Students are disrespectful and the entitlement culture is profound. There are definite barriers within social circles based on parental income that supersede what a Catholic education should instill in children. There is minimal effort to break this cycle by administration, who in fact does seem to cater to those with the largest donations and bank accounts. Seton is not alone in this, it is a prevailing problem at many Catholic schools. Those with the cash to throw around are always heard first and loudest.
I don't think there is an overall initiative to develop these characteristics. It is definitely good lip service for trying to sell a Seton education, but I firmly disagree that this is a priority with the administration.
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.