Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries. Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho has led the school district since the fall of 2008. During his tenure, the district has received state and national recognition for unprecedented increases in student achievement and graduation rates.


The mission of the Division of Educational Opportunity and Access is to provide an environment for all students to become responsible, productive citizens, lifelong learners and positive contributors to society. Our schools are designed to enable the students to be successful.



The Creating Community Change: Youth Engagement Program has been designed as an innovative approach to providing a learning environment and model for students who may benefit from a non-traditional educational setting. This program is a “school-within-a school” model that is designed to target 60 middle school students (20 per grade level) at eight different school sites. It will provide a learning environment with a focus on the personal, social and intellectual strengths of each student. Students will be placed in grade level cohorts (6, 7, and 8) strategically scheduled with selected teachers. Students will be monitored by a “team leader” who will continuously track their academic and behavioral progress. A service learning curriculum, along with positive behavior incentives, will be infused within the cohorts. The program will allow students to participate in hands-on service learning and youth engagement experiences as an essential component of the curriculum. The goal of the program is to enhance the personal, social and intellectual potential of each student so that they become active, engaged and productive citizens in our community.

The Creating Community Change: Youth Engagement Program (CCC:YEP) is being implemented in the following 8 middle schools:

  • Brownsville Middle School
  • Carol City Middle School
  • Citrus Grove Middle School
  • Cutler Bay Middle School
  • Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School
  • Homestead Middle School
  • North Miami Middle School
  • Redland Middle School


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