• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: May 13, 2019
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Two high-school seniors from Miami-Dade County chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars

Two high school seniors from Miami-Dade County were among a select group of 161 students nationwide chosen as 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Nina Ahmadi, a senior at the Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH) in Miami, and Mercedes F. Ferreira-Dias, a senior at Mater Lakes Academy High School in Miami Gardens, were announced Tuesday as members of the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. They were among seven students in Florida honored for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Ahmadi and Ferreira-Dias were selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

“Being named a Presidential Scholar is a remarkable honor these students will carry with them throughout their lives,” said Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in a statement. “They were selected not only for their academic achievements, but for the hours these student leaders devoted to improving their community, fostering values as they helped others. We are elated that Miami-Dade students are among those being recognized nationally.”

The Presidential Scholars program is not a scholarship, but a “recognition program.”

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., in June and receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. During their visit, the students will be given opportunities to “wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit area museums and monuments,” according to the program’s web page.

More than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2019 awards, which are determined by performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or via nominations from Chief State School officers, other organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.

In 2018, three students from Miami-Dade County were selected to be U.S. Presidential Scholars, including two students from New World School of the Arts in Miami and one from DASH.

The recipients are made up of one man and one woman from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad — as well as 15 “chosen at-large,” 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

The 2019 award ceremony will be June 23.

“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement both inside of the classroom and out,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a statement. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence, no matter what challenge they are tackling, will serve them well throughout their lifelong learning journeys. I have no doubt that many of tomorrow’s leaders are among this year’s class of Scholars.”

 
Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article230120979.html#storylink=cpy
Original Article from Miami Herald
 
Mercedes F. Ferreira-Dias

Mercedes F. Ferreira-Dias

 

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: May 7, 2019
  • Category: News
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Duke TIP Recognizes Seventh Graders Nationwide for Their Exceptional Academic Abilities

DURHAM, NC —The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is honoring academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual statewide recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams. Pinecrest Academy Charter Middle School students that were awarded state recognition include Maria Fernandez, Abigail Hornburg, Rodrigo Medinilla, Elizabeth Moreno-Benitez, Gabriel Serret, Jose Torres, and Kelly Zhao.  These scholars will be honored at the state recognition ceremony held at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, May 14th.

“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of all college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are proud of our ceremony honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential,” says Shawna Young, executive director of Duke TIP.

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors state ceremonies during the months of May and June. Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished former Duke TIP students.

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About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. Nearly 3 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. For more information about Duke TIP, please visit www.tip.duke.edu.

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US News & World Report Ranks Academica—Serviced Schools Among Florida’s Best 2019 High Schools

US News & World Report Ranks Academica—Serviced Schools Among Florida’s Best 2019 High Schools

Academica Congratulates International Studies Charter High School for being ranked the top charter high school in Florida

Miami, FL – April 30, 2019– US News & World Report ranked ISCHS as Florida’s best Charter High School for 2019. The International Studies Charter High School (ISCHS) awards dual diplomas — American and European. Students learn in English, Spanish, Italian, and French. It ranked as America’s 11th Best Charter High School and also ranked as Florida’s 4th Best High School. Earning a 100% college-readiness score, ISCHS prepares students for advanced studies. Founded in 2004, ISCHS partners with Spain, Italy and France.

Academica is one of the nation’s most successful charter school service organizations. It supports ISCHS as well as 11 of the Top 100 Best High Schools in Florida. Twenty-five Academica-serviced schools received 2019 Best High School rankings. Of those schools, 23 in Florida, one in Nevada and one in Texas.

Two Doral Academy charter high schools ranked in the Top 50 High Schools in Florida. Two Mater Academy high schools also ranked in the Top 50, as did Somerset Arts Conservatory and Somerset Academy High School in Pembroke Pines.

US News & World Report studied 23,000 public high schools in all 50 states and DC to rank the best. The rankings focus on college readiness using student performance in six categories. They are results on AP and IB exams, math and reading scores, and success with low-income and minority students. Although charter high schools represent 10% of the country’s 26,000 public high schools, they comprise 23% of the top 100 public high schools. Within the top 5 percent of ranked schools, more than 18 percent are charter schools.

Below is a list of Academica serviced charter schools ranked among U.S. 2019 Best High Schools.

