Bridgeprep Academy of Arts and Minds

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Bridgeprep Academy of Arts & Minds Charter High School
School Campus
BAAM Campus
3138 Commodore Plz

United States
TypePublic Charter
MottoHome of the Stars
School districtMiami-Dade County Public Schools
SuperintendentAlberto M. Carvalho
PrincipalAntonietta Michelle Digirolamo
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment385 (2015-16)[1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Blue & Yellow          

Bridgeprep Academy of Arts and Minds Charter High School (BAAM) (formerly the Academy of Arts and Minds) is a performing and visual arts public secondary charter school in Coconut Grove, in Miami-Dade, Florida. The principal is Antonietta Michelle Digirolamo.


The Academy of Arts and Minds was the first performing-arts charter school in the Miami-Dade County school district. It was founded in 2003 by Manuel Alonso-Poch, a real-estate lawyer, and is housed in a former shopping mall.[2][3] By 2011, enrollment had expanded to 450 students, but gaps in staffing and resources were noted,[2] and the school board investigated claims of conflict of interest on the governing board.[2][3][4]

In 2010[3] and 2011 the State of Florida gave the school an "A" grade, but this declined to a "C" in 2013. The school contracted with S.M.A.R.T. Management, an education management company, hired Antonietta DiGirolamo as principal, and upgraded educational technology.[5] In 2014 US News & World Report ranked BAAM 32nd in Florida.[6]


  1. ^ "BRIDGEPREP ACADEMY OF ARTS & MINDS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Gonzalez, Sarah (October 12, 2011). "State Impact: Loopholes In Florida Law Mean Little Oversight of Charter Business Deals". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c McGrory, Kathleen; Hiaasen, Scott (October 8, 2011). "Charter school in Coconut Grove draws controversy". The Miami Herald. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Alvarado, Francisco (December 24, 2012). "Academy of Arts and Minds Hasn't Fixed Conflicts of Interest, School Board Auditor Says". Miami New Times (Blog).
  5. ^ "Executive Summary: Academy of Arts & Minds". Advance Education, Inc. April 14, 2015. p. 3. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Academy of Arts & Minds ranked 32nd in Florida for 2014". Academy of Arts & Minds. April 22, 2014.

Coordinates: 25°43′38″N 80°14′40″W / 25.7271°N 80.2445°W / 25.7271; -80.2445