Investment Strategy

SEEDS students spend more than 400 hours with us over the course of a year – Saturdays and summers – to master rigorous academics and necessary life skills. Ultimately, SEEDS places them in selective schools and colleges with enough financial aid to attend and succeed. While in SEEDS classes, and for years beyond, we provide the support infrastructure that young people need to thrive in top education environments.

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Giovana Espejo, Student
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SEEDS’ Scholars Program – the foundation for all we’ve achieved – was born in 1992 when a small group of innovators confronted the profound lack of opportunity for low-income students in their local schools. Believing deeply that socioeconomic status should never define a child’s future, SEEDS provides access to exceptional education in highly selective high schools. The Scholars Program centers on a demanding, 14-month course of study designed to build the intellectual and leadership skills that are crucial for long term success.

As our first Scholars began to graduate from their placement high schools, their college lists – both acceptances and matriculations – showed a tremendous leap in selectivity from the institutions their peers attended. In 2002, SEEDS committed to expanding the number of students served. The Young Scholars Program (YSP) admits students at the end of fourth and fifth grades and places them in selective middle schools. YSP allowed SEEDS to intervene earlier in the educational continuum. We focus on students in the Greater Newark area, reaching them before the academic fall-off that often claims the motivation of talented young people between elementary school and high school. Today, the 14-month Young Scholars Program mirrors Scholars in both operations and aspirations.

banner-meet-our-students3SEEDS’ College Scholars Program is a determined response to a pressing local, regional and national need. The chasm between haves and have-nots will continue to widen if access to education remains a privilege of the wealthy. In contrast to the national trend, SEEDS’ College Preparatory Program (CPP) achieved exceptional results in college entrance and performance. Ninety-eight percent of CPP graduates enrolled in college. Today, 94% of them are sophomores, juniors and seniors, on track to graduate, with the first bachelor’s degrees to be conferred in spring 2015.

We now build on the success of our programs to offer a new generation of SEEDS students the chance to realize their dreams of success. The College Scholars Program will bring the proven techniques developed in CPP to three times as many students, through an intensive 17-month curriculum. The first class of College Scholars will enter the program in the spring of 2016. The program will increase to full size, 100 in each cohort class, by the spring of 2020.

During their time with College Scholars, students will be exposed to rigorous academics, including language arts, mathematics, writing, science and test preparation, in addition to workshops designed to develop life and college survival skills. At the same time, SEEDS will work with each College Scholar to complete their applications, develop compelling essays, and secure the maximum available financial aid.

A unique and distinguishing facet of the College Scholars Program is a resolute focus on persistence, which is as critical to successful outcomes for low-income students as preparation. SEEDS’ Guidance Department will provide personal, supportive services to students during their freshman and sophomore years in college.

College Scholars
Timeline
11th Grade, Fall Semester: SEEDS admissions process
11th Grade, Spring Semester: Saturday classes begin
Rising 12th Grade, Summer: 3-week residency on a college campus
12th Grade, Fall through Spring: Saturday classes, college applications and financial aid advocacy
College, First Two Years: Guidance services

SEEDS students spend more than 400 hours with us over the course of a year – Saturdays and summers – to master rigorous academics and necessary life skills. Ultimately, SEEDS places them in selective schools and colleges with enough financial aid to attend and succeed. While in SEEDS classes, and for years beyond, we provide the support infrastructure that young people need to thrive in top education environments.

Learn More About our Students

ALL SEEDS data based on FY15 information.