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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Design & Architecture Senior High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Miami, FL. It has 504 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 96% in reading.

Design & Architecture Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
269 responses
Average ACT
27
54 responses
AP Enrollment
62%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$33,999
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,056
National
$949
Median Home Value
$271,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
97%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • Field Day
    22%
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebrations
    19%
  • Black History Month Celebration
    15%
  • Portfolio Day
    15%
  • Fashion Show
    11%
  • Senior Strand Wars
    11%
  • 305 DAY
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
504
Free or Reduced Lunch
38%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
6%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,870
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.4%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,153/ year
National
$12,239
73%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
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Design & Architecture Senior High School Reviews

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DASH provides us with a supportive and welcoming environment that beams with creative energy, unlike any other. Its given me so many opportunities, like a 3 week all expense paid trip to NYC for a pre college program, and the chance to bond with people who are passionate about the same artistic field. I've had a wonderful experience at DASH, but I do feel the need to caution that it is definitely a huge commitment. DASH requires long hours of work, a genuine passion for art, and an understanding that you may sacrifice your academics for art (ex. no advanced math classes are taught after AP Calculus AB, physics and AP Environmental Science are not offered and have to be taken online). The school prepares you to pursue art in college, but I'm not sure if it prepares you well enough for an academic college career, hence the sacrifice. Despite this, there is no other school I would rather go to!
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This is a hell of a high school. This school annually ranks as one of the best, if not best Florida high schools. In addition, it ranks annually as a top 50 high school in the nation. This school offers students the chance to study architecture, industrial design, fashion design, film, and graphic design for 3 years! These programs of study are incredible. The faculty truly care about their students. In addition, colleges often reach out to recruit DASH students to attend their school.
There's a lot of diversity in both teachers and students--the environment is very accepting and the work is challenging. There are some issues with substandard teachers that the school will not replace, but the overall outlook with the teachers is a positive one. The art classes are fantastic. The clubs meet during lunch and there are no official after-school activities, sports, music or performing arts departments other than the clubs. The school doesn't have enough "yellow buses" for the kids that take them and many miss the bus, have to sit on the bus floor, or don't have the opportunity to take the free transport offer. Internships in the design district are offered to the seniors to get experience and create ties in the art industry. The alarms during fire drills sometimes cannot be heard in select classrooms.