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Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD)

Program Description


Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) empowers promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds to thrive in high school and college and provides students transformative opportunities for service and leadership.

Program Overview:

For high school students from the Bronx; East Boston; Raymond, New Hampshire; Fairmont, West Virginia; and Schenectady, New York; SEAD encourages academic preparedness and personal growth through specially designed courses, year-round mentoring, and extensive interactions over three years with Dartmouth undergraduates, alumni, faculty, administration, and Upper Valley community members. For Dartmouth students, SEAD offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn with others from different, and often challenging, life experiences. SEAD seeks to fulfill its goals by operating three major programs:

SEAD Summer Program

SEAD students spend a few weeks each summer on Dartmouth's campus participating in educational and personal enrichment activities. Each year has a specific focus: SEAD I - Identity; SEAD II - Environment and Sustainability; SEAD III - College Preparation and Self-Advocacy; SEAD IV - College Transition

During academic blocks students take engaging courses related to the summer's focus. During non-academic blocks students participate in a variety of activities designed to engage with and expand their extracurricular interests. Students participate in discussions and workshops that focus on improving their life skills opening them up to new perspectives. An important component of student enrichment is interactions between SEAD students and Dartmouth undergraduates, faculty, and staff. Members of the Dartmouth community volunteer their time to serve as mentors, academic coaches, and advisors to the SEAD students.

SEAD Reunions:

SEAD students return to Dartmouth during the school year after each summer program for a 4-day weekend. The SEAD reunion is an opportunity for our SEAD students to reconnect with Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff as well as with each other. The SEAD Reunion is organized in collaboration with Hanover High School which helps us in planning and provides host families for all of the SEAD students.

SEAD Internships:

The SEAD Internship program places a selected Dartmouth student in each SEAD partner high school for the duration of the 10 week Dartmouth fall, winter, and/or spring terms. Interns receive training from the SEAD program staff, live in the community of and work full-time at the SEAD partner school throughout the Dartmouth term, and then return to Dartmouth for debriefing.

The SEAD Internship program has the following central goals: to help re-infuse the SEAD high school students with the energy and sense of academic inspiration with which they left last summer, to maintain contact with SEAD parents/guardians and school personnel; to gather anecdotal records and grades, to help arrange and meet with the local SEAD ambassador and plan an event with area Dartmouth alumni and Friends of SEAD, and to support the hosting school in its College Awareness programs.

While in the host school community, the intern will dedicate 50% of their time specifically to SEAD and the remaining 50% will be spent working with the school (often primarily through the school's Guidance Department) on programs focused on college awareness for the greater student body.

SEAD's 2010-2013 partner schools:

Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics (New York) - Site Contact: Mitch Kurz/Ana Henriquez

Easton Boston High School (Massachusetts) - Site Contact: Catherine Carney

Fairmont Senior High School (West Virginia) - Site Contact: Candy Byerley

Raymond High School (New Hampshire) - Site Contact: Renee Williams

Schenectady High School (New York) - Site Contact: Earl Barcomb

Current SEAD guidelines for partner schools:

  • Be fully accredited public institutions
  • Understand and fully support the overarching mission, vision and methods of SEAD
  • Have a head of school who is committed to the mission of SEAD and is willing to have periodic conference calls about the program
  • Have a significant number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch under federal guidelines
  • Not already be the beneficiary of many different programs similar to SEAD
  • Have someone in their area willing to work as a community ambassador to help identify resources to support the school's cohort of students

SEAD Student Selection

SEAD Scholars are a diverse group drawn from several different communities. Students are drawn from both urban and rural settings. A maximum of 6 students are drawn from each of 5 communities to make a SEAD class of 30 students. All SEAD scholars come from partner under-resourced schools and each student qualifies for the federal free or reduced lunch program at his/her school.

SEAD students all have the potential and desire to achieve excellence, though they may lack the resources and support systems necessary to succeed. Though they may have experienced varied levels of academic success before beginning SEAD, they all have a desire to graduate from high school and further their education. The goal of SEAD is to provide the spark and guidance to help these students expand their educational options and opportunities.

Success Stories

Former student Damaris Walker grew up in Philadelphia. His father was not involved in his life, his mother was very young, and his two brothers are now incarcerated for life for drug-related crimes. Despite these challenges, Damaris is entering his third year at Yale Law School, having graduated from Dartmouth College with a 3.7 GPA.

We are also proud of a current high school SEAD student from Boston. She is an undocumented student, and her father only recently reentered her life. She joined her school soccer team, received third place in a city science fair, and is well on her way to attend college next fall.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 31%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 46%
  • African American: 23%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 72
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 48

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (3)


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • American International College
  • Arizona State University-Tempe
  • Castleton University
  • City College-Gainesville
  • Clemson University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Elon University
  • Keene State College
  • New England College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
  • Plymouth State University
  • St. John's College (MD)
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Winthrop University