Receive my instruction in preference to silver and knowledge rather than choice gold. For Wisdom is better than corals, and no choice possession can compare with her. – Proverbs 8:10-11

An Academic Commitment

The end of Catholic education is the Glory of God. Therefore, true Catholic education should be committed to academic excellence, leading each student to develop his intellectual abilities to the highest possible extent so that he can use them in the service of Christ and His Church.

Modern education in all subject matter areas and at all levels has been watered down on the premise that the child can’t learn “hard things”. But this lowering of standards betrays a lack of respect for the child, and such disrespect has no place in Catholic education.

Seton education challenges the child to do his best. Essay tests and term papers are the norm in the high school classes and the courses in the lower grades prepare the child for the high school curriculum.

The commitment to academic excellence is reflected in the Seton School curriculum. In the past, Catholic education on the secondary level was rarely co-educational and this traditional practice had many advantages. There are also advantages to co-education. At Seton, we believe we offer the best of both by sectioning some classes all boys or all girls.

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Seton School requires its students to complete a rigorous course of studies designed to prepare them to succeed in challenging college coursework. Included in this curriculum are several college-level courses that, while not official AP courses, consistently enable the students to take AP exams in the subject areas of Calculus, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, US Government, US History, and Physics. An average of 33% of the graduating seniors in the classes of 2014-2019 took one or more AP exams during their years at Seton School. 61% of students taking exams in 2015-2020 scored a 3 or higher. Seton has partnered with the Virginia Community College System and offers Dual Enrollment courses in the subject areas of Spanish, Statistics, and Engineering.

Academic Departments

All students, including non-Catholics, must take religion each year.

Junior High Curriculum

Scripture, doctrine, lives of the Saints, prayers and devotions, the Ten Commandments and Christian moral principles, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Senior High Curriculum

4 credits are required for graduation. All courses with an *asterisk are required.

*Religion 9 – Basic doctrine and apologetics.

*Religion 10 – Christian morality and scripture.

*Religion 11 – Sacred scripture.

*Religion 12 – Advanced doctrine and apologetics, bioethics, marriage and the family, spiritual life.

Faith and Finance – Practical life skills (New Evangelization, personal finance, job skills, the just society, personal spiritual life – Juniors and Seniors Only).

Theology of the Body & the Spiritual Life (Juniors and Seniors Only).

Junior High Curriculum

Separate classes in reading and grammar; composition skills, research, vocabulary, and spelling.

Senior High Curriculum

6 credits are required for graduation. All courses with an *asterisk are required.

*Grammar 9 – Grammar and vocabulary.

*English 9 – Introduction to literary analysis, composition, public speaking and vocabulary.

*English 10 – American Literature, composition, vocabulary, grammar.

*English 11 – World Literature, expository writing.

*Language and Logic – Vocabulary, grammar, SAT prep, logic.

*English 12 DE – British literature, research paper.

Speech – Public speaking and debate.

Writing for Publication – Journalism (production of school newspaper) & creative writing for school literary journal.

Junior High Curriculum

World Culture classes offered each year in a two-year cycle covering many major countries of the world includes history, geography, and culture. A separate Geography class is offered in 8th grade.

Senior High Curriculum

3 credits are required including either American Hist or American Govt for students through the Class of 2024 – 4 credits are required (including American History AND American Govt) beginning with the Class of 2025.

World History (Formally World History I & II) – Ancient, medieval, and modern history.

American History – History of the church in America.

History of the 20th Century Europe (Formally World History III) – 20th and 21th century history.

American Government – History, structure, and workings of our American democratic republic and the application of Catholic social teaching.

Economics – An introduction to the key concepts of micro and macro economics.

Junior High Curriculum

General math, pre-algebra, algebra I and II, geometry; offered according to student’s qualifications in ability-grouped classes.

Senior High Curriculum

3 credits are required for graduation. 4 or more credits are recommended. All courses with an *asterisk are required

*Algebra I

*Geometry and Trigonometry

*Algebra II or Algebra II Advanced

Pre-Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Calculus I & II

Statistics Dual Enrollment (MTH157) HS and college credit. Algebra II and Pre-Calculus are prerequisites; Calculus is strongly encouraged and can be taken concurrently.

Junior High Curriculum

Life Science with lab activities and science fair. Introduction to Physical Science.

Senior High Curriculum

3 credits are required . 4 or more credits are recommended. All students are required to participate in the Science Fair for graduation. (all are lab science classes)

Earth and Space Science

*Biology OR Advanced Biology – participation in the Science Fair included

Chemistry I & II


Introduction to Engineering Dual Enrollment (EGR210) HS and college credit. Physics and Chemistry prerequisites, plus Calculus (may be taken concurrently). Advanced physics, engineering software, robotics.

Advanced Lab Sciences – Seniors only. Prerequisites: Biology and one other high school science. Forensic science, genetics, anatomy & physiology, environmental sciences.

