Ammons Middle School
|Herbert A. Ammons Middle School|
|Established||September 1997 at Hammocks Middle School, moved to current location in September 1998.|
|Location||Miami, Florida, USA|
|District||Miami-Dade County Public Schools|
|Colors||Blue gold and white|
In March 2007 Ammons Middle School became the first officially-authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme school-wide program in the Miami-Dade County Public School System and Miami-Dade County. Ammons currently offers a full Middle Years Programme curriculum to students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Ammons Middle School has achieved a Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) grade of "A" for 15 years in a row, and is currently aiming for its 16th year in a row.
Maria Costa, former assistant principal, is the principal for the 2009-current school year, following the departure of Irwin Adler, who led the school since its creation.
Ammons Middle School operates on a daily 4 by 4 (4x4) block schedule with classing alternating every other day between even- and odd-numbered periods. The school also requires every student in grades 6 to 8 to take a semester course of physical education, a semester course of a technology class and an Approaches to Learning class, as part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme curriculum. Due to budget cuts their swchool used to operate 1st 3rd 5th and 7th period along with 2nd 4th 6th and 8th. But now it is 1st 3rd 5th 7th and long homeroom, 2nd 4th and 6th (as of 2012-2013) Students are required to do an IB portfolio in order to get their IB certificate.
Awards, honors, and distinctions
- No Child Left Behind 2004-2005; 2005–2006
- FCAT A+ school for 11 years in a row
- Magnet Schools of America Award 2001-2013.
- Highest Percentage Attendance Award 2000-2006
- One of the "100 Top Wired Schools" in the United States by Family PC magazine in 2001.
- Irwin Adler, 2003 Innovative Principal of the Year.
- Principal Irwin Adler received the Florida Top Technology Educator Award for 2004–2005
- Herbert A. Ammons Middle School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 8, 2007.
- Schools of Merit - 2001, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
- Schools of Excellence - 2002, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
- Schools of Excellence - 2003, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
- Schools of Distinction - 2004, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
- 2005 Schools of Distinction, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
- FCITL Awards: Innovative Principal of the Year - Winner 2003, Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders. Accessed August 8, 2007. "Perhaps Mr. Adler's best confirmation of his school's technology vision is the honor his school received when it was named one of FamilyPC Magazines “100 Top Wired Schools.” Selection for this award was not based solely on the presence of technology at a school site, but the total integration of technology. Schools selected for this honor had a school-wide technology plan that provided opportunities for teacher training, adequate funds for technology purchase and implementation, and improvements in the home to school connection."