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 Sophomore Seminar: Career Orientation

This Seminar introduces students to diverse career paths through a series of presentations by leading professionals. Speakers address the schooling and preparation needed for their field, the daily duties and activities they encounter, and the interesting challenges and opportunities that arise in their line of work. Students become aware of the various ways that they can serve society and support their families in the future, and also are encouraged to take their studies seriously as preparation for a challenging and fruitful professional career.


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:

9/17 Medicine
10/8 Public Life, Politics
11/12 Law
12/3 Engineering
1/7 Computer Science, Coding
2/4 Business and Finance
3/10 Intelligence / National Security / Military
3/31 Architecture
5/5 Journalism

More info

Please contact Richard Ybarra at rybarra@tenley.org