Florida
International Studies Charter High School / #4

Little Havana / MDCPS

#11 in Charter High Schools #41 in National Rankings

College Readiness Index Rank #1 (tie for first) Graduation Rate 98%
Total Minority Enrollment 76%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 96%

Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy / #15 Doral / MDCPS

#37 in Charter High Schools #146 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 99%
Total Minority Enrollment 95%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 49%

Doral Academy Charter High School / #22 Doral / MDCPS

#53 in Charter High Schools #208 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 98%
Total Minority Enrollment 93%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 58%

Somerset Arts Conservatory/ #31
Pembroke Pines/ Broward County Public Schools (BCPS)

#97 in Charter High Schools #419 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 100%
Graduation Rate Rank #1 (tie)
Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 82%

Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 31% Mater Academy Charter High / #35

Hialeah Gardens / MDCPS

#112 in Charter High Schools #541 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 97%
Total Minority Enrollment 99%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 81%

Mater Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy / #37 Hialeah Gardens / MDCPS

#130 in Charter High Schools #669 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 100%
Graduation Rate Rank #1 (tie)
Total Minority Enrollment 98%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 76%

Somerset Academy Charter High / #42 Pembroke Pines / BCPS

#156 in Charter High Schools #820 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 100%
Graduation Rate Rank #1 (tie)
Total Minority Enrollment 89%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 42%

Mater Academy Lakes High School / #51 Miami / MDCPS

#184 in Charter High Schools #1,013 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 99%
Total Minority Enrollment 95%

Total Economically Disadvantaged 74% Somerset Academy Charter High School / #63

Homestead / MDCPS

#199 in Charter High Schools #1,130 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 97%
Total Minority Enrollment 93%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 79%

Mater Academy East Charter High School / #65 Little Havana / MDCPS

#201 in Charter High Schools #1,137 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 93%
Total Minority Enrollment 99%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 91%

City of Hialeah Education Academy / #82 Hialeah / MDCPS

#236 in Charter High Schools #1,555 in National Rankings

Graduation Rate 97%
Total Minority Enrollment 99%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 84%

iMater Preparatory Academy High School

Hialeah / MDCPS

#101 in Florida High Schools #268 in Charter High Schools #1,898 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 90%

Total Minority Enrollment 99%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 25%

Cornerstone Charter Academy High School

Belle Isle/ Orange County Public Schools

#154 in Florida High Schools #360 in Charter High Schools #2,996 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 97%

Total Minority Enrollment 51%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 34%

College Preparatory Academy of the Treasure Coast

Port St. Lucie / St. Lucie County

#161 in Florida High Schools #376 in Charter High Schools #3,179 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 95%

Total Minority Enrollment 54%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 43%

Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School

Miami / MDCPS

#173 in Florida High Schools #392 in Charter High Schools #3,448 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 95%

Total Minority Enrollment 95%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 23%

Somerset Academy Canyons High School

Boynton Beach / Palm Beach County Public Schools

#245 in Florida High Schools #499 in Charter High Schools

#5,293 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 96%
Total Minority Enrollment 49%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 8%

Somerset Academy Charter High School Miramar Campus

Miramar / BCPS

#263 in Florida High Schools #531 in Charter High Schools #5,751 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 97%

Total Minority Enrollment 99%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 69%

Somerset Academy Charter High School South Homestead

Homestead / MDCPS

#337 in Florida High Schools #664 in Charter High Schools #8,101 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 97%

Total Minority Enrollment 89%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 82%

Ben Gamla Preparatory Charter High School

Hollywood / BCPS

#343 in Florida High Schools #673 in Charter High Schools #8,268 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 83%

Total Minority Enrollment 49%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 61%

Somerset Preparatory Academy Charter High at North Lauderdale

North Lauderdale / BCPS

#415 in Florida High Schools #817 in Charter High Schools #10,645 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 97%

Total Minority Enrollment 96%

Total Economically Disadvantaged 90%

SLAM – Sports Leadership of Miami Charter High School

Little Havana / MDCPS

#448 in Florida High Schools #910 in Charter High Schools #11,978 in National Rankings Graduation Rate 96%

Total Minority Enrollment 96%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 86%

Key West Collegiate School / Somerset Island Preparatory

Key West / Monroe County Public School

#12,935-17,245 in National Rankings #468-555 in Florida High Schools #972-1,760 in Charter High Schools

Mater Virtual Academy Charter Middle/High School

Virtual School

#12,935-17,245 in National Rankings #468-555 in Florida High Schools #972-1,760 in Charter High Schools

Nevada
Somerset Academy of Las Vegas
North Las Vegas
#66 in Nevada High Schools
#820 in Charter High Schools
#10,673 in National Rankings
Total Minority Enrollment 51%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 17%

Texas
Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering San Antonio
#623 in Texas High Schools
#625 in Charter High Schools
#7,546 in National Rankings
Total Minority Enrollment 93%
Total Economically Disadvantaged 69%

 

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