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 Senior Seminar: Truth on Trial

One of the critical issues for our society is moral relativism–the idea that there are no abiding values by which to orient our lives. By giving students a philosophical grounding in topics surrounding truth, knowledge and the goal of human life, this seminar helps them to recognize and critique relativistic claims which are commonly advanced in the media, public policy and academia. As a result, they will be better prepared to continue their intellectual and cultural development in the university.


  • $475 before September 15th
  • $545 after September 15th


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. The Center is a few blocks away from the Friendship Heights Metro station on the red line.

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

9/27 Relativism

10/11 Evolution

11/8 Freedom and Authority

12/6 Conscience and the Moral Law

1/24 Secular Humanism

2/21 Rights, Individualism, Libertarianism

3/13 The Immateriality of the Soul

4/17 The Meaning of Marriage

5/15 Work, Play & Leisure

More info

Please contact Mr. Cheely at mcheely@tenley.org

Application Process

Applications will be handled on a first come first serve basis. Once the program fills up, Mr. Cheely will create a wait-list and accept new students when spots open up. Please reach out to him at mcheely@tenley.org with any questions.