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Miami Northwestern Sr. High receives first A grade

On the brink of being shut down, school defies odds

Ashley Montgomery | 12/25/2013, 9 a.m.

It’s now report card time for County schools as the Florida Department of Education [FDOE] issued school grades for the 2012-13 school year. No F’s were given out to Miami-Dade and Broward County high schools, according to numbers released last Wednesday. Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Principal Wallace Aristide and others celebrated Miami Northwestern Senior High [MNWSH] receiving an “A” rating. Just five years ago, MNWSH was in jeopardy of being shut down by the State due to its low academics. Cheers and smiles lit up the faces of students and staff, during the press conference as Aristide spoke of how far they’ve all come. He couldn’t thank his amazing staff enough during his speech. Aristide says that his strategy was simple: to change the shift in culture, change the conversation among staff and students, discuss how they could become more successful and observe data more closely to understand how he could turn things around. Audrey Edmonson, Miami-Dade County District 3 commissioner; Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, member of Miami-Dade County school board and Florida International University President, Mark Rosenburg were also in attendance last Wednesday.