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The Path to College Starts Early at SEED
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“I love being at SEED!”

For Elizabeth P. (SEED MD ’29), a seventh-grade student at The SEED School of Maryland (SEED MD), her next step after elementary school was clear. “My cousins and sister were enrolled at SEED MD, and they were all getting good grades and making college plans. My dad wanted the same opportunities for me.”

Her family’s choice to enroll Elizabeth at SEED MD has already begun to pay off. During her first year, she pushed beyond some of her fears, delved deeper into her love for math, and developed strong connections with several of her teachers, counselors, and peers. “I did so much as a sixth-grade student. I played basketball. I did a tap and step performance in front of the school, and I began to understand math better. My teachers make learning fun. For example, at the end of the school year, they hosted a Fun Day where we could redeem points that we collected during the school year. With my points I was able to get an iPad.”

As she moves into her second year at SEED, Elizabeth is most excited about her math courses. “I love math. This year, I want math to twist my mind. I really want to be challenged. I’m also eager to work with my teachers and to see how they will push us to think differently.”

At only twelve years old, Elizabeth has clear goals for her future and knows what she needs to be successful. She also has her sights set on one college in particular. “I’m proud to be a SEED MD student. I hope that being here gives me a direct pathway to college—including scholarship opportunities and a strong support system of adults that I can talk to when I need. Luckily, I’m already close with my student life counselor. I told her that I want to visit California and she showed me pictures and videos of UCLA. I learned a lot about the school and look forward to visiting it during a SEED college tour.”

At SEED, our scholars’ college bound journeys start early. Together, with your partnership, we can continue to serve as an ally for generations of young people seeking the educational resources and guidance they need—and deserve—to thrive.

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