Miami Beach s strong property values are supported by the excellence of its public schools, which serves as a foundation for its family-friendly
community. As such, the city has funded and implemented several educational enhancements that increase programming for its children many of which are unique to Miami Beach, and not available anywhere else in the State of Florida including the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) program from K-12. Attainment of the IB diploma allows youth to earn up to 45 college credits upon graduation, resulting in substantial savings of time and money for Miami Beach families. The City funded STEAM Plus initiative infuses cultural arts programming during the school day in partnership with Miami Beach cultural partners expanding access and exposure to the arts.
While the urban-island s schools are also known for their strong gifted programs and extensive advanced placement courses, there are several unique
city infused enhancements that provide access to additional rigor and enrichment so that all youth can develop to their full potential. All programs provided by the city are available for free to every child.
Partnerships underway Frost Science community events, including Night Sky Stargazing and Drone Zone Frost Science in-school programs such as Egg Drop
Engineering and Portable Planetarium Flu vaccine partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Borinquen Medical and The Children s Trust that provided free flu shots in all of the city s public schools Little Kids Rock partnership to expand music education and access to instruments across all Miami Beach public schools ACT/SAT mock testing for all high school youth residents
Pinecrest s strong property values are supported by the excellence of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) located in our Village and are the
very foundation of our family-friendly community. I encourage our residents with school-age children to take a close look at our neighborhood public schools as you evaluate your many fine educational options. I did, and I found Pinecrest s public schools were the best choice for my own children s education. They truly offer excellence in our own backyard.
In Pinecrest, our five MDCPS public schools (three elementary schools, a middle and high school) are traditional neighborhood public schools.
Children go to school with their friends and neighbors. Close proximity facilitates play-dates, projects and participation in after school clubs and sports that are just a short drive or walk away. While our schools are known for their strong gifted programs and extensive advanced placement courses, there are appropriate academic options of varying rigor, depth and variety at every level, including special needs, so all students can develop to their full potential.
What s more, there is continuity of curriculum from elementary through high school. This is particularly useful in foreign languages and STEM/STEAM,
where students can start early in an area of interest and follow it through graduation. At the same time, they are not restricted to the rigid curriculum constraints of magnet schools. Our students are free to explore a myriad of electives including performing and visual arts, music, business/ entrepreneurship, computer, environmental and other sciences, new and traditional media and more. A full range of clubs, honor societies and teams complement classroom subjects so children can follow their passions, or find new ones as interests evolve.
Strong parental involvement enriches our schools with impressive additional resources. The five PTA/PTSAs collectively raise nearly 1 million
annually, and contribute thousands of volunteer hours that add substantial services, staffing and programming. The Village provides additional layers of support via a 10,000 yearly grant to each school s PTSA, an Educational Advisory Council that meets regularly to bring parents, principals and school district representatives together, and an educational compact with the MDCPS district to facilitate creative approaches to working together.
As part of the nation s largest volunteer child advocacy organizations, Pinecrest s exceptional PTAs mobilize parents and community members to add
substantial funding, programs and services to our schools. Please join and support your PTA. No matter what time, talent or financial resources you can offer, we have a role for you. As a bonus, PTA fosters connections to your child s school life and provides a network of friendly neighborhood parents.
Fundraising is a major focus (Village PTAs raise over 1 million annually), but more importantly, we provide thousands of volunteer hours that run
carnivals to college fairs to copy machines. Forget stereotypes - all our PTAs are registered 501(3)(c) non-profit organizations run by highly professional boards and volunteers. It is noteworthy that we have numerous local business and alumni sponsors.
Since Miami-Dade is the country s 4th largest school district in the nation, there are tremendous resources and programs available. The array of
choices can be confusing, so the following program descriptions will help you understand the educational options your child has in our Village. If you need additional information, please contact your local PTA president or school representative.
Field Trips Multiple school groups offer local and national travel opportunities to learn, compete or perform: Boston/ D.C./Philadelphia (National
Jr. Honor Society), New York (Drama), Atlanta (Band), Orlando (Dance, Spanish Club) Miami: Fairchild Gardens, Florida Panthers Ever-Fi STEAM field trip, Coastal Clean- Up, Orchid STEM Mobile and Future Educators of America Elementary School Exposure.
Soccer, Wrestling, Badminton, Lacrosse, Water Polo, Tennis, Track Field Miami Herald All Sports Trophy 2017 for Best Overall Athletic Program in
Miami-Dade County More than half 2016 teams competed beyond District Level 1(several to State Level 1) State Champion Special Olympians New Weight Training Facility 2016 Coaching staff pioneers in concussion-reduction techniques