Location profiles can assist companies opening a new office, recruiting an employee or deciding if employees can transition to local, state or public schools. These profiles are tailored to address the specific needs of an organization or family. Lower cost/high quality alternatives can include assessment of local public school options, special program availability or other factors that might impact school selection that is unique to that location.
Case Study: Miami, Florida
Challenge: Unique Schooling Market
Miami has a unique demographic and geographic environment and their school system; it is different from other US cities in the way admissions and priorities in public schools is done. How can domestically relocating employees make informed decisions about schooling in their new city?
- Limited number of boundary-assigned quality public schools
- Charters and magnet schools have strict deadlines and admissions criteria
- Relocating families do not usually move in time to establish residence in order to apply
- Private schools have testing and application deadlines
Families considering the Miami area school system find a complex system of diverse levels of academic quality in the schools and catchment area regulations and restrictions – such as admissions deadlines. Navigating this effectively meant that the research needed to examine each of the public school options, i.e. charter, magnet, traditional, virtual, etc. Florida, in some areas, has a Choice Program that allows its residents to submit their preferred schools outside of their catchment area, but the admission and eligibility requirements can leave uncertainty about enrollment in a suitable school.
This report includes research about application deadlines, mandated assessments, public school diploma options, curriculum choices and maps and samples of public boundary-driven and schools with special programs. Information for Special Needs, Gifted and Preschool students is included. Private school information includes the application process, barriers to entry, selectivity of admissions in addition to the map of selected schools. To further assist the families in the group move, the report also gives families tips on transferring schools and charts to easily compare the US and IB curricula for students.