Air Base Elementary School

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Air Base K-8 Center
Miami-Dade County, FL
United States
Type Public
Motto Soaring on the Wings of Cultural Discovery
Established 1958
NCES District ID 1200390[1]
NCES School ID 120039000367[2]
Principal Raul Calzadilla Jr
Mascot Falcon

Air Base K-8 Center, The Center for International Education, (formerly Air Base Elementary School) is a primary school located at 12829 S.W. 272nd Street in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States, northeast of Homestead. Its principal is Raul Calzadilla Jr and it is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System. The school's mascot is the Explorer, and its colors are black, teal, and white. Its total enrollment for the 2005-2006 school year was 451 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The school has been recognized as a National Magnet School of Merit.

The school opened in 1958. The following year, on September 7, 1959, Air Base Elementary and Orchard Villa Elementary became the first two desegregated schools in the system.

The school originally was built to serve children of families at Homestead Air Force Base. After Hurricane Andrew damaged the air base in 1992, many Air Force personnel were relocated and student population dropped. To maintain enrollment, in the 1996-97 school year the school was converted to a magnet school offering an international program.[3][4] Extensive foreign language instruction is offered, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish for Spanish speakers, and Spanish and French as second languages. It offers a fee-based pre-Kindergarten program and has special before and after school care programs.

Awards and recognition[edit]

The school has been recognized with the Magnet Schools of America Award every year from 1998 through 2007.[5][6][7][8][9] The school has been rated as an "A" school for five consecutive years.[10]

School uniforms[edit]

The school requires its students to wear school uniforms.[11]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Dade". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Sep 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for {{{school_name}}}". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved Sep 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Farrell, Jodi Mailander. "A Magnet for Learning in Homestead", The Miami Herald, February 8, 1998. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  4. ^ School History
  5. ^ Schools of Merit - 2001, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  6. ^ Schools of Excellence - 2002, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  7. ^ Schools of Excellence - 2003, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  8. ^ Schools of Distinction - 2004, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  9. ^ 2005 Schools of Distinction, Magnet Schools of America. Accessed August 8, 2007.
  10. ^ Magnet Office, Air Base Elementary School, The Center for International Education. Accessed August 8, 2007.
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Coordinates: 25°28′34″N 80°27′56″W / 25.476231°N 80.465652°W / 25.476231; -80.465652