New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a privately funded, statewide, nonprofit organization committed to developing future leaders through education. In partnership with competitive secondary schools, New Jersey SEEDS provides opportunities for highly motivated, academically qualified, but economically disadvantaged students.
New Jersey SEEDS is a leader in educational enrichment programs for academically talented, financially disadvantaged, urban students. SEEDS has a race-blind admissions policy and offers opportunities to students who meet strict financial criteria (a family income of $43,000 or less for a family of four), to participate in a rigorous enrichment program, and assists these students in seeking admission to competitive independent day and boarding schools throughout the United States.
SEEDS operates two programs. The Core Program for seventh and eighth graders consists of three phases: an extensive summer study session that runs June 30 through August 1; a Saturday session, which runs from September through May, that prepares the students for the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) and the transition to independent school; and a final, five week boarding experience at the Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ) or the Peddie School (Highstown, NJ). The Young Scholars Program is a similar program, for children in fifth and sixth grades, consisting of four steps, which take place over a 24-month period.
New Jersey SEEDS envisions an exemplary education for a diverse student body. A special effort is being made to nurture the enhanced intellect of children from lower socio-economic backgrounds, enabling them to access schools offering a high quality education.
New Jersey SEEDS, Inc.
Amy Ziebarth, Executive Director
303 Washington Street, Fourth Floor
Newark, NJ 07102