A SEED Education is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts.
A SEED education is more than just a 24-hour boarding program; it is a means of exposing our students to new ideas, new cultures, and new talents. SEED uses the world as a classroom because we believe that opportunity sparks a lifelong thirst for learning.
As every SEED School reflects the community it serves, each develops a unique identity. But no matter the location, there are key elements that make each school uniquely SEED. Check out the timeline below to see a handful of the formative experiences that are vital to the SEED experience.
Fall of Sixth Grade:
Students share their aspirations with the entire SEED community at a Dream Ceremony, where they are officially welcomed by older SEED students, graduates, and community partners.
Because many students enroll at SEED performing below grade level, middle school is about getting them back on track through intensive intervention and enrichment. Students are exposed to collegiate experiences on our campus and college campuses.
Early High School:
Students explore new interests and pursue their passions through AP courses and after-school opportunities, often in partnership with community organizations.
Late High School:
Students deepen their research into colleges— selecting the best fit for them, completing their applications, and applying for scholarships. They do this with intensive, individualized support from their college counselors and The SEED Foundation’s College Transition & Success (CTS) team.
At right: Jeremiah was the first SEED MD senior to be accepted to college when he received his letter of admission to Virginia Tech in winter 2014. He is now a college graduate from Mount St. Mary’s University, class of 2019.
SEED graduates are visited by their CTS advisor during their freshman year, and they receive continuous support for any challenges that come their way. In the summer, graduates reunite with their classmates and SEED staff from across the network at the SEED Graduate Institute--a weekend dedicated to their personal, financial and professional growth.
College Graduation and Beyond:
SEED graduates cross the stage at commencement in front of their families, friends, and CTS advisors. Armed with their SEED educations and college degrees, graduates are ready to become whatever they choose.
At left: Bryon, SEED DC '12, celebrates his graduation from Morehouse College with Mr. Frasier, his college success advisor and former life skills counselor at SEED DC. Mr. Frasier has known Bryon since he was "this big!"
BUT WHAT DOES A SEED STUDENT'S DAY LOOK LIKE?
Click below for a special look at the Day in the Life of a SEED Student:
Our Network is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts, Too.
As a network, we're able to leverage our collective knowledge and skills. We learn from each other. We grow together and develop our craft. And this doesn't just apply to staff--students benefit from this network, too! Here are just a few examples:
The SEED Summit
Good educators and leaders use every resource available to improve their craft. Our SEED Summit ensures that we can leverage our most readily available and valuable asset: each other. The annual SEED Summit is a two-day professional retreat held each summer and attended by all SEED faculty and staff. The Summit is a space where staff can connect, reflect on the past, and look forward to the upcoming school year. It’s where SEED’s best practices, shared language, and expectations can be shared and tested. It’s a reminder that we are not in this most important work alone.
SEED GRaduate institute
Each summer, The SEED Foundation hosts recent graduates from both SEED DC and SEED MD for a weekend of professional and personal growth. The SEED Graduate Institute (SGI) is designed to help recent graduates identify their career goals—and develop the plan and skills necessary to reach them. Engaging experts from various fields, SGI exposes SEED graduates to different career options and enhances their social capital–providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate postsecondary education and employment. Visit our CTS Programming page to learn more.