Algebra in 8th Grade…Where Can This Take Us???<br />A look at some of the TOP-RANKED high schools in Miami. <br />You are all BRILLIANT, business professionals ready to work hard. Any of these schools could be YOURS if you work hard this year and take High School Math (Algebra) next year….. <br />Let’s look at the possibilities……<br />
Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH)<br />State Ranking: 3<br />Student/Teacher Ratio: 11.83* DASH offers specialized training in design and architecture through five 'strands', or areas of study: Architecture, Industrial Design, Communications Design, Fashion Design and Entertainment Technology. <br /><ul><li>Students are given college credits by local colleges for classes in design.
Advanced Placement and ESOL courses are available.
Eligible seniors have the opportunity to work hands-on in design through an internship program.
DASH received an 'A' last year as well. </li></li></ul><li>Maritime and Science Technology (MAST)<br />State Ranking: 5<br />Student/Teacher Ratio: 14.47* MAST offers a truly unique magnet program focusing on maritime studies and culture, oceanic & atmospheric science technology, and maritime-related industries. <br /><ul><li>It also boasts an aquatic physical education program, Florida Virtual High School online program, and a Coast Guard JROTC.
What better place than Miami to study the maritime sciences? Extracurricular clubs include everything from Future Business Leaders of America to Underwater Robotics to a performing Salsa Club.
MAST also received an 'A' grade last year.</li></li></ul><li>New World School of the Arts<br />State Ranking: 6<br />Student/Teacher Ratio: 14.94* As a magnet school for dance, music, theater and visual arts, New World School of the Arts has been recognized as a US Dept of Education Blue Ribbon School, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, was awarded the Magnet Schools of America Merit Award in 1997 and 2001, and was listed in Redbook Magazine's "America's Best Schools". <br /><ul><li>It is located adjacent to the MDCC Wolfson Campus (downtown Miami) and has a close relationship with the community.
New World received an 'A' last year.</li></li></ul><li>Coral Reef Senior High School<br />State Ranking: 47<br />Student/Teacher Ratio: 22.5* A hugely diverse academic program defines this magnet school: Legal & Public Affairs, Agriscience & Engineering, IB & International Studies, Leisure Medicine, Business & Finance, and Visual & Performing Arts. <br /><ul><li>You name it, and this school has a great program for it!
The clubs and activities are just as diverse; you can find your niche here relatively easily, and if you don't know where you belong, there's plenty to try.
CRSH received a grade of 'B' last year.</li></li></ul><li>Dark Blue= Coral ReefMiddle= MDCPSGray = Florida<br />Career Academy Pre-Requisites<br />There are NO pre-requisites to apply to the Health Sciences, Legal & Public Affairs, Ag/Engineering, or Business & Finance academies.<br />International Baccalaureate Program<br />No more than 2 C's as final grades in 7th and 8th grade combined.<br />No D's or F's as final grades in middle school.<br />Completion of Algebra I (regular or honors) and Earth/Space Science (honors) in either 7th or 8th grade with a grade of C or higher and a completion date prior to the commencement of 9th grade.<br />
An example of the school requirements…<br />“How are applications to MAST evaluated?<br />We will review academic and conduct grades along with attendance. The application review is a quantified process and thus points are assigned for each component. Stronger grades and attendance increase a child’s chances of being entered into lottery. The school requires that students applying for 9th grade be enrolled in Algebra 1 and Earth/Space Science. Students applying for 10th grade must be enrolled in Geometry and Biology. Students must have an A or B in all courses— and no grade lower than a B in conduct in any course. We look closely at attendance. Students who go to lottery will have no more than four absences in the first semester. Absences above four must be explained. Private or parochial school parents must request that an official transcript be sent directly to MAST. Where applicable: Math and science course virtual school documentation must be submitted by parents directly to MAST.”<br />
Reflection<br />What do you find interesting about these schools?<br />What opportunities would going to this school open up for you?<br />How can taking algebra next year help you to get into one of these high schools? What did you notice about the high schools’ requirements?<br />