Southern California Program

SEED School of Los Angeles County

Education
Los Angeles, CA
$500,000
June 2020

The SEED School of Los Angeles County (SEED LA) is modeled after a successful network of public boarding schools founded by The SEED Foundation.  It will be the county’s first public, college-preparatory boarding school and will focus on high school students who need a nurturing, safe environment to achieve academic success, and attain economic independence to live their best life.  SEED LA will serve 400 students, with a goal that 50% will come from South LA’s Vermont Manchester neighborhood, where the school will be located, and 50% of students from throughout Los Angeles County.  As chartered by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, SEED LA will conduct a weighted lottery, giving priority admission to youth who have been or are in foster care, are homeless or housing insecure, or have an immediate family member who is incarcerated.  SEED LA is for students who need the “gift of time” and for whom a 24-hour, five-day-a-week boarding school provides the best opportunity to graduate from high school, thrive in college and beyond.  SEED LA will have a STEM focus, offering exposure and experiences related to the global transportation and infrastructure industry.  SEED LA has received public support from Los Angeles County and LA Metro with a commitment of $10 million a year for 15 years for student boarding and support services.  A Keck Foundation capital grant will help support construction of the school building, which along with the residential facilities, is scheduled to be completed in August 2022.

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