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School Type
Public Magnet School

French IS Grades
6th to 8th grades

Number of French IS Students

School Address & Telephone
3351 Matilda St,
Florida 33133
Tel: 305.444.7388

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Georges Washington Carver Middle

Number 1 Traditional Middle School in the State of Florida

George Washington Carver Middle School is recognized as an “A” school by the Florida Department of Education and is one of the top ranked public schools in the State. It is also a U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” and each year since, 2002, has been recognized by Magnet Schools of America with the “Magnet School of Excellence Award.”

The IS program was established at Carver in 1987.  It provides several language curriculums from 6th to 8th Grade (6ème - 4ème in French), among which the French International Studies Program.


School starts mid August and ends early June. From Monday to Friday: 9:05 am - 3:50 pm. 
Holidays are observed according to the Miami Dade County Public Schools calendar.  Calendar 2014/2015


The subjects taught in French are French Language, Mathematics and Social Studies (History and geography). In addition, students must take four subjects taught in English: Language arts, Science, Social Studies and an elective that goes from physical education to ESOL (English as a second language) for students arriving from France or other foreign countries.


Students who are exempt from ESOL classes may choose one of three electives which they have to select from the following list, by order of preference:

Fine Arts / Art Appreciation, Choir, Physical Education, Orchestra (brass or strings), Gifted class, journalism, computer science. In sixth grade, students who do not get their first choice usually have a combination of three electives during the school year (a period of art, a period of music and two periods of physical education).  This option allows them to try all three electives and select the appropriate one in 7th and 8th grade.


American subjects are taught by American teachers who have been certified by the State of Florida.  French subjects are taught by French teachers who can be categorized as shown below:

  • Teachers certified by the French Ministry of Education and hired locally by the school.  Certified by both the State of Florida and France, they have also been trained to teach in an international environment.
  • Local teachers.  Teachers who have been hired by the school and have a French diploma in their field but are not certified by the French Ministry of Education. 

More information

For further information like school policy, faculty, Esol classes, electives, admission process and more, download and access to the guide of the school. FIPA liaisons are also available by email to answer your questions: Alexandra Clément and Mylène Primard