There are 392 public schools in Miami Dade County, 4,269 schools in the state of Florida and 98,817 in the U.S. And out of all of those schools, Miami Lakes Educational Center was named the best magnet school in the country.
MLEC was given the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Magnet School of Merit, one of the highest awards given to magnet schools in the country.
This award was granted by the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) which is a national nonprofit professional education association. They focus on providing leadership for high quality innovative instructional programs around the nation and acknowledging those teachers, principals, schools and superintendents that have gone above and beyond to help their students.
MLEC underwent a lengthy application process and passed through several elimination rounds. It was determined if a school moved on to the next round based on how well schools followed the rubric and criteria created by MSA to ensure that schools showed key factors such as equity, diversity, and academic excellence. They would move on until finally making it to the national level. Both the students and faculty took part in demonstrating and showcasing all benefits the school had to offer, and it really paid off.
“We showed them who we are,” said Principal Mrs. Diaz, “and we can definitely be proud of that.”
Due this award being on the national level it really shines a light upon the school and pushes it in the direction of prestigiousness which would then allow the school to have even more opportunities
“For our school it’s the ultimate recognition of what’s been taking place here for a long time,” said Activities Director Mrs. Castro. “MLEC has always been considered MDCPS’s biggest secret and this level of recognition will allow for everyone to realize the opportunities we’ve been offering for the last 14 years.”
Source:: The Harbinger