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Hodgson and Allen the provost and principal.The Miami-Dade County Public Schools has appointed Jason H. Allen, Ed.S. as Principal of the high school program of New World School of the Arts. An academic administrator and educator, Mr. Allen will be responsible for planning, organizing, administering and directing academic and operational activities at the high school level, which are essential to the operation of NWSA.
“As the new Principal at New World School of the Arts, I am excited and humbled to be a part of such an incredible partnership. The history and traditions provide the foundation of greatness that IS New World School of The Arts. I look forward to building positive and collaborative relationships with students, parents, staff and the college community as together we strive for greatness,” said Mr. Allen.
Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost of NWSA highlights, “Mr. Allen joins a unique institution that provides the very best arts training in South Florida through a unique partnership of institutions.  We all welcome him to his new role as high school principal and know that together we will continue the tradition of excellence that New World School of the Arts has built over three decades.”
Prior to joining NWSA, Jason H. Allen was Principal of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Golden Glades Elementary School. An educator since 2003, Mr. Allen comes from a family of educators and has been in the field of education at every K-12 level, both as a teacher and as an administrator. Mr. Allen was selected to participate in a two-year Florida Turnaround Leadership program, to lead a turnaround school. He is also a recipient of the Presidential award for outstanding community service and volunteer work through various organizations including the Best Buddies program. In addition, Mr. Allen has spent time as an athletic coach for the Police athletic league and various schools in which he was worked. When he is not running a school, he spends his time trying to remain incredibly active in physical fitness be it training individuals or sharing nutritional insight.
In terms of leadership, Mr. Allen believes that “it truly is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped,” and believes that one must show confidence in people and be able to authentically build sustainable relationships if one is to move any organization, let alone a turnaround school. He also highlights, “there is great power in people and that needs to be felt.”
Jason Allen holds a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) and two Masters Degrees – one in Psychology and the other in Curriculum and Instruction – from Nova Southeastern University.
In 2018 U.S. News and World Report ranked New World School of the Arts #149 among 20,500 public high schools in the nation, #42 among all Magnet schools nationwide and #17 among all public high schools in the state of Florida. NWSA is one of only 15 Demonstration Schools in the U.S., named by Magnet Schools of America. Since 1989, its high school student body has garnered 21 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic excellence.
A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, New World School of the Arts is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative, and academic development through a curriculum that reflects our community and the rich multicultural state of Florida. Through our partners NWSA confers the high school diploma, Associate of Arts degree, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design. New World School of the Arts' rigorous eight-year curriculum and conservatory-style teaching has empowered students in our community and our nation to become leaders in the arts for more than 30 years.
Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, NWSA’s acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based scholarships such as the Gates Scholarship, Posse Foundation Scholars, and Presidential Scholars in the Arts, NWSA students have demonstrated over the years that a rigorous arts curriculum not only helps foster their passion and create the next generation or artists, but it also helps students engage and achieve excellence in any academic discipline.
New World School of the Arts has educated, trained, and cultivated a generation of artists who have become the artistic leaders of the future. Graduates from the high school and college programs of NWSA are award-winning artists, playwrights and performers with Academy, Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Bessie Awards. They are influential painters, sculptors and graphic designers, and their work thrives in museums and galleries, as well as on stages and concert halls around the globe. Our alumni are a source of inspiration to young artists from all walks of life in our community and in our state, and their success is a testament of the possibilities that emerge when the right blend of support and resources are engaged.
Information about the NWSA High School program is available by calling 305-237-3780 or visiting nwsa.mdc.edu.