High School

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.

“My words can’t justify what SEO has done for me and my peers; it has connected me with people who are fighting the same battle as me – for education, rights, and voice.” 

– Ashley, SUNY Albany, Class of 2022

Our Program Includes:

Saturday Academy

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

Summer Academy

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

After-School Instruction and Tutoring

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

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. 

Interested in becoming a mentor? Visit our Mentor page now.

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.

$4.1 million

the amount the 2023 New York City High School Class was awarded in scholarships and grants for their first year alone