Glimpsing the Promise of a SEED School in LA

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and LA County Metropolitan Transportation Agency CEO Phillip Washington at the SEED School of Washington D.C.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led a delegation of Los Angeles County officials to the East Coast to observe first-hand the nationally-acclaimed work of the SEED Foundation, which has been tapped to open an innovative public charter boarding school at the intersection of Vermont and Manchester Avenues in 2021, in partnership with the County and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“This is about building assets and  transforming communities in an indigenous context,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “SEED LA promises to raise up not just the families who will participate, but the region at large.”

The SEED Foundation has earned national praise for its innovative model of partnering with urban communities to design and operate college-preparatory public boarding schools that serve students five days a week, from grades 6-12, in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Miami. For 20 years,  it has integrated a rigorous academic program with a nurturing boarding program, and has taught life skills while providing a safe and secure environment to help children from high-need backgrounds achieve their dreams.

Inside the SEED School of Washington D.C.

SEED Los Angeles, which will be located at the intersection of Vermont and Manchester Avenues in South LA, will provide a STEM-focused college preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12. The school will recruit students from households within the  County’s safety net, and through an innovative partnership with Metro and the County. The goal is not only to prepare them for college, but also for careers within the transportation and infrastructure fields.

The County delegation included Metro CEO Phillip Washington and the leaders of various County Departments, including ‎Probation; Children and Family Services; Public Works; Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services; and Mental Health; as well as representatives from the Board of Supervisors.

A critical step in the development of the school happened on October 25, 2018, when the Metro Board unanimously approved an ongoing financial subsidy to support the operations of the school. The school is anticipated to open in 2021.