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School for Advanced Studies at Miami Dade College Again Ranks Among the Nation’s Best


Miami, May 22, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School for Advanced Studies (SAS) has once again been named to Newsweek and The Daily Beast's list of America's best high schools. SAS ranked 12th in the nation and was the only school in Miami-Dade County to place in the top 50 nationwide.

Newsweek assessed more than 2,300 schools to produce the final list of the top 1,000 public schools. Rankings were based on factors including four-year, on-time graduation rates; percentage of 2011 graduates accepted to college; total number of college-level examinations (AP/IB/AICE) given per student and average scores; depth of college-level curricula offered; and average SAT and/or ACT score(s).

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. It has been consistently included in the nation's best high schools, as rated by Newsweek and others.

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.

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