Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary has been nationally and regionally recognized by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and organizations for its outstanding academic achievements.

2018-2019Top ten percent of all Public and Charter Schools in the State of Florida
#4 out of all Title I Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools
#12 out of all Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools overall 
#1 in Mathematics out of all Title I Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools
#2 in Mathematics out of all Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools
STEAM Gold Designation
Superintendent’s Platinum Award
Florida School Recognition Award
Exceeding Expectations Award by ECTAC
Fairchild Gardens Challenge Award
Fairchild Gardens School of Excellence Award Creative Visions Student Awards
2017-2018 Top ten percent of all Public and Charter Schools in the State of Florida
#3 out of all Title I Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools
#5 out of all Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools overall 
#1 in Mathematics out of all Title I Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools
#2 in Mathematics out of all Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools
STEAM Silver Designation
Superintendent’s Platinum Award
Florida School Recognition Award
Exceeding Expectations Award by ECTAC
Fairchild Gardens Challenge Award
Fairchild Gardens School of Excellence Award
Creative Visions Student Awards
Golden Apple School Volunteer Award
United Way Recognition Award
Proclamation from the City of Miami
Proclamation from Miami-Dade County