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 a selective 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.)
  • The 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 invited to continue to SAS. These students attend Saturday classes throughout the academic year and participate in 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 part in an intensive course of study to prepare them for the next phase of their education. Scholars participate in one of four tracks: Business & Finance; Culture & the Arts; Law & Society; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). (View photos from this year’s Capstone Experience.)

New Jersey SEEDS is grateful to the following corporations and foundations for supporting our Scholars Program in FY16: Achelis and Bodman Foundations; Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation; Charles E. & Edna T. Brundage Foundation; Colgate-Palmolive Company; Fairbairn Family Fund; The Heckscher Foundation for Children; Investors Bank; Clara Louella Day Jeffery Charitable Trust; Jockey Hollow Foundation; Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc.; M&T Charitable Foundation; David Mathey Foundation; Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; Nasdaq Educational Foundation, Inc.; Neuberger Berman LLC; The George A. Ohl Jr. Foundation; Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation; Sanofi-Aventis; 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.