Miami-Dade Public Schools announces new academic programs

MIAMI (WSVN) - Miami-Dade Public Schools will offer 59 new programs for students to choose from during the 2016-17 school year, officials announced Wednesday.

There will be 26 new Magnet programs for children to choose from, including courses in zoology and animation. Thirty-three new subject choices will be offered in non-Magnet programs, on topics such as legal studies and programming.

“New music programs, fine arts, performing arts, STEM, engineering as well as language programs, so there will be something for everyone,” Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.

Carvalho said in addition to the new programs, they will introduce new ways to save money.

“We’re launching 26 new initiatives new programs,” Carvalho said, “new projects to create savings, to automate certain processes, to professionalize our workforce, in addition to 59 new magnet and choice programs.”

There have also been physical upgrades to some schools, namely Miami Norland Senior High School, which hadn’t been updated in more than 50 years. The school is adding new auditoriums, new classrooms and a new athletic field as part of its $42 million renovation.

Carvalho said the county is also trying to improve technology in schools.

“The fact of the matter is, a lot of communities have no access to it, so we had to create that opportunity,” Carvalho said. “We’ll be putting out 35,000 new, additional laptop computers on top of the 104,000 we put out last year — 8,000 more computers for teachers.”

Carvalho said all the improvements are so the county can continue to offer high standards of education.

“It’s higher graduation rates, higher academic standards than anybody else,” Carvalho said. “That’s why we stand as the highest performing urban system in America.”

To register for the new magnet programs, visit: yourchoicemiami.org/magnet-program-availability.

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