School for Advanced Studies

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

What is SAS?
School for Advanced Studies (SAS) is a combined effort of Miami-Dade College (MDC) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS). The School for Advanced Studies is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). One hundred percent (100%) of our students graduate and continue their academic studies at colleges and universities in Florida, throughout the nation, or at foreign universities.

Is this a new program?
SAS has been open since the 1988-1989 school year. It started as a small program located at the North Campus of Miami Dade College. Since that time it has expanded to a total of four campuses: Homestead, Kendall, North, and Wolfson. The SAS total student population cannot exceed 500 students, with 200 at the Kendall Campus, 100 at the North Campus, 100 at the Wolfson Campus, and 100 at the Homestead Campus.

Who can apply?
SAS is designed for motivated and academically talented 11th and 12th grade students whose needs are not met in the traditional high school setting. The school is not a magnet school. Student selection is based solely on the order of application among students who meet the basic requirements for admission. Students apply from all senior high schools in the district and numerous private and parochial schools. Additionally, many home-schooled students choose SAS to complete their secondary studies and begin the transition to college.

What do I need to do to apply to SAS?
You must have the following credentials:
minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA
record of good attendance
record of good citizenship

When and how should I apply?
In mid-October of your 10th grade year, call any SAS campus to find out the dates and times of recruitment meetings at the various sites. At that meeting, you will receive applications and more specific instructions about completing the application process.

Is transportation provided?
School bus and/or metro-rail transportation funded by MDCPS is provided to students who live outside the two mile radius from each of the MDC sites.

Does SAS have extra-curricular activities?
Yes! We have honor societies, interest clubs, academic challenge clubs, service clubs, and field trips. The types of interest clubs available at each site vary depending on the interests of the students at the particular site. (E.g. Animal Rights, AIDS Awareness, Salsa, Interact, Chess, Ultimate Frisbee, etc.) Our students attend senior brunch, prom, Grad Nite …all the traditional senior activities. In addition we hold a fall and a spring dance, attend the Miami International Bookfair, and have schoolwide field trips during the year.

If you are currently involved in a sports team at your neighborhood school, we will try coordinate with the coach to allow you to continue your participation in the sport at that school.

What is a typical daily schedule?
Each student’s schedule is unique to his or her interests and needs. A typical schedule will vary depending on the college course selection and the math, social studies, and language arts requirements. Our high school teachers are also available to the students during the morning hours for extra tutoring and mentoring during their individual independent study time.

Sample schedule:

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What are the benefits of attending SAS?
Students admitted to SAS receive free tuition and fees, free textbooks and materials, and, if eligible, school bus and metro-rail transportation funded by MDCPS. One hundred percent (100%) of our students graduate and continue their academic studies at colleges and universities in Florida, throughout the nation, or at foreign universities. (Some have been accepted at such prestigious universities as Cornell, NYU, Yale, University of Chicago, Emery, Stanford, University of Edinburgh, and all the universities in the state of Florida.)

Each semester, students are enrolled in a minimum of three (3) college dual-enrollment courses, taught by MDC faculty, and three (3) high school courses, taught by M-DCPS faculty. After two years at SAS, students will earn a minimum of 36 college credits. Many students graduate with both an Associate in Arts degree and a high school diploma as a result of success on the AP exams, CLEP exams, and summer school at MDC.

The school population reflects the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the community. Students and faculty are supported by parental and community involvement. The school prides itself on its family-like environment, small school setting, and its focus on the humanities and a traditional education. The small high school environment affords the opportunity for individual student tutoring, counseling, and mentoring by faculty and staff. The environment provides a uniquely supportive transition between secondary and post-secondary education.

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