“Just do your homework,” advises Lucia Troche, a social studies teacher at Driftwood Middle School in Hollywood, which offers a health-and-wellness themed magnet program. “Come to the school. Have a tour so you can see what it is like on a daily basis.”
Driftwood held its parent open house last week, but most others have yet to do so, meaning parents have a wealth of visiting opportunities remaining before the application deadline. At Driftwood, parents and prospective students were greeted at the door by the boisterous sounds of the school’s jazz band.
Once inside, families mingled with Driftwood’s six-foot-tall red cardinal mascot, and parents posed questions to a small army of gathered teachers and administrators. Students played interactive learning games, plucked strawberries from Driftwood’s “Environmental Wellness Garden,” and swung hula hoops to dance music blaring inside the school’s basketball gym.