Beyond Insight: Best schools grow economies

Updated: Jun 2


There's clear evidence that the educational success of a region has a direct and positive correlation to the economic development and success of that region.


Miami-Dade County Public Schools at the top

A recent report provides positive news and an inspiring outlook on Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) impact on economic development. MDCPS has landed again in the U.S. News & World Report list of the 2022 Best High Schools in America, based on the review of nearly 24,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

M-DCPS led Florida once again with 91 traditional and magnet schools on the list, including six high schools, among the top 100 in the nation and nine in the top 20 for the state. This includes School for Advanced Studies (SAS), which is ranked the number one school in Florida, and the fourth top school in the nation.


Education impacts economies

Education is about more than basic learning, it's about understanding the link between education and economic development on a personal and professional level. Education tends to raise productivity and creativity, as well as stimulate entrepreneurship and technological breakthroughs. All of these factors lead to greater output and economic growth. Education is truly one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and it sets the foundation for sustained economic growth.

U.S. News and World Report analyzed all the schools using a six-step analysis, including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests, school performance, math and reading proficiency, graduation rates and achievement gap. Our own data reveals that these areas can have a powerful impact on the strength of the economic potential of a region.


Six M-DCPS schools among the best

Here are the six Miami-Dade schools that ranked in the top 100:

#4 School for Advanced Studies (SAS)

#39 School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Homestead

#60 Young Women’s Preparatory Academy

#73 Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy

#74 Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH)

#99 iPreparatory Academy (iPrep)



Nine M-DCPS schools among Florida’s top 20

Here are the six Miami-Dade schools that ranked in the top 20:

#1 School for Advanced Studies (SAS)

#3 School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Homestead

#6 Young Women’s Preparatory Academy

#7 Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy

#8 Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH)

#11 iPreparatory Academy (iPrep)

#12 Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST@FIU)

#18 International Studies Preparatory Academy

#19 Terra Environmental Research Institute


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A stronger economy for Miami-Dade?

So what does this news mean for the future of Miami's econmic development outlook? For starters, it signals a great message that the talent and workforce is getting the necessary education to compete regionally. Assuming that metropolitan Miami can keep its talent local, the prospects for a elevated economic development looks positive.


Education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development. No country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital. Education enriches people's understanding of themselves and the world. It improves the quality of their lives and leads to broad social benefits to individuals and society. Education raises people's productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. In addition it plays a very crucial role in securing economic and social progress and improving income distribution.

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