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St Elizabeth Seton School

Private | K-8 | 120 students

Each child is encouraged to develop his own gifts to his/her fullest potential.


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Posted October 11, 2014

Wish we were aware of this school years ago. What an amazing community of educators that care deeply about their students personally and educationally. The expectations of the students are great but it is enveloped with care, love and concern. They demand success in each and every student and in turn the students respect their teachers, themselves and their peers as they achieve their personal successes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2013

We are a new St. Elizabeth family..having only enrolled our two oldest children this past September. They are in their middle school years, however I can say with all honesty I wish we had discovered this school sooner! You will not find a more pleasant, safe, and morally sound school environment around. The smaller class sizes means every teacher, the principal and office staff not only know your child on a first name basis, but care deeply for their well being; educationally, emotionally and socially. My daughter's know it's a priveledge to go to St. Elizabeth's and as family we sacrifice and make the commitment together....which makes them more accountable and responsible for their studies. As a Roman Catholic school, their days are also filled with Christ centered teachings and an emphasis on servitude...making their formation about the student as a whole. It is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2013

Very disappointed in this school. The school does not embrace technology. In today s day and age, this is something that the school should embrace. The school is very out dated. There is very little classroom discipline. Kids are often out of their seats and roaming around the classroom. Very little access to teachers as they are out the door the second the bell rings. It often takes 2-3 days for the teacher to respond to issues big and small. There is very little sense of community. We as a family were very involved in the classroom and school. The principle is very set in ways and not open to new suggestions. As a family we were very disappointed in our experience at this school. Our goal was to provide our children with a Catholic Education., however this school is lacking in many ways and it is very sad to see.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 21, 2011

An absolutely fabulous school! I cant say enough about the amazing teachers and principle. The time and support they have provided my children over the past two years is not something a public school can match. I am thankful for the quiet, peaceful learning environment St Elizabeth provides my children with on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2011

Small student to teacher ratio. Teachers get to know the students and provide personal attention. My children are being challenged, which was an issue in the public school. Love it here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

Most imporessed with the 'community' feel of the school. Everyone works together for the common cause, education of Catholic Youth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2009

I've been going to this school years i love the classes and what i learn, i love the activities they allow us to do theyre is so much to say it would take up pages.This school is cool
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 20, 2008

My son just finished Kindergarten at SES. We are so pleased with the education and fundamentals he has learned in just one year. The teachers are so caring and want so much for the children to succeed. When choosing a school, consider a school that teaches children not only about english and math, but about how to respect and love eachother. The world will be a much better place if our children get the kind of start that SES has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 25, 2007

We chose SES for our two boys, not only for the superior academics, devoted teachers and faith developement, but also the feeling of student camraderie SES promote. Whether its with academics or athletics, I always see the older, smarter or more experienced kids supporting and helping the younger, newer ones. A rarity in educational institutions today!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 8, 2007

I send my two children to St. Elizabeth and I am very pleased. When I first went to visit the school, I was amazed at how quiet the overall atmosphere was in the hallways, and walking into some of the classrooms, the students and teachers were engaged in their work. The academic expectations and structure in the classrooms are definately important to me, but it's the overall feeling of caring between the teachers and students that really make me feel like my children are in the most productive environment they can be in. They offer before and after school care which is so convenient to my schedule. I know that I truly appreciate all this school has had to offer my children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 20, 2006

I just enrolled my third child in St. Elizabeth Seton School. The outstanding principal and teachers make this school worth every penny. The student population is small, but excels in the community in academics, community competitions such as the Christmas parade float and other contests and sports. I am thrilled with the superior education that integrates the traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. I feel my children are in a very safe environment that develops the whole person. I can't recommend it enough.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 8, 2005

Our child attended the kindergarten program. We were HIGHLY disappointment in the program and the teacher. We found that they devoted more time in crafts than reading and other areas of education. We also found the teacher to be very unapproachable and unfriendly.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2004

I love this school! My kids enjoy it a lot. There are arguably the best teachers in the state there: Mrs. Sellinger and Mr. Wendell. Also the basketball teams have won the championship for the past 10 years!
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Posted September 22, 2004

This is an excellent school, where all the teachers get to know your child on a first name basis. We have been very happy sending our 2 children there.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 89%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Suzanne Boutin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman Catholic
  • NCEA


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
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
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • Parents
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.


Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Girl scouts
  • Student council/government
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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$2000 - $5000
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Spaulding High School
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Rochester, NH 03867
Phone: (603) 332-4803


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