2010 SEED School (Washington, DC)

The SEED school in Washington D.C. is our nation’s first public boarding school. It was founded by the SEED Foundation, a national nonprofit that partners with urban communities to provide innovative educational opportunities that prepare underserved students for success in college and beyond.  The SEED Foundation is a catalyst for change in urban education:  it developed the SEED boarding school model and opened its first school, The SEED School of Washington, D.C., in 1998.  The SEED Foundation opened its second school in Maryland in August 2008.

SEED’s innovative model integrates a rigorous academic program with a nurturing boarding program, which teaches life skills and provides a safe and secure environment.  This boarding school model provides a comprehensive solution to the challenges facing urban youth and serves as a prototype for expansion nationwide.

SEED’s model has proven successful:  98 percent of SEED graduates have been accepted to college and 90 percent have immediately enrolled in college. Nationally, only 56 percent of all high school graduates go straight to college. The school serves 7th-12th graders, with 40 girls and 40 boys admitted each year by lottery.

Throughout the week, we will lead field trips into D.C., have college info sessions, and design workshops in pairs for the students in our areas of interest/expertise (dance, culinary arts, sports, public speaking, theater, science, etc.). Hopefully, we can have a show/exhibition of everything we do for the parents, teachers, etc. at the end of the week. We will also meet with leaders in social enterprise and public education to learn about how we can contribute to the current educational gaps in the US/the world. There will be 10 people total, and the SEED school generously offered to accommodate us with room and board during our stay last year – I think it will be the same this year. The people at SEED are marvelous to work with, and I would really encourage you all to read about the D.C. SEED school here.


Shalini Pammal '13

Shalini Pammal ’13

Concentration: Undecided
Matthews Hall

Statement: “After having a unique and rewarding experience during my first semester serving as a teacher and mentor for young students in the Cambridge and Boston area, I felt compelled to further my knowledge of the public school system and education policy in order to better serve youth. I want to gain experience working in public education reform and learn about the Achievement Gap through this exciting ASB opportunity and I am eager to engage with students at the SEED School and learn from leaders in the DC area about the education reform movement.”

Anthony Hernandez '12

Anthony Hernandez ’12

Concentration: Government concentrator, secondary field in East Asian studies.
Kirkland House

Statement: “Too many people talk about the need to reform public education and not enough people are out there in the field figuring out what actually works. The SEED School has received a lot of positive attention, and I hope this visit will shed some light on what is working in education reform.”