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Our History

In 2004, Luma Mufleh founded an all-refugee boys' soccer team. They called themselves “Fugees” (slang for refugees). Luma – a Jordanian immigrant and daughter of Syrian refugees herself – soon discovered that many of her players were unable to read or write proficiently and lacked the support they needed in traditional public school.

In the years that followed, the soccer team grew into something much bigger – a tutoring program, a summer camp, a support network, and ultimately – and most importantly – a school.

Today, Georgia Fugees Academy Charter School serves students from nearly 40 countries of origin. The Fugees education model is designed to meet these students where they are through English language acquisition, culturally relevant curriculum and wraparound supports, arts programming, and soccer participation.
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