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In September 2011, FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools established the Education Effect, a university-supported community school partnership that works to improve educational outcomes in schools across the county. Sparked by a three-year seed investment from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the partnership connects the community, schools, students and parents with university expertise, resources and research-based intervention programs to address pressing educational and social needs of students.

The program’s successes include increased graduation rates from 64% to 82% at Miami Northwestern (MNW). The Effect has also helped both high schools it supports in achieving a “B” grade from the state and provided them with increased college credit courses.

The Education Effect has brought me to places I had never thought possible. I didn't know that I was going to be in an Agroecology program at FIU and have a $26,000 scholarship. When I was younger I always dreamed of being in the medical field. Now I am actually going towards my dream." Angie Fleurissaint, Miami Northwestern, Class of 2012Angie Fleurissaint, Miami Northwestern, Class of 2012

Expanding the Effect

Through generous support of its partners, The Education Effect as grown to include:

  • Booker T. Washington Senior High School – A $1 million seed investment from The Lennar Foundation made it possible to promote 100 percent graduation, improve college and career readiness and increase the engagement of parents and the community. Special emphasis was placed on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), including enhancing the school’s existing Engineering Academy.
  • Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary School – Made possible by a $2 million donation by local philanthropist Rose Ellen Greene, a longtime volunteer at the school, this expansion marks the first time the program will be working with students, their parents and the community, and will incorporate researchers, faculty and staff from FIU’s Center for Children and Families, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary clinical center committed to improving the lives of children and families.


  • Aquaponics Lab and Organic at MNW, an integrated program for advancing STEM education and healthy living in Liberty City, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Bull Investors Financial Literacy and Investment Program in collaboration with College of Business
  • Expanding opportunities for MNW students to take college courses for college credit in high school through Dual Enrollment