Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seton's history?
Seton Catholic School was founded by a group of parents from Hudson, Ohio, who sought a faith-based elementary school education for their children. Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Anthony Pilla supported this idea, and the parents began a two-year journey of faith toward opening an independent Catholic school. Formation of a nonprofit corporation and a board of directors to govern the school was inaugurated.  On November 1, 1996, Bishop Pilla (ret.) issued a decree stating that Seton Catholic School was officially established according to Canon Law.  The school opened its doors on August 25, 1997, as one of the first and only independent Catholic schools and serves as a model for the new Catholic school. Read more about "The Seton Story".

What is the school’s mission?
Inspired by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and rooted in our Catholic faith, Seton Catholic School fosters spiritual development, academic excellence, responsibility to self, and service to others.  Learn about our philosophy.

Why the recent and current expansion?
From an initial enrollment of 83 students in 1997, Seton has grown to a student body of more than 425 in grades Kindergarten through 8 for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Seton serves students and families from 20  communities.  This growth necessitated an enhancement of the facility to include twelve new classrooms, a science lab, administrative offices, and renovations to the Chapel, original building, and campus.  Groundbreaking for The Family Center at Seton Catholic School (August 4, 2013) initiated the addition of a new Gymnasium and Performance Arts Center. 

What is a typical class size?
Generally, classes at Seton range from 20 to 29 students.  Kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grade classes have both a teacher and a teaching assistant.  Our teacher-to-student ratio in these classes is approximately 1 to 12.

What are the school hours?
The school day begins at 8:20 A.M. and ends at 3:15 P.M. for all students - one campus with one schedule.  The Crusader Care Extended Day Program before and after care hours are available 6:45 to 7:50 A.M. and 3:15 to 6:00 P.M.

Do you have openings available for new students?
In most grades, yes.  Typically, as families move out of the area there are openings.  Our first priority is to serve the legacy students of families who are currently enrolled.  Additional spaces are available from there.  We do accept students during the school year on a case-by-case basis.
More details on admission.

What is the school’s curriculum?
The curriculum is based on the curriculum of the Diocese of Cleveland.  The Diocesan curriculum is approved by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association and by the Ohio Department of Education.  Seton’s curriculum includes religion, reading, language arts, phonics (K-3), spelling, handwriting, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, foreign language (Spanish), music/orchestra, art, technology; and library.  More about the curriculum.

How is the quality of academics?
Seton offers an outstanding education.  Enrichment and individual attention in the classroom is provided by an excellent professional dedicated teaching staff.  Standardized test scores are superior and compare favorably to other schools locally and nationally.  Focus is on continuous improvement and individual student growth.  Our graduates are accepted to and attend highly respected public and private high schools in the area.  Parents and alumni validate that Seton graduates are well prepared to continue their education in challenging academic environments at the collegiate level.

How is technology integrated at Seton?
Seton Catholic School is a wireless campus.  Given the importance of technology to life skills today and in the future, technology is an integral part of the educational experience at Seton.  An outstanding computer lab with state-of-the-art hardware and software is used for technology classes at all grade levels.  Teachers also schedule use of the lab for classroom projects during available times.  ActivBoards and SMART Boards are in each classroom.  The technology experience at Seton includes the use of chromebooks, laptops, tablets, distributed audio systems, and interactive whiteboards.  Incorporated in the Middle School (grades 6, 7, and 8) is the 1 to Infinity Initiative with each student assigned their own Chromebook.  Chromebooks are used in Grades 2 through 8 and tablets are in the Kindergarten and Grade 1 classrooms.  Technology is constantly evaluated to remain authentic and with a vision to the future. 
Find out more about technology at Seton.

Is there a hot lunch program?
Yes.  Seton is a satellite location of the Hudson City Schools Food Service lunch program.  A hot meal and bag/express meal are offered daily.  Milk also is available. View the lunch menu.

