Innovation and improvement characterize the partnership at Miami Northwestern Senior High School between Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Northwestern, located in Liberty City, an economically disadvantaged section of Miami, received a school grade of “D” or “F” every year between 2000 and 2010. These grades are calculated from three criteria: the percentage of eligible students taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), their overall performance on the FCAT, and the amount of progress made by students in math and reading. It was declared a “dropout factory” in 2007 by a Johns Hopkins Study that found59 percent of the school’s students failing to finish high school.
A partnership between FIU and Miami Northwestern called “The Education Effect” was funded by a 1 million dollar seed investment from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and began in the 2011-2012 school year. The funding supports a full time faculty director from the FIU College of Education and initiatives such as the construction of an aquaponics laboratory, increasing dual enrollment which give Northwestern students the opportunity to take college courses for college credit, financial literacy and investment workshops with the FIU College of Business and a program that brings Northwestern students to FIU campus for academic enrichment. Miami Northwestern, under the leadership of principal Wallace Aristide, is now a B school.
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