SEED School of Maryland

A statewide opportunity for students from disadvantaged circumstances

The SEED School of Maryland is a statewide college-preparatory public boarding school that opened in August 2008 with the first class of 80 sixth grade students. The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to establish the program which is publicly funded through state and local sources. All SEED students live on campus from Sunday night through Friday afternoon and return home each weekend.

SEED serves 400 students in grades 6 to 12. The school offers a 7-year opportunity for eligible students. Students are expected to graduate SEED high school and go on to attend a 4-year college.

Students from throughout Maryland who are about to enter the 6th or the 9th grade may apply.

Enrollment is determined each year through a lottery held in mid-May for all eligible students, with admissions applications due in April. The lottery is designed to ensure that at least two eligible students from each Local Education Agency (LEA) have an opportunity to enroll. This year SEED will serve students from up to 14 different Maryland LEAs.

SEED Maryland's Head of School is Mr. Kirk Sykes. For further information about the school program, enrollment, campus, and leadership, visit the SEED School of Maryland or call (410) 843-9477

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) oversees the school and holds it accountable to state and federal standards. The Contract Monitor to the SEED School of Maryland from MSDE is Ms. Carol Beck. You may email her at or call Ms. Beck at 410-767-3678 for further information. Enrollment criteria for all incoming students are described below.

How to apply:

Applications are accepted in the fall for the following school year. Information about the application process and lottery can be found on SEED's website.

Is my child a good fit for the SEED School?

Families and school staff will want to be sure that any student applying to SEED is a good fit for the program being offered. Students must be capable of being safe and healthy within a boarding school program, and should be personally motivated to pursue and prepare for a college education. The dedicated and talented SEED School staff is equipped to work with students with a wide range of academic and behavioral successes and challenges.

Are students' prior academic performances a factor in determining eligibility?

SEED recognizes that a student's academic performance prior to applying to SEED may not determine students' academic capabilities or potential and is not the determining factor for eligibility. SEED wants families and students who are committed to working hard and challenging themselves to achieve the goal of graduating from high school and going to college.

Does the SEED School of Maryland offer Special Education Services?

SEED is an inclusion model school offering special education services for a broad range of needs.


The SEED School of Maryland
Main Number: (410) 843-9477
Admissions: (410) 843-9482

Carol Beck
SEED Program Contract Monitor, Maryland State Department of Education
Office: (410) 767-3678