Award Year: 2018

Herbert A. Ammons Middle School

17990 SW 142 Avenue
Miami, FL, 33177-7774

(305) 971-0158

Ms. Maria Costa, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School


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To engage students in developing their intellectual, emotional, and social talents while promoting responsible citizenship in a global society. Engaged in a holistic approach, students grow in intercultural awareness, becoming compassionate, independent, life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 12%
  • Hispanic: 72%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 3%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 50%
We Seek, We Soar, We Strive. We Are Ammons Eagles.

We Seek, We Soar, We Strive. We Are Ammons Eagles.

Herbert A. Ammons Middle School is a school wide International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). Herbert Ammons Middle School houses 1,075 students in grades 6-8. It is in the southwest section of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The school is represented by 30 different countries and a plethora of different languages. Its diverse population represents a multicultural mix of students.

Herbert Ammons Middle School was the first and only authorized, full-school International Baccalaureate Middle Years program in Miami Dade County Public Schools.

Ammons provides a holistic learning experience that promotes global awareness through theme based learning and interdisciplinary units. The program features seven subject areas and a community service component. The goal of Ammons is to produce responsible global citizens who demonstrate certain character attributes such as "thinkers, risk takers, inquirers, and communicators." Award winning programs in the arts and athletics help contribute to the goal of producing a truly well-rounded program that takes pride in educating the whole child.

At Herbert Ammons Middle School, as part of the IBMYP philosophy, students are also required to address service learning. All students are responsible for accruing 45 hours of community service. Furthermore, 8th grade students at Ammons are required to complete a community project that demonstrates the extension and development of their learning.

At Hebert Ammons Middle School, we encourage students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.