“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 School Payment (OSP)
- Field Trip Payments
- Class Fees
- Other School-Related Expenses
- Log into the M-DCPS Parent Portal
- Click on Apps / Services / Sites
- Click on the “OSP” 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 9-12: 120 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?”
Promoting healthy behaviors in Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The M-DCPS health curriculum is designed to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health related risky behaviors.
Career Technical Education (CTE)
Career Technical Education provides information regarding current CTE program offerings for middle through post- secondary levels, industry certifications, and the Summer Youth Internship Program.
Share your thoughts and opinions of Career and Technical Education!
You are invited to complete a survey conducted by the Florida Department of Education. The purpose of the survey is to gather information from parents of 6th -12th grade public school students regarding their knowledge and experiences with Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Your participation is vital, as it will serve to identify areas in need of improvement for CTE programs in Florida schools.
We are excited to inform you that computer science courses will be available for students in grades 6-12. If you are interested, consult your school counselor.
College & Career Readiness
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
- Qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship
- Students in grade 10 and interested students in grades 9 and 11 will take the PSAT on October 16, 2019.
- Grade 10 – Free
- Grades 9 & 11 – may self-pay
- Grade 11 – students on free/reduced lunch may receive fee waivers
Students can create a College Board account and link their scores to the official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to develop a free and individualized practice plan to improve scores on future examinations of the PSAT & SAT.
Did you know that in addition to the standard high school diploma, there are other pathways to a diploma? Diploma options include the Superintendent’s Diploma of Distinction, the Scholar Designation, the Merit Designation and internationally recognized diplomas such as Cambridge (AICE) and International Baccalaureate. Click the button below to learn more or talk to your child’s counselor so that you help your child plan adequately and take the required courses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.