Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
From an initial enrollment of 83 students in 1997, Seton has grown to a student body of more than 500 in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8 for the 2023-24 academic year. Seton serves students and families from 20 communities. This growth through the years 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. The Corridor for the Future project continued the vision and connected the campus. Construction began on June 1, 2020 for this exciting expansion with opening and blessing on August 15, 2021. Expansion of the outdoor classroom was completed for the 2023-24 school year.
Generally, classes at Seton range from 20 to 28 students. Kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth-grade classes have both a teacher and a teaching assistant. Our teacher-to-student ratio in most classes is approximately 1 to 12.
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 aftercare hours are available 6:45 to 7:50 a.m. and 3:15 to 6:00 p.m.
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.
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 and French), music/orchestra, art, technology; and library.
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.
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 Innovation and Instructional Technology Center (ITC) with state-of-the-art hardware and software is used for technology classes at all grade levels. Teachers also schedule the use of the lab for classroom projects during available times. Active Panels are in each classroom. The technology experience at Seton includes the use of Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, distributed audio systems, and 3D printers, Tower Garden, and STEM equipment. 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 Pre-K through 8. Technology is constantly evaluated to remain authentic and with a vision for the future.
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.
We work very hard to keep tuition as affordable as possible. Total operating cost to educate a student at Seton exceeds the tuition amount. Fundraising efforts, both school-sponsored and grant/donor solicited – including our Seton Annual Fund, “A Night To Remember” auction event, and Night at the Races, 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.] Tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $6,525 for the first child, $6,199 for the second child, $5,872 for the third child, $5,546 for the fourth child and over.
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 FACTS, the tuition aid service. 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.
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.
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).
Education of the whole person involves offering a wide range of activities. CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) sponsored sports such as soccer, football, cross country, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and cheerleading are available. Other activities include scouts for boys and girls, choir, skiing/snowboarding, tennis club, golf club, student council, student ministry, chess club, yearbook club, Power of the Pen, Spelling Bee, STEM Fair, Science Olympiad, Habits of the Heart youth philanthropy program, various grade level musicals and plays, and additional enrichment opportunities.
Our educational resources are supplemented through auxiliary services provided to Seton by resource teachers, advanced math teacher, speech pathologist, psychologist, guidance counselor, intervention specialist and full-time nurse.
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.
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 – Catholic and non-Catholic. We strive to be inclusive and to learn from each other’s diverse experiences.
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. A lifelong love of learning starts at Seton.