BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The SEED School of Maryland in Baltimore is a middle/high school that was founded nine years ago with the goal of having every student attend college after they graduate.
The public, college preparatory, boarding school has had every student who attended the school go on to college.
Sunday through Friday, the students live on campus in rooms that resemble college dorms.
Every dorm hall is named after a college or university in the school.
Many are the first in their family to attend college.
Vanessa Spriggs, who is a senior, is hoping to attend Howard or Georgetown to become a psychologist.
“Being alone and being away from my family and being on my own here, I feel like I become more of a leader. And I know how to be on my own now and more responsible,” Spriggs said.
“We believe we need to level the playing field for our students,” said director of development Katie Byram. “And one way of doing that, ids to give access to quality education, provide a nurturing campus and really challenge them academically.”
Friday, the twelfth graders welcomed the sixth graders in a “Dream Ceremony.” To apply to the school a child must be considered disadvantaged and then chosen through a lottery system.
“I want to be a doctor when I grow up,” said sixth grader Kameron Banks. “A heart surgeon. I just like helping people out since my grandfather has heart problems.”
Ninety percent of the funding for the Seed School is from state and federal funds. There are also Seed Schools in D.C. and Miami.