California’s first public boarding school is accepting applications from ninth-graders who live in Los Angeles County to join its first class of students when the campus opens this fall.
Located in South Los Angeles, the SEED School of Los Angeles County is a college-preparatory program that will offer a curriculum focused on transportation infrastructure, STEM fields, and humanities, according to the school’s website. school.
Students will live on campus most of the week and return home on weekends, with transportation provided to and from a drop-off and pickup location near the student’s residence. They will also have access to academic, social, emotional, and physical and mental health services.
Current eighth-grade students can apply for one of 125 places available for the 2022-23 school year. Registration will be based on a lottery system, with the draw taking place on March 25. Students who live in the South Los Angeles and Vermont/Manchester area will be given priority, as will students facing homelessness, are in the foster care or probation systems, or whose parent is incarcerated.
Funded by LA County, LA Metro and private donations, the school will be free for students. The LA campus is the fourth SEED school in the nation, with other campuses already operational in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Miami.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2020 for the construction of the 147,000 square foot LA campus, which will include 20 classrooms, an art studio, science and creative space labs and other spaces educational and recreational. The site, a devastated 4.2-acre lot on Vermont and Manchester avenues in South Los Angeles, had been vacant since 1992, when the verdict in Rodney King’s trial led to days of rioting.
To apply or for more information about the school, visit www.seedschoolla.org.