November 2013

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Application Season Has Begun for
SEEDS Scholars


Scholars and Young Scholars Research Selective Schools 

For the past two months, SEEDS' Scholars and Young Scholars have spent Saturdays honing their academic skills and preparing for admission to selective middle and high schools across the country.


SEEDS scholars at the Annual Placement Fair.

On September 14, SEEDS Scholars and their families visited three boarding schools: George School (Newtown, Pennsylvania), The Taft School (Watertown, Connecticut) and Westminster School (Simsbury, Connecticut). 


These trips provide the opportunity to experience yet another school environment and boarding school campus. At each school, partners host Scholars with a welcome session, campus tour and a student panel, often comprised of SEEDS graduates currently attending that school. Visits such as these allow families to learn even more about academics and campus life at the schools to which they will apply. 


Just a few weeks later, Scholars and Young Scholars met representatives from nearly 90 selective middle and high schools at SEEDS' Annual Placement School Fair. One-hundred and twenty SEEDS families spent the day exploring the application school process to selective schools, participating in interview and financial aid workshops, and listening to alumni and admissions panels. Topics discussed in the admissions panel included: The Admissions Process (with SEEDS Trustee and Dwight-Englewood's Director of Learning & Teaching Annex, Sherronda Brown), Diversity on Campus, Joining a New School Community, Life Beyond the Classroom, and Single-Gender Education.


Scholars and Young Scholars also took part in Mock Interviews to

Rebeka Zambrano (Young Scholars '14) and volunteer Patti Kent at Mock Interviews.

prepare for success at the schools to which they are applying. A warm thanks to the more than 60 volunteers who interviewed Scholars and their families at Dwight-Englewood, The Pingry School and Seton Hall Prep and Young Scholars and their families at Newark Academy


Over the next several weeks, Scholars and Young Scholars will be wrapping up their applications. Before mid-November, each student will submit applications to six to nine schools.



CPP Scholars Prepare College Applications 

CPP Senior Hilda Agyekum and her brother meet with mentor
and SEEDS Trustee Janene Edlin.

In addition to the work our Scholars and Young Scholars have been completing for selective school admissions, College Preparatory Program (CPP) seniors have been actively researching colleges and universities with their mentors as they prepare for the college application process. CPP seniors, along with their parents and mentors, kicked off the application season with a meeting on October 5. With the help of their mentors and SEEDS' Placement team, each CPP senior will apply to nine to 12 schools this year.


Over the past several weeks, representatives from Allegheny College, Bowdoin CollegeRider University, Tufts University and Washington University in St. Louis have visited CPP Saturday Academy to meet with scholars in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. Upcoming information sessions include visits from: Haverford College, Juniata College, Colgate University, Drew University and Albright College. (Visit our CPP calendar for additional program details.)


Eight seniors had the opportunity to attend "A Day in the Life of a College Student" at Rowan University last month. In addition, 12 scholars have been accepted to fly-in programs at Allegheny CollegeColgate UniversityConnecticut CollegeDenison UniversityDickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College or George Washington University.


Application Time for SEEDS' Next Class


Applications for New Jersey SEEDS' Scholars, Young Scholars and College Preparatory Programs are now available! Since application season opened online in mid-September, SEEDS representatives have already completed 40 presentations at schools and five information sessions across the region. To date, more than 800 students have requested an application. 


Know a student who may be interested in applying to SEEDS? Visit our Admissions page for eligibility requirements and to request a visit in your local school or with your community group. You can also stay up to date on recruitment visits by liking our Admissions Facebook page.


For questions or additional information, contact Adriana Andujar, Dean of Admissions, at [email protected].

Sixth Annual Casino Night Raises
More Than $47,000
SEEDS' Alumni at the
Sixth Annual Casino Night.
On Thursday, October 17, New Jersey SEEDS' Alumni Alliance and Young Leadership Committee hosted the Sixth Annual Casino Night: Gaming for a Cause at Hudson Terrace in New York. The event raised more than $47,000 to support future SEEDS' scholars.
Photos from the event can be found on's Social Scene and SEEDS' website. To obtain high resolution photos, please contact Theresa Murray.
Thanks to Casino Night's Executive Sponsors - Caesars Foundation and Coach - and Bronze Sponsors - D&B, Investors Bank and PAMLI Capital Management. Thanks to Southwest, the official airline partner of SEEDS' Sixth Annual Casino Night.
SEEDS would also like to thank the Classes of 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 for their support.

SEEDS Shares Educational Expertise at
Industry Events

SSATB Annual Meeting
New Jersey SEEDS presented at the SSATB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on September 21. Associate Director of Placement, Bernadette Sarlo, participated in a panel along with Marie Myers and Rob Mitchell, who lead admissions at Concord Academy and
Morristown-Beard, respectively. SEEDS' Director of Admissions and Placement, Andy Hoge, moderated the panel, which focused on supporting families during the financial aid process.
Mission: Possible 
On Friday, November 15, Director of Education and Guidance, David Allyn, will speak at Mission: Possible - Transforming the Future through College Access. David's talk will focus on "College Access: Empircs and Empowerment," and will begin at 10:30 a.m. 
SEEDS to Host Panel at POCC

This December, New Jersey SEEDS will present at the Annual People of Color Conference (POCC), hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).


On Thursday, December 5, SEEDS' Ronni Denes (President), Marcy Lopez (Dean of Programs) and Jamie McClintock (Development Officer, Parents Program), will participate in a panel discussion titled: "A Family Affair: Engaging and Supporting Parents of Color." It will run from 3:45 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and will examine first-hand experiences of families of color at independent schools. The workshop will also share best practices for increasing parent engagement. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the independent school environment for students and parents of color and building inclusive communities for diverse families.


We hope to see you there! 



Guidance Team Begins Visits to Students


SEEDS' four-member Guidance team is on the move! October marked the beginning of Gudiance visits to Middle and High School Scholars at their placement schools. Guidance will also visit CPP College Scholars at colleges and universities across the country in the coming months.


In late November, Guidance will host two college tours for High School Scholars, visiting Connecticut College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, Quinnipiac University, and Trinity College. Those interested in joining SEEDS should be on the lookout for additional information in the coming weeks.



Alumni Alliance Holds Planning Retreat
SEEDS alumni at this September's retreat.

Fifteen SEEDS graduates (representing the classes of 1995 through 2005) met at the Neighborhood Preservation Center in September for this year's Alumni Alliance retreat. At the event, SEEDS alumni set fundraising goals, planned outreach, and coordinated volunteer events for the upcoming year.
If you are a SEEDS graduate enrolled in college or who has completed undergraduate collegiate coursework and would like to volunteer your time as part of the Alliance leadership, please contact Sarah Cassidy 973.642.6422, ext. 241.

Save the Date: Upcoming Programs Events


New Jersey SEEDS will host four PFS (Parent Financial Statement) Workshops for the families of Scholars and Young Scholars this fall. 
  • Saturday, November 9 - Young Scholars session will be held at Newark Academy from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 9 - Scholars session at Seton Hall Prep will run from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 16 - Scholars session at The Pingry School will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 23 - Scholars session at Dwight-Englewood School will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
SEEDS' College Preparatory Program will host its fall College Tour for juniors from November 6 - November 8. Students will visit Lehigh University, Hood College and McDaniel College on the overnight trip.



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