“A-rated" School District
Welcome to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, an "A-rated" School District for two years in a row! We are proud to say that 99% of our schools are rated A, B, or C and that our graduation rate is 89%, the highest it has ever been!
A Message from Our Superintendent
Welcome back to school! I invite you to explore this website and familiarize yourself with the many resources available this year for students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
130 Academic Programs and Initiatives
New and enhanced programs and initiatives will be launched to benefit students, employees, parents, and the community. These include an emphasis on sustainable operations, such as installing solar panels and water bottle filling stations. These two initiatives serve as an example to students of environmental consciousness and help meet the environmental challenges facing our world. Other initiatives include building partnerships with such noteworthy institutions and businesses as Zoo Miami, Florida International University, Audible (an Amazon Company), Lego and Verizon and increasing STEAM and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. LEARN MORE
DADESCHOOLS PARENT PORTAL & MOBILE APP
Find Out What's for Lunch
Access Parent Resources
- Online Student Registration
- Student Scheduling
- Course Selection
- Payment System
- Before & After Care Payments
- Log into the M-DCPS Parent Portal
- Click on Apps / Services / Sites
- Click on the “Focus” icon link
Homework Tips for Parents
- Ask your child’s school about the homework plan, including the 30 minutes of daily reading in addition to homework assignments
- Contact your child’s teacher to clear up any misunderstandings, troubleshoot problems and be better informed about your child’s homework expectations
- Ask your child’s teacher about parent workshops and/or online tutorials available to help your child understand the skills being taught to better assist your child with homework.
The recommended homework minutes include assignments for all subject areas and teachers collectively per school day:
Grades K-1: 30 minutes
Grades 2-3: 45 minutes
Grades 4-5: 60 minutes
Digital Convergence 4.0
The district has invested 24 million dollars in new classroom technology for the 2019-2020 school year and will place an additional 24,000 devices in the hands of children and 800 additional interactive panels in classrooms, bringing the district totals for devices and interactive panels to 196,000 and 15,800 respectively.
"Our students cannot truly learn if they do not feel safe. Each day, MDSPD officers strive to keep schools safe. They do so by serving as role models and forming strong relationships with students and staff, ensuring they feel comfortable with sharing information that is prudent to a safe school environment." - Chief of Police, Edwin Lopez, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
See Something, Say Something
FortifyFL, a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows users to instantly relay critical information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials, has been added to the Dadeschools mobile app. This tool can also be downloaded from the student, parent, and employee portal pages.
Student Code of Conduct
Maintenance of Appropriate Student Behavior
The Code of Student Conduct (COSC) is aligned to local, state, and federal mandates with an emphasis on promoting a safe learning environment to ensure academic success. The Code of Student Conduct sets the standards of conduct expected of students in a purposeful, safe learning environment in which the principles of care, courtesy, civility, fairness, acceptance of diversity, and respect for the rights of others is valued. It addresses the role of parents/guardians, students, and schools, and also focuses on core values and model student behavior, rights and responsibilities of students, addressing student behavior, and disciplinary procedures.
Department of Mental Health Services
If you are feeling sad, lonely, anxious… Help is all around you!
The Department provides mental health and wellness focused services that promote our student’s social-emotional development – positive coping skills, stress management, building self-esteem and positive social relationships and communication skills. Mental health awareness programs and initiatives are also in place to prevent development of mental health challenges and address concerns that currently exist.
School site Mental Health Teams include administrators, counselors, and other mental health professionals that assist with providing:
- Mental health counseling services for students and families
- Mental health screenings and assessments
- Coordination of community-based services
For assistance contact your child’s school or call: (305) 995-7100.
Please take a look at the Department of Mental Health Services flyers below:
The Parent Academy
Family and Parent Support
Obtain valuable family resources via The Parent Academy App inside the M-DCPS District App. Find workshops near you by zip code, school name, topic title, and language spoken.
Watch and listen to a selection of pre-recorded webinars using the “Virtual Campus.”
Topics include “What Parents Need to Know about E-Cigarettes and Vaping”, “Social and Emotional Learning” and “How Can I Improve My Child’s Academic Progress?”
Preschool Enrollment is Still Open!
VPK: Children must be 4-years old by September 1, 2019, to obtain VPK Certificate.
Head Start/Early Head Start: Head Start serves children 3-years old to 5-years old.
Early Head Start serves children 2 months to 3 years of age.
Pre-K ESE: Parents should call the Pre-K Exceptional Student Education office at 305-271-5701 to identify programs near their homes. Pre-K Inclusion classes are available at various schools for ages 3-5. These classes serve eligible students with disabilities and general education students within an inclusive setting.
Literacy is the Key to Life-Long Learning
Make reading a part of your child’s daily routine. Click on the myON App in the Student Portal to access eBooks anywhere, anytime.
Speak with your child about current school topics – ask questions and expand ideas.
Listen to your child retell stories and explain information learned at school.
Provide opportunities and time for your child to write (e.g., thank-you note, grocery list, list of errands, and summaries)
Title I Services in Action
Opportunities for parent and family engagement are available through parents’ participation in the Title I Annual Parent Meeting, the Title I District Advisory Council (DAC) and the Regional Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings. Your school’s Title I Community Involvement Specialist (CIS) or Community Liaison Specialist (CLS) is a great point of contact for updates about the school activities and offerings.
Are you facing an unstable housing situation? Project UP-START provides additional support services to any student who is currently experiencing unstable housing. This includes students who are sharing housing with family or friends out of hardship, students living in temporary shelters, public places, or in a hotel/motel.
If your family is living in any unstable housing situations, please complete the Project UP-START Student Eligibility Questionnaire (FM-7378) and submit it to your child’s school. Once the completed form is received, your child will be registered into Project UP-START and will be eligible to receive additional support services to improve his/her attendance and achievement.
Exceptional Student Education Services
For information about screening and testing to determine whether your child may have a disability, please contact FDLRS-South at 305-274-3501.
For questions or concerns about services and programs available through the Department of Exceptional Student Education, contact us at email@example.com
The application period for entry into Magnet programs for the 2020-2021 school year runs from October 1, 2019, through January 15, 2020. Parents will be notified on or about March 15, 2020, of the random selection or audition results.
Attendance Tips For Parents
- Review the Miami-Dade County Public Schools 2019-2020 School Calendar. Avoid scheduling medical/dental appointments, family vacations, or non-school related activities during school days.
- If appointments become necessary on school days, try scheduling them in the beginning of the day or at the end of the day so that your child will only miss ½ of the school day.
- Monitor your child’s attendance through the Parent Portal to keep track of absences. If an absence is marked unexcused and you provided a note, contact the school as soon as possible.
- Absences add up. Missing just 2 days a month means your child is missing 10% of the school year. Good attendance benefits your child’s education.
Values Matter Miami
September - Respect
October - Responsibility
November - Citizenship
December - Fairness
January - Pursuit of Excellence
February - Kindness
March - Cooperation
April - Honesty
May – Integrity
Dolphins Cleat Design Contest
Our district is partnering with the Miami Dolphins to promote the nine core values and create supportive and caring learning environments in our schools. A cleat design contest open to all students will be held. The winner will be invited to and recognized at a Dolphins game. Please contact your child’s school for more information.