The SEED School of Maryland is a statewide college-preparatory public boarding school that opened in August 2008. SEED offers an opportunity for students from across the state to receive a tuition free, college preparatory, boarding education. The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to establish the school, which receives state and local funds. The Maryland State Department of Education oversees the school and holds it accountable to state and federal standards for teaching and learning. SEED integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with life skills and enrichment activities, all in a nurturing and safe boarding school environment. The school is building on the success of The SEED School of Washington, D.C. – the nation's only other public, urban, college-preparatory boarding school, which was established in 1998.