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A Rich History

Mission Statement
The mission of Mother Seton Catholic School, a vibrant, Christ-centered community, is to inspire students to strive for academic excellence and dedicate their lives to love and serve Christ in the tradition of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Vincent de Paul.

cherishing our past...
Two centuries ago, Elizabeth Ann Seton and a small band of Sisters moved into the Stone House in St. Joseph Valley, Emmitsburg to formally establish the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph's.

Seven months later, on February 22, 1810, the Sisters welcomed three Emmitsburg girls to their newly built school, St. Joseph Free School for Girls.

The school quickly evolved into St. Joseph's Academy and Free School. Mother Seton accepted girls whose wealthy families wished their daughters to be educated in a strong Catholic environment.

EASThus was planted the seed which has grown to maturity as the Seton Legacy of Catholic Education. Welcoming all students regardless of ability to pay became a distinctive characteristic of the Seton Legacy.

As a pioneer in Catholic education, St. Joseph's Academy and Free School continued to grow, becoming a cradle of Catholic Education.

Mother Seton's heroic virtue and courage, along with the witness of Charity by her spiritual daughters in schools and social ministries led to her canonization in 1975 as our first native-born United States Saint.

Click here for a link to a short biography of Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Rejoicing in Our present...
Today, Mother Seton School, is located less than one mile from the site of Elizabeth's original school, continues the Seton Legacy of Catholic Education. Mother Seton School, nestled on 14 ½ acres of campus, is home to a quality Catholic education (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 8) including a Middle School Spanish Language Program, Computer Lab, Music and Art Curriculum, community service, and a strong sense of spirituality reflected in our school liturgies and prayer partner activities. Students also enjoy new facilities such as a state-of-the-art Science Lab, multipurpose room, new Kindergarten classrooms and play area, and Pre-Kindergarten room.

St. Elizabeth Ann's all-embracing love of God and neighbor continues to thrive within its walls. Daily prayer, religious instruction, liturgy, Christian formation of students, service learning, and outreach are integral to the educational program.

The school places quality at the center of its instructional program with outstanding outcomes on standardized testing.
Spring 2011 data:
• 95.8% scored at or above their aptitude level
• 86% scored above the national average
• 36% Middle School students scored in the 95th percentile in Reading and/or Math

The school community is committed to creating a sustainable environment on these hallowed grounds and was designated a Maryland Green School in 2009.

Sponsorship and Governance
Mother Seton School is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise Province. Provincial leaders provide direction in school governance, formation for mission, and appoint the Principal and Chairperson of the Board. A member of the Provincial Council of the Province is an ex-officio member of the Board.