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SEED PCS

Charter | 6-12 | 335 students

We are best known for our college-preparatory, five-day boarding program.

 
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5 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 27, 2013

SEED PCS is a good school with a lot to offer. It is interesting to know that SEED PCS is a free boarding school for DC residents with a mission to provide students with an intensive, college preparatory educational program that prepares students for college. WOW!


Posted September 26, 2013

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL AND ALL THAT IT IS DOING FOR MY DAUGHTER,MY DAUGHTER IS GROWING SO MUCH SINCE SHE HAVE BEEN HERE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK MS. INMAN, MS. TYSO AND ALSO MS. STACKS FOR ALL THE HELP AND LOVE THAT I RECEIVE AND FOR MY DAUGHTER THANKS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

I had two girls that went to Seed. Both went to college. One finished and is working and the other is still in college; Jr. year. Oh, by the way, they both graduated from Seed with honors. The reason for all this is because the Seed staff encourages their students to strive to be the best they can be. The teachers go the extra mile to get them their. They also work with turning children into young teen adults with the push of being independent. Can't forget about the amazing teachers; their #1 to the success of your child's education and future. Now, you talk about getting your child a great education, well look no further SEED PCS is the place. Grades 6-12. I could go on and on about SEED. If you are in the Washington, DC area and looking for a school to place you child in, SEED PCS. Now that's REAL talk. Thanks to the founders, faculty and contributors of the SEED PCS community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

I am a student that goes to seed and it takes you on amazing trips, trips that that take you out of the country and its such an amazing journey the school is a boarding school and is a preportory college so the work is beyond hard and for me I noticed that majority all the kids that go end up being in summer school but for me I do recommend this school but you will have a little struggle among the journey


Posted August 19, 2010

SEED School of Washington, DC is a great school has with excellent teachers and staff. Ms. Kara Stacks is a strong principal that gives her school great leadership. SEED also provides challenging academic programs that build and rebuilds its students. Thank you to the Dorm Staff, Teaching Staff, School Counseling Staff, and Nursing Staff, I just that you all you all are wonderful and have giving great support. My daughter has grown not only academically but also socially improving not only her open mindedness but also her self esteem. Bless you all name by name and one by one .. L. G.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

actually the school serves 6-12.and it is a great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2008

The SEED Public Charter School is a wonderful school filled with really concerned teachers and office staff. They constantly keep me in the loop of everything going on whether through email, phone calls or regular mail. This school keeps my child focused and she gets straight A's. The school's primary objective is getting your child prepared for college (college prep) and they do a tremendous job in instilling this into the kids heads, which is the way of today and definitely the future.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 42% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
33%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
45%
Writing

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
Writing

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2011.

183 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

183 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

37 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 45% in 2011.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students49%
Black, non-Hispanic49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students26%
Black, non-Hispanic26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students83%
Black, non-Hispanic83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Black, non-Hispanic59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Writing

All Students63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Students83%
Black, non-Hispanic83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Black, non-Hispanic71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Black, non-Hispanicn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White, non-Hispanicn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabledn/a
Limited or not English proficientn/a

Science

All Students67%

Writing

All Students62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

In 2012-2013, this school was designated "Rising".

About the tests


The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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ACT/SAT participation

67%

ACT/SAT college ready

26%

Graduation rate

87%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 DC CAS results from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 1%
Two or more races N/A 57%
White N/A 1%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
Special education 11%N/A13%
English learners 0%N/A7%
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 2011-2012

Attendance

  This school District averageState average
All Students 96%N/AN/A
Female 96%N/AN/A
Male 96%N/AN/A
Black, not Hispanic 96%N/AN/A
Hispanic 98%N/AN/A
Economically disadvantaged 96%N/AN/A
Not economically disadvantaged 95%N/AN/A
Students with disabilities 94%N/AN/A
General-Education students 96%N/AN/A
Not limited English proficient 96%N/AN/A
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

Graduation rate

  This school District averageState average
All Students 83%N/A75%
Female 82%N/A77%
Male 86%N/A71%
Black, not Hispanic 83%N/A77%
Economically disadvantaged 82%N/A96%
Not economically disadvantaged 86%N/A58%
Students with disabilities 100%N/A94%
General-Education students 83%N/A73%
Source: DCPS, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 93% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Charles Adams
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Boarding school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (202) 249-1919

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School-run shuttle from nearby metro and bus stops
  • Yes. Nearby lines: Benning Road Metro
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Robotics club
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
School colors
  • Burgundy, White
School mascot
  • Falcon
More from this school
  • The SEED Public Charter School is a public college-preparatory, tuition-free, five-day boarding school (Sunday through Friday) whose primary mission is to provide an outstanding, intensive education program that prepares children, both academically and socially, for success in college and beyond.
School leaders can update this information here.

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3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
80
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
280

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 93%
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4300 C Street, SE
Washington, DC 20019
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Phone: (202) 248-3025

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