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Mother Seton School

Private | PK-8 | 300 students

Our school is best known for being directly descended from the first Catholic el

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $155,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,230.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
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2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
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Posted January 21, 2014

I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this school is. My parents sent me here for K-8 and I absolutely loved it. The teachers and principal care about the students and if they are on track with their learning. The Catholic education is an excellent part of the curriculum. Mother Seton is a wonderful place for a child to grow and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

Mother Seton Catholic School has it all--S.T.E.M., arts and music, prayer, community service, extracurricular clubs...the list goes on and on. My three children each have different interests, and there is something for each of them here. The teachers and staff are friendly, approachable, and love the students--you can just tell! There is a spirit here I didn't feel in the other schools we looked at. It's more like a family here than just "school". I'm already feeling anxious about my oldest graduating because I don' t know if we'll find a high school with as much character, one that will make her feel like she belongs the way MSS does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Warm and inviting. Academically and spiritually focused on the whole child. The teachers are magnificent and provide extensive one-on-one attention to the students. My three children transferred here from another Catholic school in the area and have absolutely thrived here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

Mother Seton provides a loving environment with lots of family support. The teachers really view their jobs as a vocation and it shows in all that they do. They are enthusiastic and their passion for learning and their commitment to their faith is obvious in all they do. I cannot say enough good things about how dedicated the principal and all of the staff are to the mission of the school. My children absolutely love this school. All of the parents are friendly and it really is like one, big family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

Some teachers use their power to intimidate students. Feedback from parents are not really welcome.


Posted July 21, 2013

Communication is lacking from some of the upper grade teachers. Science teacher is amazing. Principal ignores parent concerns.


Posted October 5, 2009

MSS is a great school! It is very child oriented with lots of focus on families. The expection is of good behavior, academic achievement, all within a loving, supportive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The academic program is great, the kids are so nice and well-behaved, the parents chip in with extra projects to support the school, they have various green facilities to teach conservation and environmental stewardship, the principal is a doll, and they're all-around active in the community. They'd always get my vote!


Posted August 5, 2005

Mother Seton School is right on the mark when it comes to providing a positive learning environment for children. There's discipline in this school, yet love abounds. This is the way a school should be run. They care about the students and it shows. The good attitude starts at the top at Mother Seton School with Sister Mary Catherine, the principal - and it trickles all the way down to the students, who seem happy to be there. My two sons love the school - and we're very pleased as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

As a first time mother of a Kindergartener, Mother Seton has made this very scary experience a pleasurable one for me! I drive a hour each way for my child to attend this school. He has had a fantastic year and is learning an overwhelming amount of information. I am very happy!!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 1% 35%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • STEM
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
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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100 Creamery Court
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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Phone: (301) 447-3161

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