Arvida Middle School

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Arvida Middle School
Miami, Florida
United States
Type Public
Established 1975
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Nancy Aragon
Grades 6-8
Enrollment 1,201
Color(s) Maroon and Gold
Mascot Vikings
School hours 9:10 to 3:50

Arvida Middle School is a Blue Ribbon middle school in Miami, Florida, United States, founded in 1975, that educates around 1,850 students in grades 6-8.[1] Its principal since August 2006, is Nancy Aragon, promoted from Assistant Principal.[2]


Arvida was recognized as a Blue Ribbon school in 1997-98,[3][4][5] the highest award that can be given to a US school.[6][7]

The school has been described as exemplifying "a progressive commitment to recapturing traditional excellence and incorporating innovative approaches into the educational process".[1]

Arvida Middle School is a magnet school to which anyone in the district can apply. The application window begins in October and ends in January. Students must meet criteria in order to be accepted into either of the magnets offered, forensic science and fine arts and global studies.

The Global Academy, established in 2000-01, is an innovative academic program for all incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The program combines mandatory courses in mathematics, language arts, science, and geography. Coursework is cross-cutting and environmental in nature; it links and relates the subjects.

The Forensic Science and Fine Arts Program, established in 2008, is the first program of its kind in Miami-Dade County. This case-based program involves the techniques used in crime scene investigation to develop student's critical thinking, investigative, and cooperative skills.

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  1. ^ a b "Arvida Middle School" Archived July 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., First Amendment Schools
  2. ^ "School's New Principal Knows the Ropes: An Assistant Principal at Arvida Middle School Moves Up to Call the Shots As Principal", The Miami Herald,like 20 August 2006'
  3. ^ "TEACHING `WHOLE CHILD' A BLUE-RIBBON IDEA", The Miami Herald, May 21, 1998. "But what Arvida Middle does offer -- a strong dose of history, math, science and English, along with Hebrew, Latin, orchestra and dance, among other uncommon electives -- was enough to win it national recognition Wednesday, when the U.S. Department of Education tapped it as a Blue Ribbon School..."
  4. ^ Cotayo, Charles. "Arvida Receives Coveted Award", The Miami Herald, June 28, 1998. Accessed August 8, 2007. "Arvida Middle School in the Crossings recently was named one of only five Florida schools and 166 schools nationally to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education this year."
  5. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools Project", U.S. Department of Education
  6. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  7. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."

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Coordinates: 25°40′00″N 80°24′01″W / 25.666731°N 80.400162°W / 25.666731; -80.400162