TERRA Environmental Research Institute

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TERRA Environmental Research Institute
11005 S.W. 84th Street
Kendall, Florida 33173
United States
School type Public, magnet
Established 2009
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Jose Luis Sirven
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1800
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Green, Navy, and White
Mascot Wolves
Accreditation AdvancED[1]

TERRA Environmental Research Institute is a secondary school in Miami, Florida, United States that opened in 2009 with a class of new freshmen. It is a LEED Certified school.

This school has three magnet academies: Biomedical Research, Robotics & Engineering, and Environmental Research. The school was built to continue research while benefiting the environment. It offers many advanced programs, with some freshmen already being enrolled in Chemistry and Pre-Calculus the opening year.


As a school of choice, Terra requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all Core classes, a 2.0 GPA in conduct, and effort grades of 2 or higher on a 3 point scale. Teachers are not allowed to fail or give low performing scores to students who are not proficient in classes. Applicants must also have taken Algebra I and Physical Science before their freshman year. No more than 10 unexcused absences are permissible for admissions.[2]


Terra has an alternating three-block schedule, with a total of six class periods. One of these periods must be a course from the student's respective academy, and two must consist of one mathematics and one science course. Students may select either one or two elective courses, depending on whether they are taking a social studies class that year.[3]

More than 20 Advanced Placement classes are offered across a variety of subjects, including English Language and Composition/English Literature and Composition, Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, World History, United States History, Human Geography, and Psychology.

World languages[edit]

Students are required to earn two consecutive foreign language credits for graduation. Terra offers Spanish (the most popular), French, and Japanese. Advanced Placement courses are available for each.

Performing and fine arts[edit]

Students are required to earn one credit in performing and fine arts for graduation. Choices include:

  • T.V Production
  • Drama
  • Stagecraft
  • Art/2-D/3-D Comprehensive
  • Advanced Placement Studio Art
  • Guitar, Band, and Chorus
  • Speech and Debate



All students are required to wear a school uniform, which consists of either a white or hunter green polo bearing the school logo, and navy blue pants. Belts must be worn at all times. Sweaters can be blue, green, or white, and must also include the school logo. Undershirts should be solid colors, and must be hunter green, navy blue, or white.[5][citation needed]


Physical education[edit]

All students are required to earn one physical education credit for graduation. Physical education consists of extensive conditioning, running, and playing sports, as well learning about nutrition, health, and the human body.


Students at Terra may participate in a variety of sports, that include the following:

Fall Sports-

  • For Girls: Volleyball, golf, cross-country, swimming and bowling
  • For Boys: Golf, cross-country, swimming and bowling

Winter Sports-

  • For Girls: Basketball and soccer
  • For Boys: Basketball and soccer

Spring Sports-

  • For Girls: Flag football, softball, badminton, tennis, and water polo
  • For Boys: Baseball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, and water polo