SEED: How Prep promotes diversity in its students

Having a diverse student body is an integral part the Fairfield Prep mission in forming young men of intellectual competence.

As a Catholic, Jesuit school of excellence, Prep seeks and supports a diverse student body through our SEED (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity) program.

Begun nearly three decades ago, SEED’s goal is to maximize the academic potential of each student. The program is primarily focused on providing support services for students from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economic, racial, cultural, religious and geographic.

As Prep seeks to foster compassion and a commitment to justice in our students, we believe it is important to bring to the forefront the wide array of multicultural viewpoints so that we can develop young men who are equipped to thrive in an increasingly global world.

SEED Director Alecia G. Thomas

Ms. Alecia Thomas was introduced to Jesuit education during her undergraduate years at Fairfield University. Since then, she has embraced its values in every aspect and is committed to diversity work as it relates to developing young “Men for Others.”

Ms. Thomas received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a Master’s degree in American Studies from Fairfield University. Her 17- year career in education has included teaching, mentoring young people, and curriculum development.

As Director of Diversity & Academic Support Services, Ms. Thomas has a leadership role in ensuring that Fairfield Prep realizes its vision of being an inclusive and equitable community through her work with students, families, administrators, faculty, and staff.

Academic Support

The Director of Academic Support Services (Mrs. Alecia Thomas) interfaces with the Guidance Department to provide support for students who are academically at risk. Students are assigned a Fairfield University Adviser who works with them on time management, organization, and study strategies. In addition, they are assigned a Peer Tutor (member from the National Honor Society, who assist with a subject related matter.

SEED Academic Enrichment Camp (SEED Scholar Program)

Students attend a full day of summer school where they are enrolled in courses such as reading/ study skills, math (algebra/ geometry), creative writing, and iPad Basic Skills These students are academically monitored through the SEED program during the year (see Academic Support tab).

During the academic year, students and parents meet during the interim of each quarter ad semester to discuss their progress and devise a plan for future success.

SEED Brothers for Others Mentor Program

SEED underclassmen are assigned a big brother (member of the NHS) who assist with social and academic retention. Students are encouraged to interact once a week in an effort to promote camaraderie among each other. A pizza social is held three times during the academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) where students are encouraged to share their experiences at Prep in an open forum.

SEED Parents Association

SEED parents and students attend workshops where they have the opportunity to hear from alumni, teachers, and/ or administrators about current topics that pertains to student achievement and success. Meetings are held three times during the academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring).

Diversity Programming

Fairfield Prep offers a number of SEED diversity clubs for students to join.

For a full description, visit our Clubs & Extracurricular Activities page.

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