What is the cost of tuition?
We work very hard to keep tuition as affordable as possible. View tuition information here. Total operating cost to educate a student at Seton exceeds the tuition amount. Fundraising efforts, both school-sponsored and grant/donor solicited - including our Annual Fund, “A Night To Remember” auction event, and Golf Outing, are important elements that offset the true cost of education.  Seton is an independent, self-sustaining Catholic school that does not receive direct financial support from any parish or religious order.  [Tuition is set in mid-January for the following year.]   More about tuition and financial aid.

Is financial aid available?
Yes.  Seton provides a completely confidential tuition assistance process.  The school offers a Tuition Assistance Progam, whereby a financial form is submitted by the applying family to Smart Aid, the tuition aid service.  Click here for more information about Smart Aid.  The generosity of contributions to Seton from the Caniglia, Curtin, Scott, and Sorgi families through the Arthur and Jane Caniglia Scholarship, Teresa Scott Devine Memorial Scholarship, Marilyn McSherry Curtin Scholarship Endowment, The Lucy Sorgi Financial Aid Endowment, and the Sister Marie Damicone Scholarship Fund help to provide need-based funds.  In addition, a family may reduce its tuition costs through use of the Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP).

Is bus transportation available?
Bus transportation is available for students who live in Aurora, Hudson, Stow-Munroe Falls, Streetsboro, Twinsburg, and Woodridge.  Additional information on transportation is provided through the school’s main office.

Is there a before/after school care program?
The Crusader Care Extended Day Program is available each day in the morning from 6:45 to 7:50 A.M. and in the afternoon 3:15 to 6:00 P.M.  Students are well-supervised, and the time is structured to allow for homework, a nutritious snack, and recreation (outdoors as weather permits).

What extra-curricular activities are offered?
Education of the whole person involves offering a wide range of activities. CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) sponsored sports such as soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, track and field, baseball, and cheerleading are available. Other activities include piano lessons, scouts for boys and girls, choir, skiing/snowboarding, tennis club, student council, student ministry, student newspaper, chess club, yearbook club, Power of the Pen, National Geographic Bee, STEM Fair, Science Olympiad, Habits of the Heart youth philanthropy program, various grade level musicals and plays, and additional enrichment opportunities. 

What about auxiliary services?
Our educational resources are supplemented through auxiliary services provided to Seton by a remedial tutor, speech pathologist, psychologist, nurse and nurse aide (full-time).

What is the admissions policy?
Admission to Seton is based on eligibility, interview with the principal, previous diagnostic test scores, school transcripts for grades 1 through 8, kindergarten screening, and the school’s ability to provide for the continued moral, educational, and social growth of the student. More admissions information.

Must a family be Catholic for a child to attend Seton?
Seton Catholic School of Hudson recruits and admits students of any race, color, gender, or ethnic origin to all its rights, privileges, programs and activities.  In addition, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational programs, scholarships, fee waivers, and athletics/extracurricular activities. Seton welcomes applications from families of all backgrounds. We strive to be inclusive and to learn from each other’s diverse experiences.  However, in grades where openings are limited, we do give priority to Catholic families.

Why choose Seton Catholic School?
Located in historic Hudson, Ohio adjoining Hudson Springs Park, the campus setting offers a safe and inviting educational environment along with a rich faith-based and strong academic program. Seton embodies a dedicated, talented, passionate community of administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students.  They exemplify Spirit, Compassion, and Scholarship - the very core of an educational experience at Seton Catholic School, an excellent school in a community known for excellence in education.  Seton offers a 21st century Catholic education designed to complement the values and ideals of the Christian family.

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"What is it that makes Seton so great? Is it the ease and warmth in the way administration, faculty and staff greet the parents anytime of the day? The ability of faculty or administration to discipline effectively and move on with the student's integrity intact? The exchange of a greeting from a student to a parent in the hallway? Or that there is genuine laughter, happiness and pre-teen giddiness coming from the middle school hallway? It is all of these things and much more!" - Seton Parent