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Is a Seton Diploma an Indicator of Success in College?


College success of Seton students is well documented. Seton grads have top-level research and writing skills and the work habits of college upperclassmen.

Is a Seton diploma an indicator of success in college?

Colleges expect their students to be able to work on their own.

College professors expect students to spend a minimum of two hours working independently for every hour spent in classes. For these two or more hours outside of class, the student is working on his own, often in the college library. Seton students develop the skills and habits of working on their own.

Colleges also expect students to have excellent research and writing abilities. Unlike most freshmen, Seton students enter college with the skills and work habits of college upperclassmen.

The Seton High School curriculum builds top level research and writing skills. The Seton English program helps students develop the type of analytical and critical thinking skills that colleges cherish.

The college success of Seton students is well documented. The average SAT and ACT scores for Seton students far exceed those of most public and Catholic schools. Many Seton graduates receive college scholarships. Seton graduates are sought after by all of the Seton partner colleges, such as Christendom College in Virginia, Thomas Aquinas College in California, and Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

Seton graduates have been accepted to top level universities and colleges like M.I.T., and the Ivy League colleges, and many, many others around the nation. Many Seton graduates have been accepted into the National Military and Service academies. Seton graduate, Jonathan Bate, graduated from West Point as the Honor Graduate, which is first in his class. Yes, Seton graduates succeed well in college.

Should I be concerned that it takes our high school daughter so long to finish assignments? My husband sees her as “falling behind.”

A huge advantage of home schooling is that students can proceed at the best rate to learn each subject, according to his or her ability, subject by subject.

However, you are not alone in your concern. We receive calls from moms rather frequently about husbands who cannot understand why their son or daughter is taking so long to finish the assignments. Some parents are concerned their child will be older than the other students going to college. They wonder if their son or daughter has a learning disability.

Not all children, nor all adults, learn at the same rate. In fact, most of us like some areas of study, such as science and math, more than other areas of study, such as English or Latin.

My teenage daughter struggles with pronunciation and with reading. What advice can you share with us?

It is important to find out why your daughter is having reading or pronunciation problems. It could be something as simple as not hearing sounds correctly. You should take her to an ear doctor and have her hearing checked.

There could be some other kind of problem related to the learning process. Please do look at the videos Seton has produced with Dr. Catherine Moran. You’ll find them on your MySeton page. Dr. Moran identifies symptoms which could indicate reasons for various learning problems. In addition, Dr. Moran explains different learning styles that can help children with learning problems.

Seton also provides expert help and even adjusted lessons for students who have been identified with learning problems. Stephen Costanzo, Director of our Special Services Department, has a teaching degree as well as classroom teaching experience with children who have learning problems.

The Special Services Department provides curricula for students with a wide range of disabilities including dyslexia, pervasive developmental disorder, Down Syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Disorder.

For more information, go to Special Learning Needs on the Seton website. You can learn about Stephen and his staff who are dedicated to help you find the level of courses that would be appropriate for your child.

Does Seton’s accreditation help home schooling families?

There is no question that Seton’s accreditation provides an additional layer of protection for families enrolled in our program. The process of Accreditation, or evaluation of our program, is done by professional educators who are usually representatives from other accredited, sometimes Catholic, private schools.

Accreditation is a way for the rest of the world to know that Seton adheres to the highest professional standards and offers an education equal to other prestigious schools. Seton’s accreditation enhances the value of a Seton diploma and transcripts.

About Dr. Mary Kay Clark

Director of Seton for more than 25 years. Dr. Clark left Mater Dei Academy and began teaching her children at home at seeing firsthand the opportunities and the pitfalls of private schooling. Meet Dr. Clark | See her book
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