Award Year: 2018
Archimedean Upper Conservatory
12425 SW 72nd Street
Miami, FL, 33183-2513
Mr. Demetrios Demopoulos, Principal at time of Nomination
Charter School, Choice School
Dade School District
To initiate the young mind into the art of thinking through the teaching of Mathematics and the Greek Language.
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 11%
- Hispanic: 77%
- Asian: 10%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 55%
Archimedean Upper Conservatory (A.U.C.) is a conservatory of mathematics and the Greek language seeking to foster the art of thinking, well-roundedness, intellectual curiosity, strong work ethic, and sound ethical conduct. We believe that all students deserve to achieve their full potentials and lead happy, fulfilling, opportunity-rich lives.
With the motto "knowledge is freedom," A.U.C., despite its unique and intensive curriculum, is a public institution with open enrollment. With a student body made of approximately 90% minority, 70% first generation college bound, and 60% socioeconomically disadvantaged students, A.U.C.'s college-bound culture is essential to the school's mission to provide the first critical steps towards their upward social mobility and, by extension, to that of their families.
A.U.C. is a coeducational, partial Greek immersion charter school offering an academically rigorous and balanced college preparatory program. A.U.C.'s combination of a familial environment with ample personal attention and a rigorous high-intensity curriculum has been the springboard to catapult students to opportunities often never imagined by them or their families. Archimedean challenges every student academically regardless of initial academic level by offering and encouraging a large selection of rigorously taught Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses. Aiming to produce students who are capable of handling demanding coursework and course loads as well as a multiplicity of concurrent responsibilities characteristic of college and adult life, all A.U.C. students take two credits of additional core coursework yearly resulting in an extended school day from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. As a conservatory of mathematics and the Greek language, A.U.C. offers a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive, and stimulating English-Greek bilingual curriculum. The school offers an advanced and deep curriculum in mathematics with students taking two courses in mathematics yearly, one taught in English and the other in Modern Greek. Research has established a positive relationship between basic thinking skills and the development of bilingualism. A core-curriculum with mandatory courses such as Ethics, Physics, European History, Logic and Semantics, Calculus, Women Studies, and Statistics, provides for a well-rounded, connected, and deeper education and understanding of the world, while a plethora of choices of competitive academic and athletic teams provide ample opportunities for students to develop leadership, collaboration, teamwork, organizational, time management, and sportsmanship skills.
While Archimedean Upper Conservatory has been ranked consistently among the top three 9-12 public schools in the state by the Florida Department of Education, and among the Top-50 high schools in the country by both The U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Post, the greatest recognition of the quality of its education and academic accomplishments comes from the universities and liberal arts colleges across the country. A.U.C.’s college admissions record, the culmination of four-years or hard work and dedication from faculty, students, administration, and parents, is unrivaled by any public high school in Miami-Dade. From 2012 until 2018, A.U.C. graduated 317 students; more than 99% of them enrolling in an institution of higher education immediately after graduation, 96% earned admissions to a four-year liberal arts college or university, and an amazing 21% earning admissions to a Top-25 institution! The 317 Archimedean alumni attended/are attending approximately 70 different colleges and universities across the nation, a sign of the personalized support and planning our school offers each student in the effort to place each student at a higher education environment that best matches his/her needs and objectives. They were offered in scholarships and grant monies a total of more than $19,500,000 per year. As per our school's motto, "knowledge is freedom"; freedom of choices, freedom to upward social mobility, freedom to meaningful and fulfilling lives.