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Seton Catholic Elementary School

Private | PK-6 | 120 students

Seton Catholic School is best known for it's academics and Christian environment

 
 

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $60,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $624.

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5 stars

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2013:
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Posted May 5, 2014

Our son has attended Seton since he was 4. We put him in the preschool program and I will say it was amazing. Now he is almost done attending Seton and every year he has tested out of his grade in all subjects. This is not unique, as most parents tell us the same thing. The staff here is fantastic and really care about our sons education. The children are taught to care for one another and respect others. I would highly recommend this school. One other thing. You don't have to be catholicfor your children to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

Our son recently transferred to Seton from a public school, and in a very short time we've already seen improvements being made. When he was younger, he was able to get special help with his reading and fine motor skills at the public school he was in. Now he's reading very well, but his math and writing skills needed improving. We had forgotten how amazing Seton was (from when our older child attended). He brings home papers from what they have been working on that day. He's studing things that my eighth grader is currently reviewing. They teach science, social studies, math, reading, and writing, (as well as music, art, and P.E.). To parents who are considering Seton for their child, I would say, "Run, don't walk!" Take a look at their test scores. Their scores are far and above anything else in town, and probably some of the highest in the state. The teachers are very kind and can work more closely with your child because of the smaller class sizes. They will have more projects and tests because this is part of their learning so much in a short time. It also helps develope excellent study skills for later in life. It's one of the best investments we've ever made!
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Posted June 1, 2013

I transfered my daughter after 1 1/2 years at the "best" public elementary. It has been wonderful. The teachers are excellent and the coursework adjusted to the student even when the student is excelling!
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Posted September 4, 2009

We recently moved to Ottumwa from the Quad Cities/Pleasant Valley School District. We love Seton! Our daughter has really grown academically as well as socially. Kids at Seton not only learn to be good students, but also good people. We were a little worried at first about the small class sizes and making friends, but the great thing about Seton is that the kids all play together, no matter what grade they're in. It's kind of like a big family. If you would like to be active in the school, the Home and School (PTA) is very friendly and offers many opportunites to participate. The principal and staff are very professional, and they really care about the kids. Be sure to check out the ITBS scores for this school- very impressive. If you are moving to Ottumwa, you owe it to yourself- and your kids- to check out Seton.
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Posted July 11, 2007

This is a great school where one on one attention can be provided to those students who excel or need extra help. The teachers are top notch and very caring about every aspect of your child's developement. Manner and respect for others are encouraged and taught here. Every child is reminded to say 'please' and 'thank-you'. Keep up the great work seton!!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 81%
Hispanic 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Julieanne Gentz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (641) 682-6202

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$25000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Ottumwa Public Schools
Ottumwa Christian School
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117 E 4th St
Ottumwa, IA 52501
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Phone: (641) 682-8826

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