SEED schools are aimed to improve the quantity and quality of inputs to the education production function. However, four main potential costs of urban boarding programs are homesickness, stress, lack of positive parental support and loss of identity. Nevertheless, benefits include the safer, less volatile and less stressful environments; fewer negative parental and community interactions; availability of positive adult role models (i.e. teachers); less free time and availability of more nutritious foods.
The intervention include data from 1) files at the SEED school (which included the applicant's name, siblings at school, admission status, sex, race, free lunch eligibility, special education status, English learner status and family background variables) and 2) data from the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) (which included race, gender, lunch eligibility and math/reading achievement scores).