philosophy & approach

SEED’s supportive learning environment extends well beyond the classroom. The SEED School’s student life program is the boarding component of the School’s 24-hour day, offering enrichment activities, life skills instruction, and support both before and after the academic day. 

The cornerstone of the student life program is the HALLS (Habits for Achieving Life-Long Success) curriculum, which teaches study skills, effective time management, interpersonal communication, and other life skills that will help them succeed in their educational, personal, and professional endeavors. 

During the student life program, students receive tutoring from volunteers, compete in athletics, attend cultural events and participate in after-school activities such as robotics, dance, and cooking class. SEED also partners with local and national organizations such as the Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and the U.S. Department of Interior to expose students to new experiences that will broaden their world view as well as inspire new passions and pursuits. 

Dorm life centers around “houses”, each named for a college or university and consisting of 12 to 15 students. This house structure encourages a sense of community and cohesion among peers. These tight-knit groups of students share both daily routines, including study hall, meal time and book clubs, and extracurricular activities, such as field trips and community service. Living in the dorms, students get a feel for life at college and learn how to live with others, a skill that will serve them well when they go to college themselves.

External opportunities

SEED DC believes that each school year offers an opportunity for students to be involved, engaged, and stimulated by the world around them. Whether it is participating in an internship, studying abroad, playing sports at a summer camp, or engaging in a leadership program, students expand their horizons through off-campus enrichment activities. Beginning in middle school, students and families are strongly encouraged to apply for and participate in external opportunities. 

In recent years, students have completed service projects in Africa through LearnServe Zambia, lived with families in Australia, Mexico, Scotland, Costa Rica, Japan and Spain through The Experiment in International Living, traveled throughout Greece through the Greek Classics Program at SEED, and explored Wyoming’s wilderness through the City Kids Wilderness Project

SEED DC is committed to identifying challenging and exciting opportunities beyond SEED’s campus for any student that demonstrates academic excellence and has mastered SEED’s Core Values. Our long-term goal is for each SEED student to participate in an external opportunity that promotes The SEED School’s mission of college-preparedness.

For information on available opportunities for the 2016-17 school year please call 202-248-7773.