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Our Mission and History

The SEED School of Washington, D.C. (SEED DC) is the nation’s first public boarding school whose primary mission is to provide an intensive, college preparatory educational program that prepares students, both academically and socially, for success in college and life beyond. SEED DC’s integrated program brings, under one roof, the critical 24-hour support necessary for children to realize their full potential.

The SEED Foundation was established in 1997 by Eric Adler and Rajiv Vinnakota on the belief that children in an urban environment could benefit from a public, boarding educational program. A year later, The SEED School of Washington, D.C. opened its doors at The Capital Children’s Museum with 40 seventh grade students and added students each subsequent year. In 2001, the School moved to its permanent campus located in Ward 7 of the District. In 2004, SEED DC reached full capacity and graduated its first class of seniors, all of whom were accepted to college.

June 2012 was uniquely special as we celebrated the largest graduating class in SEED history with 43 graduating seniors. With pride, we ultimately credit this accomplishment to the consistently high expectations we hold for our students and staff. During the high school tenure of the Class of 2012, SEED DC made significant curricular upgrades that reflect the school’s philosophical beliefs in the value of effort and the limitless intellectual potential of all students.

Students spend 120 hours-per-week on campus from Sunday through Friday. We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum which incorporates the appropriate mix of content areas, deep development of writing and critical thinking skills so that students are prepared for college level coursework. As a boarding school, SEED DC has a unique opportunity to foster learning opportunities after school and in the evenings through the Student Life Program which provides academic support to students through structured study halls and homework centers; extracurricular activities such as dance, chess, robotics, theater and athletics; and life skills instruction through the HALLS (Habits for Achieving Life-Long Success) curriculum. We also offer a wide range of external opportunities such as international trips, internships and community service learning projects so that our students feel greater satisfaction and are better positioned for success in college.

This year, we proudly celebrate 15 years of preparing students for success in college and beyond.  We owe this remarkable achievement to our founders, supporters, families, trustees, staff, alumni and students.  Because we know that we only succeed when our students succeed.  We invite you to visit this page through the end of the year for updates and opportunities to be a part of the celebration.