The Miami Children’s Museum Charter School held their graduation ceremony at the Miami Children’s Museum on 27 May 2014. Thirty-three children made up the third graduating class of the MCM Charter School which benefits from the unique learning atmosphere of the Museum. Located on Watson Island in Miami, the Museum is one of two museums in the entire country to host a Charter School. More importantly, it is the only museum to host 400 children a day entirely for formal education programs.
CEO of MCM Deborah Spiegelman who spoke at the ceremony explained, “The admiration for our program is clear. Every day I interact with educators, parents and even students themselves who express their admiration for the unique creative opportunities we create for children to learn. Most of these students come from our very own Early Childhood Institute and we continue to fulfill a growing demand by parents for creative progressive learning. We are pioneers in the field with this museum –based learning.”
For the third grade 2013-14 FCAT reading exam, the MCM Charter School was 25% over the average for Miami Dade Public Schools mastery level. The FACT Math exam also saw the MCM Charter School exceed the Miami Dade Public School FACT mastery level by 19%. As a public school, the MCM Charter School is subject to the tests, methods and curriculum objectives of other public schools. However, the MCM Charter School uses a different approach from most schools to meet students’ learning objectives. By utilizing the museum’s exhibits and programs, students have a special creative, project-based learning approach.
The Miami Children’s Museum has 14 permanent exhibitions housed at its facility in Miami with many more traveling exhibits and activities held throughout the year. Visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org for more information.