We've had one child graduate and another in 10th grade. The teachers are tough and the homework is bountiful, but I can say that our college student is MUCH better prepared for the college workload that others. Our current student is very involved in both their fine arts program and robotics. It is a well rounded school with focus on Faith, Education, Arts and so much more. Highly recommend the investment and to look into tuition assistance programs from both the church and state funds if needed. One great thing I love about Setons process for continual improvement is to encourage students to be the first point of communication. In college, they will not have mom and dad to step in and fix everything, so they start here to have the student practice this. There are secondary ways to bring in parents and administration as may be appropriate. I've worked for public schools and have a great understanding where funds go to. Private schools don't receive capital improvement funds, salary, transportation, prof. development and other state/federal funding benefits, yet will need to be competitive to keep the best staff. They can only do this with volunteers and fundraising ~Micki
Seton was a fantastic school for my two children. It is demanding academically, but has a very close knit and supportive community feel. Both of my students enjoyed attending Seton and felt that they received an outstanding preparation for college and that they had a great experience at the school.
As a parent of 3 children who have attended Seton, two having graduated and one about to graduate this year, we have found Seton to be an excellent and caring Community that has taught our children to be responsible and caring Catholic Christians. The Academics were challenging, but the most important thing they gained was what it meant to be a contributing part of a community outside of just their family, and to build life long relationships with other members of that community. Our youngest is about to graduate from Seton, and we have seen such growth in her academically as well as spiritually. She has enjoyed sports, an excellent Fine arts program, and a deep involvement spiritually in the Seton community. Seton is not for everyone if one cannot accept discipline, accountability and involvement, but if you are looking for a chance to learn how to make a difference in the world, then Seton will prepare you for life long success. Seton is no slouch academically. Our 2 Seton graduates graduated with honors from Notre Dame and Arizona State respectively, and are both in excellent career positions. Seton prepares you for a life well lived.
Our oldest is a senior at Seton Catholic Prep HS, and has had one of the best high school experiences that we could have ever hoped for, academically, socially and spiritually. Four years ago we had much to consider with all the good strong choices in the south east valley, and other Catholic high schools in Phoenix, however, we found that in this Christian environment our daughter has thrived. She has been challenged academically, and has had teachers and administrators that went out of their way to make sure she is succeeding, The cost of tuition was a definite factor in the decision process, and it was a hardship, The best thing I can say about SCP is that there is a love and leadership from the older students that is priceless. I have to say also, the school has grown with my child and we will do it all over again and hope to soon with a son in elementary school.
Seton has been a fantastic school for our children. The administration and teachers are outstanding. We love the community of parents/teachers/coaches. The academics are definitely more strenous and demanding, but we feel confident that our children will be more than prepared for college.
If you want your child to be ready for college and not go bankrupt, send them to Horizon Honors Highschool. Excellent "private" highschool with public school funding.Their counselors and teachers are dedicated and not preoccupied with fund raising. I have three kids, two went to seton and the last went to H.H. Complete waste of money for the first two, the third is at Gonzaga on scholarship due to Horizon Honors.
My daughter goes to school here and I won't be sending either of my younger children. I agree with previous commenters who said its not worth the money.i would describe the atmosphere less as Christian and more as competitive, with a bit of elitism thrown in. It seems only a relatively small handful of kids really excel, and the rest of the kids are just there to pay the bills.
Seton Catholic Preparatory school excels in academics. My son has been challenged, and he will be fully prepared for college. The sports programs are very competitive. Seton's small school setting offers an intimate community feel. We plan to send out two other younger children to Seton, since our oldest had an excellent experience there. Yes, the tuition is expensive, but Seton's cost is comparable to other private schools in Phoenix. It was well worth the expense.
My daughter attended a local public high school before we enrolled her at Seton. While attending public high school, her curriculum was about three miles wide and an inch deep! At Seton, the information in her text books is better organized, and the material covered is more focused, beginning with the fundamentals, and extending logically through the full range of established facts and knowledge of the subject matter. We don't think she is getting a superior education at Seton, we know she is. At night, she typically has two and-a-half to four hours of homework. When she is having difficulty understanding what is being taught, she goes to eighth hour and her instructor actually takes the time to review her work, and show her where she is getting lost or making mistakes! I'm not suggesting that this kind of personal attention doesn't exist in public schools, it's just rare!
I think Seton is a good school for a certain type of student. Sports are well organized and coached. There is a lack of a healthy and supportive community feeling while the school markets 'community' as a strength. Given the expense of this school, I think there should be a greater involvement and caring of the students by teachers and staff than I have experienced. Seton is currently going through growing pains both financially and administratively given that they are building a new and larger school (which has been very very slow)and I believe the students are suffering because of it. The advantages of Seton is that it is a small school and a Christian/Catholic environment. There are some excellent teachers and some very poor teachers. Not worth the money. It is very expensive and continues to grow in cost to offset the expense of the new school.
I am currently a student at Seton and I love it. If I have a question, the teacher will help me. There are honors and AP classes also available. It is a college prep school, meaning it prepares its students for college. Seton, overall, is a great school.
Academics are pretty good, but if you're struggling you're pretty much on your own. Lack of security is a big problem. Religion is a plus, but the skirts worn by girls are way to short for a public school let alone a Catholic one. What are these parents thinking? A lack of many electives is another drawback.
Although the tuiton is high, the children here are well brought up and involved as are the teachers. A+ School!
I have had 2 sons graduate from Seton in '01 and '03. They both went on to 4 year universities and say they were better prepared than their classmates. They both had a blast being part of the sports program. As a parent, I enjoyed getting to know the other parents. I can understand what the one reviewer meant when they felt the tuition was too high, it was certainly a struggle, but I also have seen the annual reports, and I don't think, for a Catholic School, or a private school in the area, they are out of line.
I have had three children attend Seton Catholic High School. The caliber of educational and personal growth that Seton offers is outstanding. Seton provides a safe environment in a small school setting. There is a great relationship among the students. It is not your typical high school setting. Seton offers a variety of 3A level sports, and most of the students are involved in at least one sport. Over 95% of the students at Seton go on to attend college. It is offers a wonderful Christian atmosphere for your student.
Very, very expensive and not sure it's worth it. The advantages, small school therefore greater student accountability. good teachers. but so expensive it's unreal. they continually ask for more and more money, they want your time to volunteer. it's incredible how much money. their academic advising is not good. they may have a college curriculum but they don't give good guidance. I wouldn't send my second child, it's just not worth the money.
Seton is a great school! As a student, they provide me with many oppertunities. I hope to be a success knowing I went to a great, well-prepared school!
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