Information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) are often considered synonymous. In reality, information technology is a subset of information systems. The perception that these terms can be used interchangeably can cause confusion for individuals interested in pursuing a technology-related career. Although both these fields deal with computers, they have distinct characteristics and specific career paths that require different education and training.
Information systems is an umbrella term for the systems, people and processes designed to create, store, manipulate, distribute and disseminate information. The field of information systems bridges business and computer science. One of the reasons people may not distinguish between IS and IT is that they assume all information systems are computer-based systems. An information system, however, can be as simple as a pencil and a piece of paper. Separate, the objects are just tools. Used together, they create a system for recording information. Although information systems are heavily reliant on computers and other technology-based tools, the term predates computers and can include non-technological systems.
The Information Systems Technology Magnet is a fast-paced, cutting-edge program for students to develop skills and acquire knowledge to expertly design, plan, and manage information infrastructures and resources. Through programs like MOS*, Java*, Python*, and C#*, the Information Systems Technology curriculum introduces students to how an organized system of software and hardware collects, organizes, stores, and communicates information in our technology driven society.
Career opportunities exist in information technology, mobile and application programming, systems analysis, and other areas, including:
- Information Technology (IT) Management
- Information Systems Management
- Database Administration
- Computing Services Management
- Software Development
- Technical Services Management
Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements
- Admission is interest-based only.
- No teacher recommendation/prerequisites will be required.
- The application period for the upcoming school year is open from October 1st until January 15th.
In order to reach our student’s academic goals and prepare for future educational experiences, students enrolling in the Magnet program must comply with the following requirements and expectations to remain enrolled:
- All Magnet students must be enrolled as full-time students.
- Maintain school attendance per School Board Policy 5200, which states that a student may not accumulate more than ten (10) unexcused absences in an annual course or more than five (5) unexcused absences in a semester course.
- Violation of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct may result in probation or possible immediate exit from the program.
- Excessive referrals and/or suspensions will result in a behavioral contract, probation, and possible exit at the end of the school year.
- Students who violate Level III, IV or V of the Code of Student Conduct or have been assigned to an alternative setting will not be allowed to return to the Magnet program.