Attention Future Vikings!

Magnet Online Applications will open October 1st, 2020

You must apply online at You may only pick one of our magnet programs, Global or Forensics.

Application deadline is January 15th, 2021.

It is suggested that you tour and contact all schools you are interested in before you submit your application as no changes can be made thereafter. The acceptance process is random lottery. Once you have submitted your application, you will wait until lottery results from MDCPS School of Choice office on March 15th!

We will offer school tours starting in October through January.
If you have any questions please email

Arvida’s has two AMAZING magnet programs


Are you interested in keeping the Earth clean and protecting our environment?  Do you want to become a global citizen that wants to protect nature?  Then the Global Studies environmental program is just for you!

Our Global Studies Academy was established in 1999. It allows students to see how their actions impact the world around them. It is an academically rigorous program that focuses on environmental stewardship. By using an interdisciplinary approach, students learn about issues affecting our environment, and they use critical thinking skills to create solutions for more effective and efficient ways to “go green”. With this unique hands-on approach to learning, students also participate in many field trips to enhance their “Global” experience. Some of these field trips include participating in Deering Estate’s NESTT Program, animal encounters, and in eighth-grade, a three-day field trip to Boston, Massachusetts. Some of the advantages to being a part of this academy are that students experience a school within a school atmosphere. This allows for an easy transition from elementary to middle school. Teachers work together to develop lessons that will foster students intellectual, emotional, and social growth.


Do you want to be a Forensic Investigator? Are you interested in the criminal justice field? Then our Forensic Science magnet program is right for you!

Our Forensic Science Academy, which began in the summer of 2007, is unique, in that it is the first Forensic Science Academy in Miami Dade County. It is a case based program were students learn the skills necessary to solve a crime (fingerprint, fiber, chemical analysis, handwriting, etc.). Students will have the opportunity to participate in problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative learning, and academically rigorous content on a daily basis. Students who choose to be part of the Forensic Science program will also be invited to attend several field trips throughout their time at Arvida. Trips include but are not limited to, Hollywood Studios, Seaworld, Deering Estate, and Washington, D.C.Since Forensic Science is a discipline that requires critical thinking skills we have paired it with the Fine Arts in order to develop a well rounded child. It is suggested that students take at least one fine arts elective while participating in the program. They may select from art, drama, band, orchestra, and dance.

The vision of Arvida Middle School’s Forensic Science Magnet Program (FSMP) emphasizes discipline, academics and career opportunities in civic service. The program’s goals are to strive for academic excellence for all students, by providing a rigorous curriculum, integrating technology, thematically designed curriculum, and providing enrichment activities establishing practices that foster a lifetime of achievement. Field studies empower students to analyze and create solutions.  Educational activities within our program are aligned and support our vision and program goals.  Lessons reinforce the forensic theme of investigating and critical thinking.  FSMP students participate in an array of extra-curricular activities. 

Eligibility Requirements for both programs:

  • A minimum of 2.0 grade point average in each core academic subject (language arts, math, science, and social studies)
  • A minimum of 2.0 grade point average in conduct.
  • All effort grades in core classes must be a “2” or higher.
  • No more than 10 unexcused absences will be allowed for the previous year

Application period for the 2020-2021 school year will start on Oct. 1st and you may apply at

All magnet applications are due by January 15th, 2021! 

For any questions or concerns you can email