary education. Its 26-acre campus, inspired by old Spanish architecture, offers dual enrollment courses, a gifted program and three academies aligned to a Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) framework. The individual academies — which focus on Business Management and Information Technology; Design, Education and Hospitality, and Health Science, Public Service and Law — provide learning experiences that rigorously integrate STEM and offer students opportunities to major in STEM disciplines. Among its notable alumni are former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, award-winning author Karen Russell and CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler.

•“B” rating by the Florida Department of Education
•Highly successful national merit scholarship program
•Award-winning in band, drama, newspaper, athletics, arts
•International Baccalaureate Magnet Program
•More than 35 student organizations; 10 junior varsity and 23 varsity sports
•Nationally recognized Advanced Placement programs
•Student/Teacher Ratio: 23:1
•Total Enrollment: 3200

Miami Palmetto Senior High School  (near Coral Gables) 

Miami Palmetto Senior High School is a nationally recognized senior high school located in the Village of Pinecrest in Southeastern Miami-Dade County, Florida. Like South Florida, Miami Palmetto Senior High School itself has changed a great deal since it was built in 1958, and is well known for its rich history of distinction. Miami Palmetto prides itself on excellence and strives to provide its student body with the finest academic opportunities that are both rigorous and diverse. By offering 30 Advanced Placement Courses, Visual and Performing Arts Classes, Business and Technology Classes and a very competitive Math and Science Program, Miami Palmetto students are exposed to a robust, four-year secondary education. Aside from the rigorous comprehensive curriculum, our magnet students participate in the AP Capstone and the innovative Forensic Investigative Academy, where they take part in extensive research and collaborative work culminating in a Capstone Project; or the iPrep program where they infuse technology to enhance their classroom learning experience. In addition to an outstanding academic program, Miami Palmetto was voted as having the #1 Athletic Program in the District for the 2016-2017 school year, and students are offered a selection of 50 Clubs and Honor Societies to engage themselves in extracurricular activities. Graduates have gone on to become scientists, politicians, professional athletes, and leaders in their professions.

• “B” rating by the Florida Department of Education
• iPrep Program
• AP Capstone Program
• Forensic Investigative Academy (FIA)
• Voted as the #1 Athletic Program in the District, 2016-2017
• Thirty (30) Advanced Placement course offerings
• Award-winning in band, drama, and athletics
• Dual Enrollment courses with local colleges and universities
• Industry Certification opportunities
• Fifty (50) clubs and honor societies
• Twenty-eight (28) athletic teams
• No Place for Hate School

International Studies Preparatory Academy

The International Studies Preparatory Academy, an A-rated magnet school since 2008, is the only school in the U.S. to offer an International Studies (IS) program based on an agreement with the governments of France, Italy and Spain. Students at the Academy can pursue world language studies in addition to an academic curriculum with an international focus that addresses the standards of the U.S. and European Union educational systems. Students receive three hours of instruction in French, Italian or Spanish with studies in literature, history and geography in the chosen language. Graduate students also receive a U.S. high school diploma and the equivalent diploma from the European country.

•“A” rating by the Florida Department of Education
•Offers the national curriculum of Spain, Italy and France
• Focus is international education and the study of modern languages
• Student /Teacher ratio: 25:1
• Total enrollment: Currently at 95 and will be growing at a rate of 125 students per year for the next few years until they reach 500 students from grades 9-12.

George W. Carver Middle School 
Ranked as one of the top public schools in the state, George W. Carver Middle School, 4901 Lincoln Drive, is a magnet school for international studies and education. It is recognized by the French, German, Spanish, and Italian governments, and accredited by France and Spain. All students study French, German, Spanish or Italian and their respective cultures at an in-depth level. A U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence,” Carver Middle has been recognized since 2002 as an A-rated school by the Florida Department of Education, as well as a “Magnet School of Excellence” by Magnet Schools of America. The school offers numerous clubs, student organizations and after-school sports programs.

•“A” rating by the Florida Department of Education
•Advanced Academic Curriculum
•Computer Education
•Unusual variety of electives: band, orchestra, chorus, technology, art & physical education
•Gifted Program
• U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence”
•Magnet School of Excellence Award
•American Education Solutions Award
•Five Star School Award from State of Florida
•NCLB Blue Ribbon Award
•Student/Teacher Ratio: 22:1
•Total Enrollment: 942

Palmetto Middle School  (near Coral Gables) 

