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Project Based Learning

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From environmental research on our 15-acre campus to class projects to interactive field trips, learning is hands on at Mother Seton School. Project Based Learning makes school exciting and builds critical thinking, communication, and collaborative skills as students apply their knowledge and become agile problem solvers.


Preschoolers learn about fire prevention from the local firehouse, plant seeds for Earth Day, and prepare a Teddy bear picnic. Monthly cooking activities and a visit to the Post Office enhance their experiential learning.

Kindergartners create their own buildings for Kindergarten Town and engage in many science activities throughout the year at the Renfrew Institute in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

Grades 1–2

Students raise butterflies, take care of the school’s registered Monarch Way Station garden, and visit the Frederick Fair, Maryland Theatre, Fireman's Museum, Rose Hill Manor, the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Good Soil Farm.

Grades 3–5

The annual STEM/Science Fair is also a highlight. In the classroom, students create maps and tourist brochures, research St. Mary’s City using the Thinkport website, and conduct electrical experiments.

Grades 6–8

Students participate in the annual STEM/Science Fair; conduct innovative science experiments in the lab and around the school, including rocket building and raising trout; visit museums; and produce projects and presentations on everything from Pope Francis to Hiroshima.

Schoolwide Programs Have Previously Included:

  • Young Authors Night
  • Visiting Author Program and Writing Workshop
  • Fine Arts Night
  • Kids Heart Challenge
  • Walk-a-Thon—benefits a different charity each year
  • Have-a-Heart Volleyball Game—eighth grade vs. teachers
  • Field Day
  • World Peace Day
  • Talent Show
  • Learn more about our academic subject areas.