Award Year: 2016

Design and Architecture Senior High School

4001 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL, 33137-3505

(305) 573-7135

Dr. Stacey Mancuso, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Ana Alvarez-Arimon, Current Principal

Magnet School, Choice School


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To provide a high level, integrated education in art, design and academics using traditional faculty and career professionals to facilitate learning within the industry standards.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 26%
  • Hispanic: 59%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
DASH seniors present their work to reps during Portfolio Day.

DASH seniors present their work to reps during Portfolio Day.

Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) offers a rigorous academic, art, and design education. Students apply through an audition process to pursue studies in Architecture/Interior Design, Industrial Design (including transportation and product design), Fashion Design, Visual Communications (including graphic design and advertising), and Entertainment Technology/Film.

The student population at DASH mirrors the multicultural population of Miami-Dade County as well as the inclusion of varied socio-economic groups. "Education by Design" is the philosophy behind DASH. Our vision is to educate talented students to become confident and critical thinkers through interdisciplinary challenges in visual arts and design in preparation for college and a career in the design world.

The mission of Design and Architecture Senior High is to provide a student-centered education in art, design and the academics by using faculty and career professionals as facilitators of innovative thinking in a diverse learning community. Achievement of such a mission produces students who are thinking, caring, well informed, skilled, enriched, and prepared to solve problems of the built and natural environment.

Stakeholder participation is paramount in the success of the school. The design community supports DASH by preparing students for careers through the Executive Internship Program, placing students in local design and architectural firms, fashion and related showrooms. The DASH Advisory Board, comprised of architects, designers, educators, and alumni, has fostered new relationships in the design community. It meets on a monthly basis to share their expertise and resources. Families participate through PTSA sponsored activities, fundraisers, and Educational Excellence Advisory Council membership.