School Programs

All Students at Ada Merritt K-8 Center participate in a Dual Language, highly rated International Baccalaureate Programme. In addition, students will have the opportunity to pursue dual language  proficiency. In first through fifth grade, they may enter the Spanish Section of the International Studies Program (IS) for Spanish/English proficiency or the International Education Program (IE) for English /Portuguese proficiency. In Middle School, students in the IS Program will take higher level Spanish classes.

What is the Dual Language Program?


Designated as a Bilingual School Organization (BISO), Ada Merritt offers students the opportunity to pursue a dual language education in English/Portuguese or English/Spanish. This successful program is based on the philosophy of the transfer of skills from one language to another. Every elementary school student spends sixty percent of their day in English language instruction and forty percent of their day in a second language.
n the other language of instruction.

What is the  International Studies Program?


Students pursuing English/Spanish proficiency will have the opportunity to enter the Spanish Section of the International Studies Program (IS). This dual recognition program is a collaborative effort of M-DCPS and the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. The ISP offers students the opportunity to explore social science and science objectives which are part of Spain's educational curriculum and not covered by Florida standards. This highly demanding academic program will enable students to receive a "bachiller" degree from Spain as well as a High School Diploma upon successful 12th grade graduation from the program and fulfillment of the educational requirements set up by each country. The ISP functions as a component of Ada Merritt's English/Spanish two way bilingual program with an additional hour of daily instruction in Spanish.

What is the  International Education Program?

International Education Program
 

     The International Education Program (IEP) was established during the 2005-2006 school year by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and in support by the Cultural Center of Brazil (Centro Cultural do Brasil).

     IEP presents selected students in first through fourth grades with a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture and their official language. Students are chosen by their homeroom teacher based on levels of proficiency in the Portuguese language. The students are also chosen based upon their ability to display positive behavior and attitudes across subject areas.

What is the International Baccalaureate Programme?

Quality education for a better world
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers three high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 312, the Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students aged 1116, and  the Diploma Programme (DP) for high school students.
Ada Merritt K-8 Center is officially an IB World School offering a Primary Years Programme and a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme.

The IB programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It emphasizes critical thinking and an integrated approach to learning and encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

International Baccalaureate Programs

IB Mission Statement
High quality international education for a better world

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring,
knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and
more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop
challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become
active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that
other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

What does IB offer?
The IBO develops three programmes of international education for students aged 3 to 19.
Throughout those programmes, the
IB learner profile provides a long-term vision of education.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3 to 11 in grades K-5
 
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students
aged 11 to 16:  Three Year Program (grades 6,7,8) or Five Year Program (grades 6,7,8,9,10)
The Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to19 in grades 11, 12
Ada Merritt K-8 Center is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
with a fully authorized Primary Years Programme (PYP)
and Middle Years Programme (MYP).