Nepotism and cronyism are abundant at this Catholic school. That's hardly any different from many Catholic schools, but disappointing none the less. Money talks loudly at Seton. I could cite several cronyism examples within administration (familial connections from different Catholic schools gaining positions, students with relatives in power and teaching positions getting preferential treatment), but a glaring one is with the newly hired baseball coach, who does double duty as asst athletic director. Two of his assistant coaches have boys fast tracked on varsity, as starters no less, lacking the skills compared to established players. That's easy play time for kids who didn't or couldn't cut it elsewhere, what a joke. Daddyball has a negative connotation for a reason, but high school Daddyball? Come on Seton. The way the boys are talked to and treated also is at odds with the Catholic mission of the school. Bringing down their esteem and reminding kids "we don't need you" is not the type of positive community building you expect at a Catholic institution. Another area where this school is lacking is the theology department. These courses weigh as heavily on gpa as a core subject, but the fact is the teaching is subpar, and the onus is on the student to try to relearn material independently. Counseling seems to acknowledge there are problems with these teachers, but expect nothing to improve. If you are looking for faith based education in a small school setting, this isn't a bad option. The academics are good. Just be prepared that your kid may not always get a fair shake at Seton.
There is a tendency of a couple instructors to overwhelm at the end of a grading cycle, which has the appearance of making up for time not well spent with the students during the remainder of the academic period.
Some of the teachers are caring and exceptional. Others are mediocre. I think there is a significant deficit in the language and literature department and freshman curriculum. Far more emphasis needs placed on development of quality writing skills through repetition and practice.
If you forget about the exorbitant tuition cost, this is a decent school. Nothing great, nothing awful. Factor in the $11,000 tuition bill (if you are active Catholic, more if not), plus books, uniforms, registration fees, and incidentals, you have a very pricey sub-par college prep experience. If Catholic education is of primary importance, it may be a good fit for your kids. If not, you can get far more bang for the buck elsewhere.
Class offerings are limited, facilities are dated, and in some areas of campus extremely neglected, student body tends to be snobby and over privileged, with parents who clearly are paying for kids with low academic initiative to have the words "college prep" on a transcript. There is nothing exciting or enticing about the program that would convince me it's worthy of the price tag.
This is our first year here at Seton and it has exceeded our high expectations. The curriculum, teachers, administration, staff and students are outstanding. My daughter says she loves her school, something she has never said in the past. The school is not easy, but they set it up to help the kids succeed. We are very impressed and pleased.
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.