A Dream Achieved
A dream put into action by a small group of parents is how the Seton story began. In 1994, a group of parents near Hudson, Ohio, discussed the limited options for Catholic elementary education in their community. Unwilling to accept that their children could not be educated in the Catholic school system due to full enrollments and long waiting lists at neighboring communities' Catholic schools , they formed an exploratory committee to determine need and support for a new Catholic school in Hudson.
They began by approaching their home parish, St. Mary's in Hudson. In June 1995, the pastor allowed this core group to poll the parishioners to determine a level of interest in developing a parish elementary school. Informational meetings followed, and it was determined that there was a tremendous amount of support and enthusiasm for a school. However, when the proposal went to to the Parish Finance Council, they were unable to give any financial backing due to a recent completion of a new worship space and planned renovation to the parish hall.
Not easily discouraged, this group of parents approached the Diocese of Cleveland and sought Bishop Pilla's approval to found a Catholic elementary school independent of any parish. Bishop Pilla supported this idea, and the parents began a two-year journey of faith toward opening an independent Catholic school.
On opening day in 1997, 83 students in Kindergarten through grade six entered a 26,468 square foot building consisting of seven classrooms and ten teachers. Today, the 9-acre campus adjoining Hudson Springs Park comprises a 46,854 square foot building with 23 classrooms, 47 faculty/staff, 436 students in Kindergarten through grade eight; The Burton D. Morgan Science Lab complete with a 25-laptop mobile wireless computer station, and cordless microscopes; interactive whiteboards; library; computer lab; scholarship and award-winning student body; and a trophy-telling CYO sports program. Piano, strings, music, orchestra, choir, art, Spanish, physical education, student council, and student ministry are offered within a strong faith-based academic curriculum. Standardized test scores are excellent and graduates have been accepted to and are attending exceptional high schools and colleges.
"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