What is the High School Seminar Series?

Tenley’s four-year High School Seminar Series gives students the practical, intellectual, and moral foundation to be men of character. Through a combination of classes, one-on-one mentoring, and career presentations by successful professionals, the seminars help students develop the skills and attitude necessary to be effective in high school, college, and later on as fathers, professionals, and citizens.

Topic of Junior Seminar: College Orientation

Junior Year is a key time to begin to firm up your college decision. But making this decision and being able to go to one’s college of choice is an arduous progress. There are tests to take, essays to write, colleges to visit, etc.  This seminar seeks to supplement and reinforce what your school’s college orientation program already provides.


6:00 – 7:00 Silent study hall
7:00 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 Seminar


Dinner is provided at each seminar and is covered by the overall seminar fee.

Study hall

Each seminar has a required 60 minute silent study hall, which is monitored by a Tenley staff member.


All seminars are held at Tenley Study Center. For directions please call or click on the link “Contact us” at the top of the page.


The Center is a few blocks away from the Friendship Heights Metro station on the red line.  Students may receive a ride from the Heights School in the Tenley van; it leaves the school at 5:30 pm on seminar days. Parents provide the rides home for their sons; carpools can be arranged for this purpose.

Dress code

All students attending a High School Seminar are asked to wear collared shirts and long pants. No t-shirts, jeans, shorts, or sandals please.

Dates and Topics

9/18 – Navigating the Tests
PSAT’s, SAT, ACT, AP’s… SOS! Which ones to take and when.

10/9 – Mind the App
Completing the Common Application:
Grades, Letters of Recommendation, and Extracurriculars.

11/13 – Narrowing the List
What should I look for when choosing a college?
From Academics to Sports—and everything in between.

12/4 – Seeing is Believing
How to Plan your College Visit… what to look for;
when to go; what to ask.

1/8 – Summer Counts
Getting the most out of internships and volunteer jobs.
Why they matter in your college application process.

2/5 – Because I’m Free
The Liberal Arts and Practical Training.
What do you want to get out of college?

3/11 – The X Marks the Spot
If you want to get there… you first need to know your
destination. Why having a plan of studies is the key to
success in college.

4/1 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Having a Blast; Growing in Faith; Staying the Course.

5/6 – Who am I?
Writing your best essay yet… that might open the door
to the college of your choice.

More info

Please contact Joe Cardenas at jcardenas@tenley.org