Given the ‘connected’ world in which children live, arts education is more imperative than ever. Not only is Seton Catholic Prep adept at educating students in math and science, we are unequivocally equipped to prepare students in the fine arts. The result is a graduate who is ready to successfully navigate the complexity of life and human relationships.
— David Sorkin, Assistant Principal
At Seton Catholic Preparatory, our investment in a wide-ranging fine arts curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities underscores our commitment to providing a preeminent, well-rounded secondary education in the East Valley. Research supporting the significance of the arts in education continues to stack up; increased test scores and self-discipline are just two areas shown to be positively influenced by education in the arts.
Seton’s Department of Fine Arts provides classes in drama, choir, band, orchestra, dance, visual arts, computer graphics, film production and photography. Musical theatre and dramatic performances are held in the fall, winter and spring; six Fine Arts Nights are held throughout the school year to hone students' performance skills. Students also take part in band, choir and dance festivals, as well as community events including an annual Hip Hop Competition. Established in 2009, the Seton Fine Arts Association is a group of parents who support the Department of Fine Arts through volunteer hours, fundraising activities, and corporate or individual member sponsorships.
Seton's state-of-the-art Fine Arts and Academic Classrooms Building opened in the fall 2011 as the second building (following the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel) in the school’s “Building for Excellence” Capital Campaign. The Fine Arts building houses a 400-seat theatre, 14 multi-purpose classrooms, a music computer lab, a painting and drawing room, a ceramics room equipped with pottery wheels, a film production studio and a fully-equipped dance studio.
We invite you to explore Seton’s Fine Arts offering, sit back and enjoy a live production in our contemporary theatre, and see Seton students’ latest works of art that adorn the lobby of the Fine Arts building. Here, we are forever reminded of Shakespeare’s timeless words, “All the world’s a stage.”