Our Program

The Commitment

Starting in the ninth grade, we provide rigorous academic instruction, quality mentorship, and individualized advising, to ensure that our Scholars are admitted to competitive colleges, and experience a rich and rewarding college education. 

When a student joins SEO they must commit to the following:

After-School Instruction (2-3 days per week during the school year)

Weekly, after-school, seminar-style classes and small-group tutoring is a vital component of our program model.

Saturday Academy (Every Saturday during the school year)

A full day of “school” is provided three Saturdays per month during the academic year. Experienced Instructors deliver a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum of reading, writing, grammar, and math. Classes are discussion-based and mimic college courses.

Summer Academy (5-7 weeks during the summer)

Our five-week-long Summer Academy features all-day classes, Monday through Friday.

Dual Enrollment (During Summer Academy) 

Scholars take college courses the summer of their 9th, 10th and 11th grade year. SEO Scholars partners with a community college to provide specialized, private college classes specifically for our Scholars. 

Additional Programming

(Mandatory during 11-12 grade)

SAT Strategy Course

Saturday Academy continues throughout the 11th grade, concluding in an SAT strategy course in the spring.


Scholars work one-on-one with volunteer mentors throughout the 11th grade. 

Summer Enrichment Programs (EPs)

Scholars participate in EPs that promote leadership and independence, including travel abroad, experiential programs, college courses, and professional internships, during the summer before 12th grade. 

Interested in learning more? Visit our Summer Enrichment Program page now.

College Applications and Financial Aid

Under the guidance of our dedicated College Admissions team, SEO Scholars visit campuses, meet with admissions officers, and receive personalized essay writing assistance. They also get one-on-one counseling and support in applying for scholarships and financial aid so that, regardless of family income level, our Scholars can attend the best school to which they are accepted.