International Baccalaureate MYP Magnet Programme 

Admissions Information

Magnet acceptance notifications went out March 30, 2020. Please check your email for results.

Any questions please complete the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of the home page 

Follow these instructions if you received your notification:

Accepted Students:

Log back into the Magnet application system to accept your chosen school. (Login at: Please note, once a school/program is selected, the other schools to which the student was accepted will be automatically declined. Once declined, a school/program will no longer be available for selection. Students will remain on the random selection list for the schools to which they are currently wait-listed.

*If you were accepted: #1) Accept online #2) Return the signed DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE to Mr. Wilson within two weeks. If you DO NOT COMPLETE steps 1 & 2, your child WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

  • IF you do not have an online account, contact the M-DCPS hotline at 305-995-HELP to declare or decline your seat over the phone. Be prepared to identify yourself and verify student information.

  • After accepting the seat on-line, parents must contact the accepted school directly ONCE SCHOOLS HAVE REOPENED to inquire about registration/enrollment deadlines, individual school forms as well as transportation availability (if needed).

  • Parents must accept by the deadline date of April 15th, 2020 or the seat will be forfeited and go to the next student on the waiting list.

  • Accepted students must be enrolled as full-time students in the accepted Magnet school/program.

  • Once schools reopen parents/legal guardians must comply with school/program requirements in a timely manner to ensure program placement.

If Wait-Listed:

Students will be selected from the random selection wait-list as seats become available, and will be notified electronically. Placement status is also available by checking your account in the Magnet Application System. You may change acceptance to a preferred program only if your child’s status changes from Wait-Listed to Accepted. According to MDCPS policy, Ammons MS is not allowed to give out where students fall on the wait list, which is generated randomly. After April 15th, every 5-7 days MDCPS checks how many seats remain in the Ammons MS magnet program and sends out new invites for those remaining seats. These invites are only good for 5 days so make sure to check your email weekly. MDCPS continue this process until all seats are claimed.

If Not Accepted:

The student did not meet entrance requirements. Any inquiries must be made directly to the individual school(s).
Not Accepted result(s) may include Visual & Performing Arts students who were not selected or did not schedule or attend an audition. Parents were responsible to contact school(s) for auditions.

Thank you for your interest in Magnet Schools within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. We wish your child the best in his/her future academic endeavors.

How to Apply

Ammons is a Magnet School of MDCPS and students must apply during the application window in the fall of the year prior to the year you hope to attend (Begins October 1 and ends January 15th). Applications are subject to a random lottery drawing. You will be notified of acceptance in Mid-March (March 15th).

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students may apply for 6th and 7th grade only.

  • Students may have one area of weakness and still be a qualified applicant. Having two areas of weakness defers the applicant, who may apply again for admission in 7th grade.

Grade Requirements:

  • Academic grade of “C” or higher in all subjects

  • Effort scores of 1 or 2 only, no 3’s

  • Conduct grade of “C” or above in all subjects

  • More than 10 absences per school year will be reviewed on an individual basis

  • Two or more conduct referrals are reviewed on an individual basis

  • Grades are evaluated from current and previous years

Eligibility Justification:

  • All secondary International Baccalaureate programs have minimum eligibility requirements due to the high expectations and rigor of the Middle Years and Diploma Programs.


  • Applications are due January 15th at 11;59pm

  • Response letters go out electronically in March 15th

Ammons Vision Statement

Action through Global Awareness


Ammons Mission Statement

The mission of the Herbert A. Ammons community is to engage students in developing their intellectual, emotional, and social talents while promoting responsible citizenship in a global society. Engaged in a holistic approach to education, students grow in intercultural awareness, becoming compassionate, independent, life-long learners.


Ammons Core Values

The core values stressed at Herbert A. Ammons Middle School come from the attributes of the International Baccalaureate learner profile. Students are encouraged to be inquirers who are knowledgeable thinkers and communicators, principled, open-minded, caring risk-takers who are balanced and reflective. For more on LEARNER PROFILE click here.

A Quick History of International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a recognized leader in the field of international education. IB programmes encourage students to be reflective, active, and lifelong learners and critical thinkers. IB students are forever curious, fully engaged citizens who both embrace their own culture and are open and responsive to other cultures and views. 

Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with over 3,555 schools in 144 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over one million students aged 3 to 19 years. 

We value our hard earned reputation for quality, high standards, and pedagogical leadership. We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century. At its heart, the IB is motivated by a mission to create a better world through education. All of this is captured in our mission statement.


The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. 

It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life.

What the MYP offers students

The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

VIDEO = What is an IB Education?

Who can participate in IB? Students who are…
Seeking greater academic and extracurricular challenges
Determined and self-motivated
Willing to work hard
Thinkers and Curious

Why choose IB?
IB is regarded as the most rigorous curriculum in MDCPS and a rigorous curriculum is one of the things high schools and colleges look for on a transcript. 

IB Advantages
Internationally recognized academic program
Promotes academic preparedness and creates well-rounded students
Promotes global and cultural awareness
Raises standards of the whole school
Intellectual rigor and high academic standards
Cohesive, standardized and diverse curriculum
College recognition

IB Students are more likely to be accepted into college, including selective colleges.
•    The average acceptance rate of IB students into university/college is 22% higher

than the average acceptance rate of the total population.
•    The acceptance rate of IB students into Ivy League institutions is between 3% and 13% higher

compared to the total population acceptance rate. 
What are some of the colleges Ammons IB students have attended?


University of Florida    

University of Miami
Florida State University  

Paris-Sorbonne University & University of Paris

Universitat de Barcelona & Universitat de Madrid



New York University - NYU

And so many others

As a parent of three, I am very pleased to have chosen Herbert Ammons Middle School as the place where all my children would attend school and learn. It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for me to know that our daughter, Emma, currently spends her days learning and studying at Herbert Ammons Middle School and my twins, Lucas and Sarah have also spent their days learning and growing at Ammons. I am grateful for the outstanding and well-rounded education all my children have received and are receiving. The rigorous International Baccalaureate program is well balanced between academics and extra-curricular activities, both which present unique learning experiences and opportunities for growth.

Just like her older siblings, Emma is very happy to be a part of the “Ammons” family and is enjoying her time in school. I am confident that all the activities in which she is involved in school will help her with her confidence and build her self-esteem, as they did with her older brother and sister. The community service aspect aimed at assisting students to become more global minded has exposed my children to new volunteer experiences, making them more aware of the world around them. This has resulted in my children learning the value of service to others. Most importantly, my children have always been inspired and influenced by their exceptional teachers at Ammons Middle.

As the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) President and former PTSA Treasurer many parents have shared with me that their children, who have attended Ammons, were very well prepared to take on the challenges of high school, proving once again that Ammons provides an outstanding education for their students. At each PTSA general meeting, we have provided parents with tips on organization, time management training, and study skills support. We have been impressed by the amount of personal communication from the administration and teachers. Ammons fosters the growth of students and individuals and encourages them to become more responsible and set high goals for themselves as well. 

I am grateful to be a part of the Ammons “family” and to know that my children feel the same way. I look forward to my daughters continuing progress and I am happy about my older children’s experiences and achievements based on their time at the school. Ammons Middle School has a history of outstanding academic achievement and an environment that exceeds my expectations. 


Sofia Hussey
Parent / PTSA President
Herbert Ammons Middle School

Principal: Maria Costa

Assistant Principals: Maria Masso & Francisco Sauri

Magnet Lead Teacher / IB Coordinator: David Wilson