The SEED School, Washington DC is one of the first public boarding schools in the nation. It is a tuition-free charter school that was opened in 1997, with the mission to bring children under one roof to provide them with a college preparatory education. The boys and girls in grades 6 – 12 spend Sunday through Friday on the urban campus. Admissions are based on a lottery system open to all Washington, DC residents entering the 6th grade for the upcoming academic year. The middle school students are required to meet a set of rigorous standards called the Gate in order to advance to the next grade. In high school, they are exposed to a traditional college preparatory curriculum.