Scholars Program Overview

The New Jersey SEEDS Scholars Program is a tuition-free program designed to prepare 8th-grade students for 9th-grade placement at an academically rigorous day or boarding school. Over a 14-month period, students take classes on Saturdays and participate in two summer residential programs.

The Scholars Program nurtures a student’s critical thinking skills, love of learning, and self-confidence. In addition, the Scholars Program seeks to ensure that each child is admitted to an independent school.

Scholars Program Curriculum Components:

The Summer Challenge Program (SCP) is open to approximately 125 New Jersey students each year, and is a three-week residential program held on the campus of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The program consists of daily classes in core subjects and electives. (View photos from this year’s SCP.)

Leadership Retreat follows SCP and is held at the Princeton-Blairstown Center in Blairstown, New Jersey. Students engage in outdoor activities designed to promote teamwork, group cooperation, and communication skills. Activities include hiking, camping, rope courses, dam rappelling, and canoeing. (View photos from this year’s retreat.)

Scholars Academy Saturdays (SAS) is the second phase of the SEEDS Scholars Program. Approximately 95 students who have successfully completed SCP are admitted into SAS. These students attend Saturday classes throughout the academic year and participate in retreats, workshops and other activities. Students also prepare for the Secondary School Admissions Test (the placement exam for private high schools), visit selective schools and complete their applications.

The Capstone Experience (Capstone), held the summer after 8th grade, is a
second three-week residential program held on the campus of The Hill School. Scholars take academic classes and participate in leadership development workshops. This second residential experience helps to prepare our students for their transition to selective school life. (View photos from this summer’s Capstone.)

New Jersey SEEDS is grateful to the following corporations and foundations for supporting our Scholars Program in FY15: Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Foundation; COACH; Colgate-Palmolive Company; Goldman Sachs Gives; Investors Bank Foundation; Clara Louella Day Jeffery Charitable Residuary Trust; Jockey Hollow Foundation; Page & Otto Marx, Jr. Foundation; Nasdaq Educational Foundation, Inc.; The George A. Ohl Jr. Foundation; PNC Foundation; Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation; Lillian P. Schenck Fund; Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation; Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation; Lucy and Eleanor S. Upton Charitable Foundation; and Victoria Foundation.

Scholars Program

Scholars Program