Palmetto Middle School first opened its doors to students for the 1962-63 school year. Throughout its fifty-plus years’ history, Palmetto Middle School has consistently been a center for excellence, ensuring that all students are exposed to a thorough opportunity to develop their talents and academic skills. Graduates have gone on to become scientists, astronauts, politicians, athletes, and leaders in their professions. We offer a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum in the core classes of language arts, mathematics, science, social science, and foreign languages. We prepare our students to participate in accelerated high school programs and advanced placement classes. Given the increasingly complex and interconnected world our students live in, we are committed to empower them to use technology in a meaningful way. Students are encouraged to expand their intellectual horizons while heightening their learning experience through our extensive elective program that encompasses the arts, technology, business and physical fitness, as well as an innovative forensic science program. Palmetto Middle School fosters a passion for learning, and confidence in all students by offering a tailored, comprehensive learning experience. These skills will lead them to become life –long learners. Our rich tradition of implementing instructional innovations, developing interdisciplinary studies and facilitating community involvement, prepares our students to excel in the field of study they choose to pursue. Our goal is to give our students the academic, social and ethical foundations which allow them to become successful adults.

• “B” rating by the Florida Department of Education
• Bronze STEM School Designation
• Full-Time Gifted Program
• Cambridge Academy
• Forensic Science Academy
• Thirteen (13) school clubs
• Fourteen (14) sports teams
• No Place for Hate School

Ponce de Leon Middle School

Coral Gables is an international city, and Ponce de Leon Middle School, 5801 Augusto Street, is helping to insure it retains that reputation for years to come. The school offers grades 6 through 8 and is dedicated to producing global students. Ponce Middle is the only authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in the City of Coral Gables, with language programs that include Spanish, French and Italian. In 2014, it was awarded the Magnet Schools of America School of Distinction and came in first place at the District-wide World Language Competition in 2012, among its many accolades. Students at the school took first place for photography at the Miami-Dade Youth Fair in 2012.

•“B” rating by the Florida Department of Education (2018-2019)
•Fully authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
•Award-winning International Education Magnet Program
•International Studies Program (Spanish, French, Italian)
•Full-time Gifted Program
•Advanced Academic Program (high school level courses)
•After school programs: All Stars, Math Tutoring, University of Miami Tutoring, SES Tutoring
•Specialized in-house programs: peer mediation, positive behavior support, informed families
•Ponce De Leon Middle School was selected as a School of Distinction by the Magnet Schools of America
•Student/Teacher Ratio: 25:1
•Total Enrollment: 1,175

Coral Gables Preparatory Academy

Coral Gables Preparatory Academy, 105 Minorca Avenue, is a nationally recognized School of Excellence and an A-rated school since 2000. It offers K-8 grade configuration with two campuses that are historic landmarks. The lower academy housing Pre-K through 4th grade offers a full-time gifted program. The Upper Academy housing offers 5-8 grades full-time gifted, advanced and high school credit. The school features a small school environment with a rigorous academic focus. It also features exciting electives, student clubs, activities, competitions and kayaking program with one-of-a-kind field trips.

•“A” rating by the Florida Department of Education
•MDCPS Platinum School Award: 2001-2010
•Five Star School Award: 2007-2008
•Full –time gifted programs, Grades 1-6
•District Geography Bee Winners: 2000-2010
•U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program
•K-3rd Grade Student/Teacher ratio: 18:1
•4th -6th Grade Student/Teacher ratio: 22:1
•Total Enrollment: 625

David Fairchild Elementary School  (near Coral Gables)
David Fairchild Elementary School

Located on the border of Coral Gables, David Fairchild Elementary School, 5757 SW 45th Street, has been recognized as an “A” school 12 of the past 13 years, making it a top educational institution in Miami-Dade County. The school, named after American botanist and plant explorer David Fairchild, was built in 1955 and has won awards in the fields of art and botany. In 1996, buildings were added to service Art, Music, a computer lab, a prekindergarten classroom and special education resource classes. The school offers a growing gifted program.

•“B” rating by the Florida Department of Education (2018-2019)
•Before and after school program
•Twiglet Bank
•Closed-circuit television studio
•Student/Teacher Ratio: 26:1
•Total Enrollment: 610

George W. Carver Elementary School 
George W. Carver Elementary School

An A-rated controlled school of choice, George W. Carver Elementary offers an enriched traditional basic skills program, as well as an Extended Foreign Language Program (EFL) in Spanish and magnet program in Italian. The school – which opened in 1899 as a private institution-- was selected to participate in the first Lego League during the 2014-15 school year, and the University of Miami Athletic Department has selected it as a partner for mentoring and tutoring. Carver offers extracurricular activities that include participation in book, advanced math, science, art and drama clubs. Its alumni include astronaut Winston Scott.

