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 assignment of students to District schools shall be consistent with the best interests of students and the best use of District resources.

Attendance Areas 2017-2018

The Superintendent is responsible for proposing attendance areas for District schools. The Superintendent will be assisted in this task by School Operations, the Office of School Facilities, and the Attendance Boundary Committee (ABC).

The Offices of School Facilities and School Operations will provide the Attendance Boundary Committee and the community with proposed attendance boundary changes for schools in 2017-2018. Community input on these boundary changes will be solicited at regional community meetings. Individuals who wish to present alternate recommendations will be assisted by region staff. Any alternate proposals must be reviewed through the same process as the Superintendent’s proposals. Community and ABC meetings will be held to present the attendance boundaries established for 2017-2018. The Superintendent is authorized to develop administrative procedures to implement this process.

The ABC will take the following factors into consideration when reviewing proposed attendance areas regarding school boundaries: compliance with class size reduction mandate, impact on special education programs, use of available student stations within contiguous areas, degree and extent of transportation, programmatic impact due to lack of student housing, reduction of the number of schools students must attend, integrity of feeder systems, assignment of students from new residential developments to specific schools prior to completion of developments, construction of new schools, promotion and maintenance of diverse school enrollments, and prevention, reduction or elimination of racial isolation to the extent practicable.

Staff in School Operations, Office of School Facilities, Information Technology Services, Department of Transportation, Research Services, Office of Diversity Compliance, and Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Grants Administration and Community Engagement, will assist the Superintendent in providing data, analyze proposed attendance areas, and prepare recommendations for submission to the School Board.

The Board-approved school attendance zones for the current school year are contained in the following documents:



Attendance Zones Previously Approved by the Board - 2016-2017;



Attendance Zone Recommendations and Related Administrative Actions – 2017-2018.

Copies of these documents are incorporated by reference in this policy and are on file in the Office of Board Recording Secretary and in the Citizen Information Center.

No assignment to schools or attendance schedules shall discriminate against students on the basis of gender, race, religion, disability, national origin, sex, color, ethnic or national origin, marital status, genetic information, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identification, social and family background, linguistic preference, medical reason, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition to pregnancy, handicap, handicap against a student or employee, and any other legally prohibited basis.

The parent of siblings who are assigned to the same grade level and school may request that the school place the siblings in the same classroom or in separate classrooms. This request must be made no later than five (5) days before the first day of school each school year or five (5) days after the first day of attendance of the students if the students are enrolled in school after the school year commences. The school is not required to meet the request if there is factual evidence indicating a specific placement is better for the student than that requested by the parent.

The Superintendent may assign a student to a school other than that designated by the attendance area when such exception is justified by circumstances and is in the best interest of the student.

Whenever school boundaries are revised, every effort shall be made to continue a student in the elementary school to which s/he was initially assigned.

Wherever possible and advisable in the interests of students in non-magnet schools and programs, siblings shall be assigned to the same school. Assignment of siblings of students to magnet schools and programs is governed by Policy 2370.

The Superintendent shall assign incoming transfer students to schools, grades, and classes that provide each student the greatest likelihood of realizing their fullest educational potential.

The principal shall assign students in his/her school to appropriate grades, classes, or groups. This action shall be based on consideration of the needs of the student as well as the administration of the school.

Request for Student Transfers

A student may be permitted to attend a school other than the school serving the parents' residential area as stipulated in Policy 5131.

Nonresident Students

Students who are not residents of Miami-Dade County may attend District schools as stipulated in Policy 5131.

F.S. 1000.05
F.S. 1001.41
F.S. 1001.49
F.S. 1002.20
F.S. 1002.31
F.S. 1003.02
F.S. 1003.06
F.S. 1003.21

Revised 6/15/11
Revised 7/18/12
Revised 4/17/13
Revised 6/18/14
Revised 6/17/15
Revised 6/22/16
Revised 5/24/17

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