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Fugees Academy

Columbus, Ohio

Fugees Family was established in Clarkson, Georgia in 2004 as a year-round soccer camp, after school tutoring program, and academic enrichment camp for refugee children. In 2007, Fugees Family launched Fugees Academy as a middle school that now serves 82 students in grades 6-12 representing more than 20 different homelands. Given its students’ backgrounds with little or no English upon matriculation, students enter the school performing under the 5th percentile and graduate performing around the 60th. Annual student retention is at or above 90% and the first two graduating classes, while small, all matriculated to college. Fugees Academy has now developed a network model allowing it to bring its successful model to refugee students nationwide. In fall 2018, the Fugees Academy network launched a new school in Columbus, Ohio, and opened the doors to a school in Cleveland in fall 2020—serving 792 students combined when fully enrolled.