Choice Options in District 2

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)  remains committed to the principle that all students deserve an opportunity to participate in rigorous and academically challenging courses and programs. M-DCPS understands that our economic  vitality is largely derived from the productivity of well-trained people and the steady stream of innovations they produce. As we move toward a knowledge-based economy, the District needs to make bold and courageous investments in our intellectual capital. Miami-Dade County Public Schools firmly believes that strong school choice options based on quality thematic offerings will provide students a powerful foundation that will prepare them to thrive and excel in postsecondary education and the workplace.These unique programs of study will prove to be gateways to a productive life and to a positive future for our students.

Included here is a listing of choice program options that are available in your communities in STEM, International Education,Advanced Academics, Career & Technical, as well as visual & Performing Arts. For additional information on any of these programs, please contact each school directly. You may also contact School Choice and Parental Options for additional information on Magnet programs at 305.995.1922, and Advanced Academic Programs for additional information on International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International, AP Capstone, Dual Enrollment, Montessori, and Gifted programs at 305.995.1934 or visit us online at and/or at advanced academic

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MDCPS Vice Chair, Dr. Bendross-Mindingall addresses Zika



Zika is an illness spreading in areas of North, Central and South America. It’s caused by infections with the Zika virus.


In general, Zika causes mild symptoms—if any. Only 20% of people who get Zika have symptoms. These may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Skin Rash
  • Red Eyes (Conjunctivitis)
  • Joint or muscle pain

Symptoms often last from a few days to a week.

Unborn babies suffer the highest risk! Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors and if outside wear long sleeves and use insect repellent.


Although the risks are low for children going to school in August. We must do our best to take preventive measures to ensure the safety of our children. Wear long sleeve shirts and spray the children down with insect repellant or lemon grass oil.

More info can be found at the Florida Department of Health:

Community Partners support our students at Comstock Elementary 

School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) thanks the Marlins Ayudan Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Little Havana for their continued support to our deserving students at Comstock Elementary.

We salute Principal Adrian Rogers, administration, teachers, staff, and parents for educating and caring for our children. 

Welcome Back to the 2016-17 School Year!

School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was excited to join the Marlins Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, and Billy the Marlin at their School Supplies distribution at Lenora Braynon Smith Elementary on the first day of school (August 22, 2016).

We also appreciate their wonderful support to all our students at the following District 2 schools: Comstock Elementary, Orchard Villa Elementary, Melrose Elementary, and Santa Clara Elementary.

Thanks for making sure our students our ready and prepared for a successful school year. 

2nd Annual Back to School Celebration and Student Talent Contest – A SUCCESS

School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) congratulates all of our amazing students who competed at the District 2 Back To School and Talent Contest Celebration. It was a wonderful showcase of the enormous talent we have in our community. Thanks to the Circle of Brotherhood for auditioning our students and hosting the 2nd Annual event at Charles R. Drew K -8 Center. A Special Shout out to UTD for their tremendous support and for serving as judges! 

A Special appreciation to Charles R. Drew K-8 Center Principal Abner, Asst. Principal Chery, and custodians for their continues support.
Have a wonderful Opening Day of School on Monday, August 22, 2016.

District 2 Gives Back – Farm Share Food Distribution at Miami-Dade College North Campus 

Our Farm Share Food Distribution was a tremendous SUCCESS! Thanks to State Senator Rene Garcia, State Representative Cynthia A. Stafford, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and Miami-Dade College North Campus for co-hosting the August 13th event. A Special thanks to all of our amazing volunteers for giving back to our community!