Lawton Chiles Middle School, with the assistance of the Miami-Dade Public Schools (M-DCPS) North Regional Office, began offering the only accelerated science program the county that assists fifth grade students in receiving a middle school science credit.
The participants consist of 15 students from Palm Spring North Elementary and 15 students from Spanish Lakes Elementary. Lawton Chiles worked very closely with these two elementary schools to select fifth grade students who were not only high achievers and responsible, but who were also able to cope with the additional coursework.
These students travel to Lawton Chiles Middle School on Wednesdays and use one of the computer labs to access the course using the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) platform.
Preparing elementary students for middle school, course acceleration, and the digital environment are top priorities for Lawton Chiles Middle School.