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FIU - Educational Talent Search

  • FIU - Educational Talent Search
  • 11200 SW 8 Street
    SASC 205
  • Miami, FL 33199
  • (305) 919-4223
  • 2002
  • Jose Filpo
  • Interim Associate Director
  • 305.919.4225

Program Description

Talent Search is a federal initiative to provide educational support and opportunities to economically and educationally disadvantaged students from 6th-12th grade, whose parents or guardians did not attend college. In the Talent Search Program, 500 middle school and high school students from 7 target schools in North Miami are introduced to an exciting hands-on experience in college life. The program has an academic year and a summer component. During the academic year, Talent Search meets the needs of schools in the North Dade area by offering tutorial assistance, college counseling, Saturday Academics, and educational and cultural field trips.

In the Talent Search Summer Program, middle schools students from Miami-Dade County are introduced to a dynamic pre-collegiate experience. Middles school participants also spend three hours a week doing FCAT preparation. During the summer, high school students from the Miami-Dade County are introduced to a rigorous university experience. Talent Search provides participants with a four week curriculum that is centered on SAT preparation, career choices, and researching their choices. There are four major content areas of language arts, math, art, and career and skills.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 250
  • Middle School: 250
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%