GERMAN MAGNET SCHOOLS APPLICATION PROCESS
Good To Know
- The Magnet Schools application period runs from October 1st through January 15th.
- For the 2020-21 school year, Sunset is accepting applications to the German International Studies (IS) program starting with Kindergarten
- Admissions decisions are announced on March 15th.
- Applications must be submitted through the Miami-Dade County School District Magnet Application website.
- School tours should be arranged through the main office of each school. GIPA does not arrange or give tours.
A distinct advantage of the German International Studies (IS) program is that IS students enjoy priority articulation from elementary school to the middle and high school IS programs. However, to ensure that students meet the minimum requirements for each school, Miami-Dade County requires all currently enrolled German IS students to submit an application to the next school through the regular Magnet Schools application process.
Submit a Magnet Application
While the German International Parents Association is happy to provide you with information on the magnet application process, it is important to note that GIPA is not involved in admissions decisions and is unable to influence decisions. Applications are submitted directly to Miami-Dade County Public Schools District (MDCPS) and all admissions decisions are made exclusively by MDCPS.
Please refer to the Miami-Dade County Magnet Schools website for deadlines and specific application requirements for each of the magnet schools.
Sunset Elementary School
- German International Studies (IS) in grades Kindergarten through 5th
- Entrance exam and interview required beginning with 2nd grade
- Fifth grade IS students receive priority articulation to 6th grade at GW Carver Middle School
Henry S West Laboratory School
- German International Studies (IS) in grades 2nd through 8th
- Eighth grade IS students receive priority articulation to 9th grade at Coral Reef Senior High School
- No longer accepting applications for new students in the German program at West Lab
GW Carver Middle School
- German International Studies (IS) and International Education (IE) in grades 6th through 8th
- International Studies (IS) students are those students who are already proficient/fluent in German. In most cases, these students began at Sunset Elementary School or Henry S. West Laboratory School. Sunset Elementary 5th grade students who apply to GW Carver Middle receive priority articulation into 6th grade and do not need to take an examination or be interviewed. (Henry S. West Lab 5th graders do not receive priority and will be admitted by lottery if spots are available.) IS students receive priority articulation into 9th grade at Coral Reef Senior High School.
- International Education (IE) students are just beginning to learn German in 6th grade. Entrance exam and interview are required. Admission is conducted by lottery. IE students do not receive priority articulation into 9th grade Coral Reef Senior High School.
- Other fluent (written and oral) German-speaking students who are not coming from Sunset Elementary School and who wish to enter the German IS program in 6th through 8th grades must take an entrance exam and be interviewed. Availability is limited (in some years, no spots are available) and admission will be conducted by lottery.
Coral Reef Senior High School
- Grades 9th through 12th
- International Studies (IS) students from GW Carver Middle School and Henry S. West Laboratory Middle School receive priority articulation into 9th grade.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) program begins in 11th grade.
- NEW FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR: Sunset Elementary school is now accepting applications for Kindergarten.
- All applicants to a German International Studies (IS), German International Education (IE), or German International Baccalaureate (IB) program school must complete the online magnet schools application. Students entering after second grade must also schedule an in-person interview and take an entrance examination.
- Applicants are admitted into the program by lottery conducted by the Miami-Dade County Public School District. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spots, a wait list will be started.
- Admissions decisions are announced on March 15th of each year.
- German International Studies (IS) students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements to remain in the IS program will enjoy priority articulation from Sunset to GW Carver Middle, and from GW Carver Middle and West Lab Middle to Coral Reef Senior High School.
- If you would like your child to continue in the German IS program (e.g. go from 5th grade at Sunset to 6th grade at GW Carver Middle, or from 8th grade at GW Carver to 9th grade at Coral Reef Senior High), you must still submit a magnet application through the normal Magnet Schools application process. This indicates to the school district that you intend to continue with the German IS program and enables them to ensure that your child meets the minimum requirements of the next level of the program (e.g. minimum GPA and conduct scores).
- When you fill out the application for GW Carver Middle, be sure to select German International Studies (IS). Do not select International Education (IE). The IE program is for students who are just beginning to learn German in 6th grade. You will be asked to select an interview/test date. However, your child does not need to interview or take a test again. This is a formality of the magnet application system. Just pick an interview date and submit your application. MDCPS will see that your child is coming from Sunset/Carver Middle and will eventually delete the test date (you will receive an email notification from GW Carver when they do that).
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