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Miami Country Day School: About the School

Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory school that encompasses grades K-12. It is a private school that has approximately 1100 students and a class size of 8-24 students. It supports a learning environment that values and respects each individual member of the school community, and is committed to preparing students in their many endeavors, and creating life-long learners.

Miami Country Day School upholds the belief that each individual has social, spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and aesthetic potential, and that each student should be educated based on the “whole person.” As it is a non-denominational and co-educational school, the rich diversity within their community serves to enhance the complete educational experience of the students, as well as the teachers.

This school understands and embraces the fact that each individual has a wide range of abilities, and Miami Country Day supplies each student with valuable experiences and lessons to further enhance their talents and capabilities. Miami Country Day is committed to providing its students with the ability to experience a high quality of life. Students are instilled with a sense of value in regards to the importance of knowledge, altruism, artistic and physical endeavors, and spiritual peace.

The Abess Center for Environmental Studies

Miami Country Day School has a unique program for students Kindergarten through 5th grade. The Abess Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), under the guidance of Rowena Gerber and John Barbick, provides the students with the opportunity to explore Earth's biodiversity and a variety of environmental issues by engaging them in many hands-on learning activities.

The Abess Center for Environmental Studies houses a collection of animals that are representative of many major animal groups, and the gardens and greenhouse on campus provide a “living laboratory” for learning and use by the students. Projects within the Abess Center for Environmental Studies provide students with the opportunity to become scientists, journalists, mathematicians, illustrators, gardeners, script writers, researchers, nutritionists, authors, poets, teachers, cooks, and entrepreneurs. The students also participate in local, as well as international ventures as they attain the skills necessary for their future.

At the Abess Center for Environmental Studies, students and teachers immerse themselves in discovery and science, and learn together about the world and their environment around them.
 2004 - 2013


Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

Copyright 2006-2013 
Xavier Cortada