Award Year 2017
- White: 6%
- Hispanic: 89%
- Asian: 5%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 42%
Doral Academy of Technology (DAT) is located in the heart of the city of Doral, Florida. DAT is a Miami Dade Public Charter School in which students are required to participate in an open lottery process. DAT aims to prepare students for high academic performance, stimulate their lifelong love of math and science, and create new pathways for them to pursue academic and professional careers in the fields of Math, Science, Engineering and Technology. Students in grades 6-8 are provided with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and a rich extra-curricular program of activities. The school model is unique in that it places a premium on preparing students for advanced academic course work as early as sixth grade. The academic program comprises seven courses per year, four of which are Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences in levels from Intensive through Pre-Advanced Placement. Students also have the opportunity to earn high school credit during middle school in mathematics, science, and foreign language courses. Students may also chose STEM courses in a variety of disciplines, including Robotics 1 and 2, Future City 1 and 2, Introduction to Computer Science, and Video Game Design. Moreover, project-based learning is at the heart of the instructional approach in DAT. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that develop creative and civic engagement in the classroom and local competitions. Students are not just assessed on their understanding of academic content, but also on their ability to successfully apply the content learned when solving authentic real-life problems. The school offers a curriculum that contributes to this vision by providing students with a full range of opportunities in the classroom, as well as through clubs and community service, to learn and develop skills that will empower them to become lifelong learners.