•“A” rating by the Florida Department of Education
•Small class size in grades K-2
•Small group instruction in math and reading
•Academic excellence program
•After school program
•Foreign language (Spanish)
•Magnet program (Italian)
•Student/Teacher Ratio: 22:1
•Total Enrollment: 482

Henry S. West Laboratory School

Established in 1954, Henry S. West Laboratory School, 5300 Carillo Street, is an A-rated developmental school of choice associated with the School of Education at the University of Miami. Under a partnership with the University’s Department of Teaching and Learning, the school offers various projects for students K-6, including science programs and the creation of a “living habitat.” University faculty members and students teach and conduct research under the direction of a Professor in Residence. The school also offers a variety of after school enrichment programs, including dance, violin, sports, drama, art, chess and coding. It also offers a German International Studies (IS) program beginning in first grade. West Lab is a county-wide school that accepts students by random selection of kindergarten applicants.

•“A” rating by the Florida Department of Education
•Educational research facility for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the University of Miami
•Professional Development School Partnership
•Student/Teacher Ratio: 18:1
•Total Enrollment: 233

Sunset Elementary  (near Coral Gables)

A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence on the border of Coral Gables, Sunset Elementary is renowned for offering the first International Studies Magnet Program in South Florida. In addition to a Global Curriculum in English, the dual recognition program implements official Spanish, French, and German curriculum in the respective language. The A-rated school is also known for its highly diverse faculty, a student body from more than 50 countries and strong community involvement. Sunset Elementary offers an International Studies Magnet Program, an integrated Math and Science Gifted Program, an Emotionally Handicapped Center, a Learning Disabilities/Varying Exceptionalities Program and a Pre-Kindergarten Program.

•“A” rating by the Florida Department of Education
•Memorandum of Understanding with France, Spain and German nationals
•Before and after school program run by the principal C.A.M.P. at Sunset
•Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
•Ranked Top 1% State and District for Elementary Schools
•Ranked Top 12% Nationally for  Elementary Schools
•Magnet School of America Excellence Award
•Student/Teacher Ratio: 22:1
•Total Enrollment: 1100

Pinecrest Elementary School  (near Coral Gables) 

Pinecrest Elementary School prides itself as the only elementary school in Miami-Dade County to be awarded a school grade of "A" since the inception of Florida's school grading system. Its strong academic programs include: Prep Start, Global Tech, Challenge (Gifted), and EFL. The Prep Start Program consists of Pre-K and Kindergarten classes focused on enrichment, using developmentally appropriate practices, with a multi-sensory approach to ensure readiness. The Global Tech Program infuses Global Studies and Technology with a rigorous curriculum to engage learners, while exercising leadership and global citizenship in their learning. The Challenge Program emphasizes specific goals and objectives for Gifted learners using compacted and accelerated curriculum, with an emphasis on critical and creative thinking. It is the school's goal to empower students and young minds, stimulate intellectual development, and develop the whole child. Therefore, the school teaches values and rewards students who use these on a daily basis. The school has been recognized as a "No Place for Hate" school and "Kindness School." To further nurture these traits, the school partners with Dream in Green and participates in The Fairchild Challenge. As a Five Star School and winner of the Golden Apple School Award, Pinecrest Elementary has a strong parental involvement community and is an integral part of the schools' success. The school's PTA is actively engaged in a multitude of special programs and activities that support and enhance our school, curriculum, and school community.

• “A” rating by the Florida Department of Education
• Five Star School
• Golden Apple School Award
• Voted one of the "25 Best Miami Area Public Elementary Schools"
• Full-time Gifted Program
• Extended Foreign Language (EFL) Program
• Before and After School Care
• No Place for Hate School
• Kindness School

Somerset Gables Academy

Located in Coral Gables and West Miami, Somerset Academy is a K – 5th elementary school focused on delivering educational excellence with an innovative, forward-looking approach. Featuring technology-rich classrooms, project-based learning, a secure educational facility, and a select staff of highly qualified teachers and administrators, they provide an enriching learning environment.

  • “A” rating by the Florida Department of Education (2020-2021) 
  • TEM Cognia nationally certified school
  • A Miami Dade County Tuition-Free Public Charter School
  • Advanced academic programs
  • Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools   
  • Dedicated to the emotional and social development in a nurturing and safe environment


Frances S. Tucker Elementary School (near Coral Gables)

Frances S. Tucker Elementary School was constructed in 1960 on 3.82 acres housing Pre-K – 5th grade. The campus is comprised of a two-story building with a courtyard in the center and a separate six-pack building that houses primary grade students. In addition, the school has a little house which houses the Environmental Science magnet program.

  • “C” rating by the Florida Department of Education
  • Environmental Science Magnet