The SEED School of Miami is a college-preparatory, public boarding academy created under Florida state law. The state law establishes criteria for students to be eligible to attend.

    If more students apply than the School can accommodate, admissions will be conducted via lottery. Students who are not selected for admission during the lottery will have the option of being included on a waiting list. Should space become available or capacity increases, students will be selected from the waiting list.

    SEED Miami enrolled 60 sixth graders in 2014, and it will add a grade each year until it has 400 students enrolled in grades six through twelve. 

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    How to Apply

    Please note: The SEED School of Miami is still accepting applications for the 2016-2017 wait list.

    SEED Miami is a single-grade entry school, meaning we only accept applications for rising 6th grade students who meet the eligibility criteria.

    Please fill out our student interest form to begin the application process, or download a copy of the application form (aplicación en español).

    For any questions regarding the application process or to request a paper application, please contact Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management Luna Otero at 305-323-1242, or email lotero@miami.seedschool.org.

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    Eligibility Criteria

    The SEED School of Miami is committed to serve a population of students who most need a 24-hour learning environment.

    Additionally, we will serve students who meet the following criteria:

    • Be a resident of the state & eligible to attend school in a participating school district,
    • Be eligible for the 6th grade during the 2015-2016 academic school year AND have a date of birth on or after February 1, 2003.
    • Be from a family whose gross income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, and
    • Be eligible for benefits or services funded by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.

    The student must also meet at least one of the following at-risk factors:

    • The child is covered under the terms of the state’s Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration project.*
    • The child is in foster care or has been declared an adjudicated dependent.
    • The student’s head of household is not the student’s custodial parent.
    • The student resides in a household that receives a housing voucher or has been determined eligible for public housing assistance.
    • A member of the student’s immediate family has been incarcerated.

    Given The SEED School of Miami’s unique 24-hour college-prep boarding school experience, additional factors must be considered to ensure the safety of all students and to ensure that SEED Miami is the most appropriate educational environment for each child. Therefore, in addition to the admissions criteria determined by the state, SEED Miami will evaluate the appropriateness of this school for students in the context of the following:

    • Safety: The student demonstrates an ability to ensure his or her own safety and the ability to maintain the safety of others on campus.
    • Services: The student’s academic, social, and emotional needs may reasonably be served by the SEED Miami staff, program, and resources.
    • Interest: The student and his/her guardians have indicated a desire to attend the school by voluntarily completing, submitting, and signing the application.
    *We will have enrollment spots reserved for students who currently are living in the child welfare system.