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St Elizabeth Ann Seton School

Private | PK-8 | 530 students


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Posted April 19, 2014

This is one of the best schools in Tucson for elementary education. This school teaches good ethics, morals and respect for one another. I would recommend this school to everyone.
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Posted December 3, 2012

Honestly, this school is garbage. I have been attending this school for 10 years now and they treat us middle schoolers like we are 7 years old, they are super strict about what you do and I feel that us students should be given more freedom, the school was fun up until 4th grade. Im so done.

Posted October 7, 2012

Overall the city of Tucson lacks stellar high performing elementary schools. SEAS is your best option if you would like your child to be taught a solid foundation of elementary education by highly qualified teachers. Here the teachers foster an environment where children love to learn! Being creative is encouraged. The school values exposure to to a broad set of concepts, as well as the fundamentals of organization and homework responsibility. Children are challenged so they have the choice to move up 1-2 grade levels in reading and math by the end of their school year. All graduating students are more than well prepared for any high performing High School in Tucson. To all parents looking for a high achieving, well organized and safe and loving school, take a tour of SEAS, you will be impressed!
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Posted September 23, 2012

My child has attended SEAS for 5 years now. I can honestly say that in all of that time I can find very few things to complain about. The EPGY program SEAS uses is a very worthwhile tool for my child. It tracks the progress that my child is making. The teachers then use the information they get from the program to tailor the material to emphasize areas that the children may be having trouble with. All of the teachers at SEAS have their Bachelor's Degrees as well as their teaching certificates. In fact, most teachers at SEAS have a Master's Degree. The aftercare program is set up to ensure that kids get a start on homework before play. This helps working parents to give the kids a head start prior to getting home. Since homework is due in all cases by Friday, on Fridays the kids usually take in a movie in one of the classrooms. Discipline issues are worked on in a progressive manner. If the child does not heed the basic expectations (that parent & child sign up to each year in writing), appropriate actions are taken. Everyone knows ahead of time what the expectations are, and they are appropriate to the age of the child. I am blessed to have my child attend SEAS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2012

We have mixed feelings about this school. I feel obliged to write given the several good (but old) reviews, probably written by administrators/moms. Hopefully I can give perspective. It's an average school-nothing special. Positive: my kids feel safe, principal is wonderful, sports are fun, and parents are supportive. Negative: curriculum lacks challenge, especially in Math, Spanish, Music & Art. Know that practically all the teachers are moms of kids at the school-if you're a mom, you're hired. Should be a better criteria for attracting quality teachers. Some stellar instructors work here, but they are few. The EPGY math online module is useless- they would do better to get good math & tech instructors, especially in the Jr High so the kids are prepared for High School. Conformity overrules creativity & there is a heavy focus on discipline & prayer. The after care program is like prison my kids say-they dread it. Gym consists of lectures/dodge ball. Spanish is games and colors. Be prepared for a monotone Xmas show & Multicultural Night being a big repeat of the same stuff, every year. Perhaps this will improve with the new music teacher. Robots not thinkers appears to be the goal
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Posted October 19, 2011

Amazing school and we have literally looked at ALL of the private schools in the Tucson northwest and northeast side. Mrs Shadonix is a caring, well- informed and professional principal. The curriculum is top notch. We highly recommend parents to go and see this school for yourself. Compared to the other private schools, it is the BEST! It has all the test scores and happy parents and children to attest to this fact. Tuition is inexpensive ($3500-4000) compared to the other schools($7000-8900). Facilites are exquisite. They have a wait list since of course the school is in HIGH DEMAND...go and see for yourself!! AMAZING SCHOOL!
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Posted October 19, 2010

The school has a great feeling about it when you walk in. Wonderful teachers, staff, students & principal. They are all caring & polite. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged & welcome. It is the best school my children have ever attended. My oldest child attended 7 different public schools so I can compare it with others personally. None of them even come close to SEAS. I only wish it were built earlier so my oldest could have attended!
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Posted April 30, 2010

Caring respectful teachers with attention placed on their students.
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Posted July 17, 2009

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton- Tucson, AZ. uses Stanford EPGY program. Mrs Shadonix the principal listens, cares about the needs of her school. This school is only is very new with the latest technology, Smartboards are in every classroom. My two children went to this school and this has been the best experience for them. Jr. High has helped my son prepare for High School and the teachers are on top of it!
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Posted April 14, 2009

This wonderful Catholic school continues to be a great and worthwhile investment not only in our daughter's academic life but also in her social and spiritual growth. The teachers truly love the students, the parents are involved, the kids enjoy sports and clubs afterschool; we feel she is well-rounded. The parish/school campus is beautiful with a gym, a field with grass and mountain views, and seperate buildings for PK/K, grades 1-6, and then junior high all of which are grounded by the church. The students learn leadership and community service by doing. The SEAS technology lab is cutting edge plus there are Smartboards and computers in every classroom. Gym, Spanish, Art, Technology and Music are offered in addition to all the core subjects. Yet, the thing that you'll notice first is how happy all the kids are at SEAS and that's what really sets it apart! Happy Children!
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Posted March 28, 2009

Well worth the investment. Mrs Shandonix is an excellent principal and truly cares about her SEAS children and their parents. The teaching staff they have assembled at SEAS is far better than at the previous private school my daughter attended. The facilities are second to none, and the school was planned out very carefully with regard to age groups, how the grades interact with one another, as well as the playground equipment. A very technically advanced school as well. They stress both Macs and PCs. SEAS is a top performer each year it has participated at SARSEF, the regional Science Fair held each year in Tucson. Parent involvement is mandatory, which shows how much they value a sense of community and belonging. The parent website is excellent. You can check on homework assignments and report cards, as well as financial information. A very satisfied parent!
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Posted February 3, 2009

SEAS is a very good school with high standards for academics, values, personal growth, and community service. The principal, Mrs. Shadonix, is fantastic. She genually cares and knows all the kids by name. Each month they base their curriculum around a value or a virtue, such as 'patience,' 'honesty,' etc. You can check on your child's grades for each test, assignments, etc., 24/7 on the parent web site. Individual teachers will offer tutoring if a child is struggling on their own time. Parent involvment is mandatory for 50hrs per year, which fosters a strong community. Last year's 6th grade class scored 99th percentile in math and 100% percentile in the other two subjects of the AIMS test. It's worth the financial sacrifice of private school.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 42%
Hispanic 32% 43%
Two or more races 13% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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