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Special Programs at Sylvania Heights Elementary


Sylvania Heights is proud to be a Cambridge Primary School.
With the expansion of Cambridge Programs, Miami-Dade County Public Schools will offer a rigorous academic continuum that emphasizes analysis, problem solving, and communication skills.  Students who earn the Cambridge AICE Diploma can be awarded college credit or advanced standing at the university level, in addition to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. Click here for more information on Cambridge Primary or visit http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-primary/.

We offer a variety of programs which motivate students to engage in productive learning! They are:


We are a STEAM designated school. Our STEAM program is designed to integrate science, technology, math, and the arts. The STEAM curriculum shows students how all the components of education and life work together. The STEAM program prepares students for the jobs of the 21st century with technology at its core. The use of technology is infused throughout all of the subjects and classroom activities. The STEAM program is implemented in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Extended Foreign Language Program

The Extended Foreign Language Program has been implemented at Sylvania Heights for the last seventeen years. Our school was  a pioneer, starting  this program along with three other schools in our district. The program teaches Spanish as a Second Language to students in Kindergarten to Fifth Grades. The EFL program offers a school within a school approach to world language education. The goal of the program is to offer students the opportunity to become proficient in speaking, reading, and writing in English and Spanish. At the elementary level, the program is designed for a group of students at each grade level who, after participation in the program for one school year, are enrolled in the subsequent grade level with the ultimate goal of creating a K-5 continuum.

Robotics Team

Our Robotics Team is using Lego Mindstorms to program a robot to perform various tasks and navigate obstacles. The team will compete at the Youth Fair.

Gifted Program

Our gifted program serves over 60 students in grades 2-5. Students participate in creative activities in the subjects of Reading and Language Arts.. Students are graded in these subject areas, as well as their other subjects. The program participates in District competitions such as the Spelling Bee, Poetry Contests, and other school site competitions.


Our school participates in an outreach program with FIU allowing our students to learn the latest coding skills and to participate in the annual Codefest at FIU.


Our Safety Patrols help monitor the hallways, breezeways, PE Shelter, and cafeteria in order to help ensure that our students travel safely when arriving and departing school. Look for the yellow patrol belts.

Chess Club

Our Chess club helps our students learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information. Playing chess helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning ahead, practicing patience and self-discipline.













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