Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who are the principal and assistant principal of Seton Catholic Prep?
A. Mr. Victor Serna, Principal; Mr. David Sorkin, Assistant Principal
Q. What is the total current enrollment?
A. 580 students
Q. What is the student to teacher ratio?
Q. What is the tuition at Seton Catholic Prep?
A. The tuition rate for Seton Catholic Preparatory is $16,200 for the August 2018-May 2019 school year. Those families who are validated as active, participating Catholic families (as deemed by their pastor) will receive a discounted rate of $12,250. Please contact Bob Espositio at BEsposito@SetonCatholic.org or 480.963.1900, Ext. 2057 for more information. Books, uniforms and athletic fees are additional. Scholarships and financial assistance are also available. Click here for information on scholarships and financial assistance.
Q. Is there financial assistance?
A. Need-based financial assistance is offered through Catholic Education Arizona (CEA). Once a student is offered admission to Seton Catholic Prep, they may request financial assistance by completing the FAIR application. On average, more than half-million dollars are awarded to Seton Catholic Prep students per school year. Click here for information on scholarships and financial assistance.
Q. How old is Seton Catholic Prep?
A. Seton Catholic Preparatory was founded in Chandler, Arizona, in 1954 by Fr. Patterson of St. Mary’s Parish and the Sisters of Charity. 2014 marked our 60th anniversary. We remain the only Catholic high school serving the East Valley.
Q. What is Open House and when is it held?
A. Each year, Seton’s Open House provides students and their parents an opportunity to explore Seton Catholic Prep. Prospective families are invited to get to know our community, meet teachers and students, tour campus, observe academic demonstrations and visit multiple displays—all reflecting the spirit of Seton Catholic Prep. Open House takes place in November. So that you may receive information about all our upcoming events, please complete an online inquiry form by clicking on “Request Info” to the right.
Q. Does Seton Catholic Prep provide bus transportation?
A. Bus transportation is not provided by Seton Catholic Preparatory. Seton has a north entrance and south exit as well as designated student drop off areas for the convenience of parents. Student parking permits are available for purchase.
Q. Do students wear uniforms?
A. Seton Catholic Prep has an established uniform policy to maintain a proper academic environment and to support the dignity of each student.
Purchase uniforms at Educational Outfitters, the exclusive uniform provider of Seton Catholic Prep.
1628 E. Southern Avenue
or gently used uniforms are available at no cost by contacting Julie Grindey at JGrindey@SetonCatholic.org.
Q. What about your lunch program?
A. We provide a hot entree that may be purchased on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are also a variety of sandwiches, salads and snacks available for purchase. We use an automated payment system so parents can load a dollar amount into their students account which is tied to the student id card.Additionally, students can “brown bag” it to school. Fridays are half days and snacks are sold in the Quad by organizations like Chick-fil-A and Jamba Juice on a cash basis.
Q. How are textbooks purchased?
A. Each year, Seton families have four options to purchase textbooks:
- Seton’s Online Book Exchange available all summer.
- MBSDirect.net starting July 1.
- Any online vendor or bookstore starting July 1.
Seton’s Official Booklist for the school year, including new titles, is available on July 1 via MBSDirect.net, and summer school textbook information is available in May. More details come via summer emails, as well as on Seton’s website. At the end of each school year, in cooperation with MBS Direct, Seton offers a way for you to sell your textbooks back to MBS.
Q. How many clubs/organizations and sports does Seton Catholic Prep offer?
A. There are 40-plus extracurricular clubs/organizations and 16 sports.
Q. Does Seton have organizations for parents?
A. An actively involved parent is a true gift to Seton Catholic Prep. Parent/Guardian participation and involvement is one of the key elements in the success of Catholic schools. Many of the activities and events for students could not happen without our truly dedicated parent community. From the Seton Parents Association and the Sentinel Booster Club to Library services, events and technology committees, there is a place for every parent to become involved.
Q. How many alumni does Seton Catholic have?
A. Seton Catholic Prep has a vibrant alumni community around the world. Our quarterly magazine, the “Sentinel Shield” is mailed to 3,000-plus Seton Alumni Association members. Reunions and Seton Alumni Association events are held regularly.
Q. Do Seton students perform community service?
A. Community service is an essential component of an education in the charisms of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton who believed that an individual can strengthen their community through direct service to others. Seton Catholic Prep students participate in school-wide projects (such as holding food drives to benefit the St. Mary’s Food Bank) and extracurricular service (club activities such as blood drives, toy drives, tutoring and assisting at Paz de Cristo).
Q. Who do I contact with more questions or for an application to Seton Catholic Preparatory?
A. Contact Admissions at 480.963.1900, Ext. 2122. Or click here for our online application.