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New iPrep Academy gives students technology-rich environment

Miami-Dade Public Schools is tightening its embrace with the 21st century by unveiling the newest addition to its magnet school fleet, reports the Miami Herald: the iPrep Academy, a high school that will offer a personalized, technology-rich experience for students this fall at the school district’s administration building near downtown Miami.

“Geographically, it is near businesses and government organizations,” said Albert Pimienta, an administrator with the district’s Instructional Technology Department, which has been working on plans for the school. “But part of the curriculum is also an internship with a local business or government branch. Part of the students’ typical school day will be internship.” The school will give each student a laptop computer to use at the fully Wi-Fi enabled campus and at home. In addition, the curriculum will consist of both online and face-to-face classes at the Honors and Advanced Placement level. According to Pimienta, the combination of computer and traditional classes will give learning a more individualistic twist. “It will make the learning experience more personal,” he said. “It’s not the standard curriculum you see in normal high schools — it will be adapted for the environment.”

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