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Miami Dade College’s School for Advanced Studies Named Among Nation’s Best in Newsweek Magazine’s Top High Schools List

SAS Graduates

Miami, December 15, 2009 - The only full-time dual enrollment public high school in Miami-Dade County is enjoying top billing this week thanks to prominent recognition in Newsweek magazine’s recently released list of the nation’s top public high schools in 2009. Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School for Advanced Studies (SAS), ranked 15th among public high schools nationwide, making it the highest ranked school in Miami-Dade County to receive the distinction of appearing on the list.

The school, designed for academically talented 11th and 12th grade students who seek a rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) and college curriculum, is no stranger to the limelight. In fact, SAS has been on a rapid ascent in Newsweek’s annual top high schools list.

Since 2006, the school has risen from 1,210th in the nation, to its current position of 15.  And, last year, the school received the highest scores on the science portion of the FCAT exam, surpassing other high schools in Miami-Dade County.
“The school’s success is due in large part to the support Miami Dade College provides our program,” said Guillermo Muñoz, principal of the School for Advanced Studies. “Our students are very lucky to have the opportunity to attend a high quality institution such as MDC while still in high school. The experience they get by attending college for two years is something that they point to as a key to the successes they have come to enjoy once they graduate from our program.”

The Newsweek magazine rankings were derived by calculating the number of AP, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests taken by students at a school divided by the number of seniors graduating the same year.

Many SAS students graduate with both an Associate in Arts degree and a high school diploma as a result of success on the AP exams, CLEP exams, and summer school at MDC.

Established during the 1988-89 school year as a small program located at MDC’s North Campus, SAS is a combined effort of MDC and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). Since opening more than 20 years ago, it has expanded to a total of four MDC campuses: Homestead, Kendall, North, and Wolfson. Each semester, students are enrolled in three college dual-enrollment courses, taught by MDC faculty, and three AP high school courses, taught by M-DCPS faculty.

One hundred percent (100%) of SAS students graduate and continue their academic studies at colleges and universities in Florida, throughout the nation, or at top institutions abroad. Some have been accepted at such prestigious universities as Princeton, Cornell, Brown, NYU, Yale, the University of Chicago, Emory, Stanford, University of Edinburgh, and all the public universities in the state of Florida.

“We will work hard to make sure that SAS continues to bring recognition and accolades to this community, the public school system, and the college,” added Muňoz.

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