One hundred and twenty-three rising eighth grade students admitted to the Summer Challenge Program (view photos) headed to The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, for a three-week academic residency with SEEDS. Running from June 24 to July 13, students spent three weeks in rigorous academic classes with SEEDS, participating in English, math and history classes. Scholars also learned more about life at selective day and boarding schools by meeting with admissions representatives about different options available to them for high school. In addition to all the hard work they put into their studies, Scholars enjoyed spending time making new friends, playing sports, learning electives and taking part in the annual talent show. Scholars’ families also traveled to The Hill School for a day-long visit.
After the Summer Challenge Program, 95 Scholars were invited to continue to the next stage of the program. During the Leadership Retreat – the official kick-off to Scholars Academy Saturdays – Scholars broke out into small groups and participated in a variety of adventure and team-building activities. Over three days, Scholars took a night walk (with s’more making!), went canoeing, climbed a rock wall and participated in several different activities from the heights of tree branches. (View all the photos from their adventures.)
Scholars began Saturday classes on September 8 with the annual Independent School Fair. There, Scholars and their families met with the more than 90 schools represented to learn more about each unique middle and high school.