FMU welcomes SEED School of Miami to campus

Major public boarding school will take up residence at college in August

Miami Times staff report | 5/15/2014, 9 a.m.

The SEED School of Miami and Florida Memorial University (FMU) announced a partnership on May 6 that will bring SEED’s proven 24-hour, college-preparatory education model to South Florida sixth graders in a unique college setting. This August, 60 students will live and learn on the FMU campus, with close supervision from SEED teachers, counselors, and other faculty.

“SEED is excited about the opportunity to open our Miami school on FMU’s campus. SEED Miami’s goal is for our students to succeed in college and life. Being at FMU will help our students experience the value of a college education and to start to learn what’s required to succeed in college,” Fran Allegra, SEED Miami President said. “The parents of SEED’s first incoming class appreciate what this partnership will bring, and that their children will be living and learning in a safe and stimulating college setting. We appreciate the efforts of FMU’s leadership and board to make this innovative partnership possible.”

SEED is a 24-hour-a-day, five-day-a-week learning environment for students from sixth through twelfth grade, with campuses currently in Washington, D.C. (est. 1998) and Baltimore (est. 2008). Students complete a rigorous academic and personal development curriculum that prepares graduates for college success. About 90 percent of SEED graduates at SEED’s existing schools enroll in college, with over 60 percent of these students having completed, or continuing to pursue, undergraduate or graduate degrees in college. This will be the first SEED school located on a college campus.

“FMU is pleased to welcome the SEED School of Miami to its campus. We are an institution committed to the communities we serve, and we seek opportunities to help ensure future generations of students have every opportunity to succeed,” Dr. Rosyln Clark Artis. “SEED shares our deep belief in the power of education to broaden horizons and build bright futures. This relationship will benefit FMU in tangible and intangible ways, and advance our efforts to create partnerships that benefit our students and our institution.”

“The SEED School of Miami is the perfect connection between FMU and our future students, future university leaders and future community leaders,” Charles George, Chairman of the FMU Board of Trustees said.

SEED Miami students will stay at FMU from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon and return home on the weekends, with transportation provided free to and from the school. While on campus, SEED students will have separate academic facilities and dormitories from the college students, and girls and boys dormitories will be further divided by floor. The site allows SEED to have additional adults residing on campus.

New Student Orientation will take place this summer on the FMU campus, and classes will begin in August.