The SEED School Landscape Master Plan

THE SEED FOUNDATION  |  Washington, DC

The SEED Public Charter School, featured in the documentary, Waiting for ‘Superman’, is located in the socio-economically challenged neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C., east of the Anacostia River. It was the first urban, inner-city public boarding school in the country—founded to create a whole-life environment for students for an optimal learning experience. 

The landscape master plan process of engaging the school community through design and hands-on learning, culminated in a report for The SEED School’s use in fund raising, planning, and community engagement. The plan set out a vision and strategy for evolving the campus as an outdoor living environment for underprivileged urban youth with a multi-faceted program of education, active and passive leisure, and ecological stewardship within the Anacostia River Watershed. We proposed a plan to engage the students with their environment on an everyday basis by creating visible green stormwater infrastructure, defining a variety of ecological habitat zones, and providing interactive learning opportunities throughout the landscape. Realization of the landscape plan re-stitches the school to the adjacent park system and neighborhood community, while providing the students with the benefits, lessons, and responsibilities of caring for an outdoor, living environment.