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Omar Monteagudo

Dr Omar MonteagudoOmar Monteagudo is an experienced administrator who holds degrees in Political Science, Latin American Studies and Law. He is a graduate from Florida International University and the University of Florida.

Dr. Monteagudo is a past fellow of the Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Institute, Chairs the Schools Program Committee of the Dade Bar Association, and is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

He has been recognized by Miami Dade County Public Schools as Region Principal of the Year, Region Assistant Principal of the Year Finalist, Region Teacher of the Year Finalist, District Social Studies Teacher of the Year, District Rookie Teacher of the Year, and District United Teachers of Dade (UTD) Rookie Steward of the Year. He has also been recognized by the University of Chicago as an Outstanding Educator, is listed as a Who's Who of American Educators, is a recipient of the Presidential Recognition Award at the University of Florida and is a member of the Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary Society at the University of Florida.

Dr. Monteagudo completed the Executive Leadership Program at Florida International University, has presented at various national conferences and forums for the College Board, and has served as a Leader 2 Leader trainer and an Executive Lead Principal for Miami Dade County Public Schools.

During his tenure as Principal at School for Advanced Studies, the number of students completing the Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College has increased from 25% to 100%; scholarships awarded have increased from $5.8 million to $26.4 million; student enrollment has increased by 74%; student Advanced Placements scores have increased by 24 percentage points; ACT composite scores were the 2nd highest in the State of Florida; SAT averages surpassed district, state and national mean average in critical reading, mathematics and writing; the number of Advanced Placement Scholars has increased by 298%; and the school has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine, the Daily Beast, Niche, Great Schools and by the Washington Post for its rigorous academic program.  Under his leadership, two additional sites, the Academy for Advanced Academics – at Florida International University and School for Advanced Studies - West Campus, were opened to ensure that a larger segment of the population were afforded access to high-quality educational services.

The number of National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars, as well as scholars graduating with a Bright Future Scholarship has been the highest in the school's history under his leadership.

The increased focus on academic rigor and college exploration during his tenure has resulted in students being admitted to the most prestigious colleges and universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Brown, Cal Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Emory, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, Rice, University of Southern California, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford and Washington University in St. Louis.

All five campuses of School for Advanced Studies received a grade of an A by the Florida Department of Education.

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