New Schools in the City of Doral

Live it Up Doral Magazine

The City of Doral is home to five of our Miami-Dade County Public Schools; John I. Smith K-8 Center, Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center, Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center, Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy, and Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School.

As the population in our city continues to increase, so has the need for more schools. That is why we have plans for new schools in the City of Doral. One of these will be a much needed high school which is set to open for the 2019-2020 school year. The second of these will be a brand new K-8 Center scheduled to open its door January 2020.

With the opening of our two new schools, we must also make changes to ensure that we are appropriately accommodating all our students, one of these is attendance boundary changes. Attendance boundaries determine your child’s “home” school according to where you live.

The development of attendance zone recommendations with community involvement continues to be one of our primary goals. Late in October we began the 2018-2019 Attendance Boundary Committee cycle. Comprised of School Board appointees and other key stakeholders, the Attendance Boundary Committee review recommendation for changes to school boundaries. The committee itself will hold meetings throughout November and December where they will discuss and formulate possible changes. They will then host a series of community meetings to present their recommendations to the community before final adoption of changes in June of 2019. This year, all Doral schools will be affected by boundary changes.

In reviewing recommendations, several factors are considered. The factors are:

  • Compliance with Class Size Reduction Mandate.
  • Impact on Special Education programs.
  • Use of available student stations within contiguous areas.
  • Degree and extent of transportation.
  • Programmatic impact due to lack of student housing.
  • Reduction of the number of schools students must attend.
  • Integrity of feeder systems.
  • Assignment of students from new residential developments to specific schools prior to completion of developments.
  • Construction of new schools.
  • Promotion and maintenance of diverse school enrollments.
  • Input from the community.

It often happens that important education policies and decisions are made, and parents feel uninvolved and left out of the conversation when it comes to the decision-making process. To provide the best for our students, community involvement isn’t an option; it’s a necessity. Keeping our parents well informed and involved will not only help yield better results in the classroom, but positively impact the overall well-being of Doral families. I encourage all parents and interested community members to stay informed and attend the community meetings taking place on this important issue as your input is not only welcome, but vital in this process.

For more information please contact my offices

at (305)995-1334 or at district5@dadeschools.net