SETON EDUCATION PARTNERS is committed to reviving and expanding opportunities for disadvantaged children in America to receive an academically excellent and vibrantly Catholic education. Seton was born of the belief that a tremendous opportunity exists to revitalize urban Catholic schools in America and strengthen the education they provide. The challenges are significant, to be sure, but with an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, much can and should be done, not only to preserve this national treasure, but also to build on its foundation for the benefit of thousands of children in America’s poorest neighborhoods.
What Guides Us
Seton is motivated by the following conclusions:
- Catholic schools in America’s inner cities provide an invaluable service to our nation’s neediest children;
- The history, scale, and competitive force of urban Catholic schools are far too important—for disadvantaged families and for our free society—to let slip away; and
- A tremendous opportunity exists with both technology and public charter schooling to develop new, “break the mold” approaches to achieving the goals of urban Catholic education, making it a competitive, viable, and thriving option for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
Ultimately, Seton hopes to preserve, and expand, Catholic schooling’s rich tradition of discipline, character formation, and high academic achievement for all students, regardless of background.
Since our founding, four principles have guided all Seton activities:
- Results: All initiatives have a strong emphasis on student achievement, as well as on character development, with results that are far superior to most urban public schools.
- Sustainability: All initiatives must be on a steady course to financial sustainability via public funds, tuition, church contributions, and/or philanthropy.
- Catholicity: All initiatives must have as a core mission demonstrating and teaching the Catholic faith.
- Service to the Poor: All initiatives must be primarily focused on serving children who qualify for the federal free- and reduced-lunch program, a standard measure for students living in poverty.
Our Core Values
These six core values define and guide our organization:
- Catholic: We seek God in all things, are faithful to and celebrate the teachings of the Catholic Church, and strive to bring others closer to Jesus and His Church in everything we do.
- High Expectations: Because we believe in the inherent dignity and potential of every child, we have high expectations that all children can achieve academic and moral excellence regardless of background or socio-economic status.
- Integrity: We seek to grow in good character, align our beliefs with our actions, and show unquestioned integrity in all we do. When making any critical decision, the most important question we will ask is, “What is the right thing to do for children, their families, and our Church?”
- Constant Improvement: In our work as an organization and as individuals, we have a relentless drive for excellence. We regularly seek to find ways to be more effective and efficient, and are determined to be better today than yesterday.
- Results Matter: Intentions are important, but we will measure our success by the results we achieve. We will place a strong emphasis on results that can be objectively measured for children, their families, and our Church.
- Personal Responsibility: We define broadly what is within our control to solve individually and as a team, and persevere in the face of challenges. We take personal responsibility for finding solutions to the problems we are trying to solve and remain optimistic when faced with set-backs.