The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The District's program of instruction shall provide all courses required for middle grades promotion, high school graduation, and appropriate instruction designed to ensure that students meet State Board of Education adopted standards in the following subject areas: reading and other language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign languages, health and physical education, and the arts.

Development of Program of Instruction

The Superintendent shall develop and implement a program of instruction as follows:

 A.Elementary School
  The primary purpose of the elementary school shall be to serve each individual student by promoting opportunities for optimum learning development. The program of instruction in the elementary school shall promote the language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, world languages, health and physical education, music, art, and other disciplines as shall be considered necessary to a well-rounded elementary school program. A procedure shall be established by which schools may recommend for approval courses or programs to meet the unique needs of students. Each subject field shall embrace in the materials used and in the teaching procedures employed, instruction in study and work habits, career awareness, library usage, safety, thrift, conservation, health and hygiene, citizenship, the establishment of purpose, and the development of character. Provision shall be made for the inculcation of ideals of group and individual behavior. The District shall foster organized play, intramural sports and games, hobby groups, and other organized student activities.

 B.Middle School
  The primary purpose of the middle school shall be to promote an expanded educational experience to meet the needs of the students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades of school. The District-wide program of studies and services adopted by the School Board shall determine the specific offerings. An approval process shall be established by which schools may recommend courses or programs to meet the unique needs of students. Specific course offerings, such as band (or music), dance, visual arts, drama, creative writing, physical activity, athletics, and student government, etc., are those that are to be encouraged, endorsed, and supported. Specific non-content area course offerings such as those offered through the visual/performing arts and athletics provides these opportunities for all students.

 C.Senior High School
  The primary purpose of the senior high school shall be to promote education which fits the needs of all students. Courses shall be offered at a level which will challenge students to perform to their capacity. The District-wide studies adopted by the Board shall determine the specific offerings. Library and counseling services shall be provided to enable educational objectives to be met. Student government, publications, drama, music, visual arts, physical activity, athletics, and social activities, etc., shall be promoted for the development of well-rounded citizens.

 D.Character-Development Program
  The Board shall provide a character-development program which is secular in nature in kindergarten through grade 12. The Superintendent shall develop, and the Board shall adopt, a curriculum for the character-development program that shall be submitted to the Florida State Department of Education (FLDOE) for approval. The character-development curriculum shall stress the qualities of patriotism; responsibility; citizenship; kindness; respect for authority, life, liberty, and personal property; honesty; charity; self-control; racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance; and cooperation. The character-development curriculum for grades 9 through 12 shall, at a minimum, include instruction on developing leadership skills, interpersonal skills, organization skills, and research skills; creating a resume; developing and practicing the skills necessary for employment interviews; conflict resolution, workplace ethics, and workplace law; managing stress and expectations; and developing skills that enable students to become more resilient and self-motivated.

Required Instruction

Instructional staff members, subject to Board policy and State Board of Education rules, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction, the topics and subject matter set forth in F.S. 1003.42.

Instruction in Operation of Motor Vehicles

See Board Policy 2432.

Instruction in Health Education

See Board Policy 5410 and Policy 2417.

Exemptions from Certain Instruction

Any student whose parent makes a written request to the Principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development, and treatment. A student so exempted will not be penalized by reason of that exemption.

F.S. 1001.51
F.S. 1003.42
F.S. 1003.4205
F.S. 1003.48

Revised 3/15/17

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