Information Technology – PC based instruction, introduction to computers, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), typing, cyber security, online safety.

3D Printing – 1/2 Semester course – Introductory course in 3-Dimensional printing.

Python – 1/2 Semester course – Computer programming course for logical thinking students.

Junior High Curriculum

Latin, German, and Spanish are available to qualified students.

Senior High Curriculum

Students must take 3 years of Latin OR 1 year of Latin and at least 2 consecutive years of the same modern language. 3-4 years of the same language is recommended. A 77%+ average is required in the previous level to proceed to the next level of a language. All courses with an *asterisk are required.

Latin: *I, II, III, IV

Spanish: I, II, III, Spanish 201 & 202 Dual Enrollment (SPA201 & 202) HS and college credit.

German: I, II, III, IV

French I, II, III, IV

Junior High Curriculum

Life Skills, Art, Band, and Chorus are available for Junior High students if their schedule permits.

Senior High Curriculum

Art I and Art Appreciation I and Art II

Band: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced – No prior musical experience required for beginning band. Beginning course includes basic skills necessary to read and perform band music. Some instruments may be available for loan by contacting Miss Erwin. In subsequent courses students will improve their skills within a concert band setting.

Chorus: I and II – Students will sing popular, traditional, and sacred music

Course Scheduling Forms for 2023-2024


Important Information About Course Scheduling

-An overall grade point average of 77% and 26 credits are required for graduation.

Prerequisites: Students may not sign up for courses for which they have not completed the required prerequisites. If a student intends to take the prerequisite before the fall term, i.e. during the summer months, the student will need to complete an outside course form including required signatures and the final transcript needs to be turned into the front office by August 4, 2023. See the Guidance page on the Seton website. Transcripts for the completed prerequisites must be presented to the registrar BEFORE students are scheduled for the next level.

Choice #s: Once a student has selected the classes he/she wants, the student must identify choice #s next to every class that is not a required class. PLEASE NOTE: there are 7 class periods in a day plus lunch; therefore, forms should have at least 10 selections made with choice #s identified (this includes 3 alternate choices). It is imperative that alternate choices are identified in the event that a student does not get their first choice or a conflict exists between two classes. Any additional info that helps identify what the student wants should be written on the course scheduling form.

Course Selection: Think and plan ahead to include courses needed for particular colleges or careers. It is recommended that students take AP exams and a challenging curriculum if they are planning to apply to competitive colleges and for academic scholarships. Most colleges like to see, and some require, 4 years of mathematics, social studies, foreign language and/or science.

Study halls do not enhance a student’s transcript and may not promote learning if the student is too distracted to accomplish much studying. Only one study hall per year is permitted.

GPA/Outside Courses: All grades for Seton high school courses, including high school courses taken in junior high, will be averaged into the student’s high school GPA and recorded on his/her transcript. Approved high school courses not taken at Seton will receive credit as soon as the final transcript has been submitted to our registrar. The grades for such courses will NOT be averaged into the student’s GPA; however, the course will be listed on the student’s transcript. If a student has taken or is taking a course(s) outside of Seton please note that on his/her form and submit the final transcript as soon as it is available.

-Seton offers summer school remedial courses for students who have failed a course (students need to have received at least a 55% or the course needs to be retaken) and/or would like to reinforce what was learned as well as improve their cumulative GPA. Both the summer remedial class and the original class taken will be displayed on the student’s transcript along with the grades received. The cumulative GPA includes the average of the grade received in the summer with the grade received at the end of the year (only 1 credit is given).

Auditing a course is available only to seniors with permission of the instructor. Requests to change from a credit course to audit status must be submitted by the end of the 1st quarter. Auditing requires students to participate in class and take notes. Class appears on transcript as Audited and no credit or grade is given.

Dual Enrollment Information – College Credit for Seton Courses

In cooperation with Northern Virginia Community College, eligible Seton students can receive both high school and college credit. For these Dual Enrollment (DE) courses, students will be registered at NVCC but are taught at Seton by our teachers. There is no additional tuition, but students might need to pay for college textbooks.  These courses are not necessarily more difficult than other Seton upper level courses.

To enroll, NVCC requires minimum SAT or PSAT test scores which many of our students meet or surpass.  Students who don’t meet those standards may qualify by taking an NVCC placement test. In many cases, a separate NVCC exam is also required. Most Seton students will not have the other prerequisites for the courses until their senior year, but some juniors will qualify.

Statistics DE (MTH 245, 3 college credits)

Seton’s Statistics DE is taught by Mrs. Vickie Zadnik. Algebra II and Pre-Calculus are prerequisites and Calculus is recommended and can be taken concurrently. Students will need to take an additional math exam to qualify for this class.

  • We are in a data driven world, the need for basic understanding of statistics reaches across all disciplines. Most all general education requirements require a math course.  This course would meet this requirement in most cases. For majors that require more advanced math in their gen-eds, they more often are requiring a 3000 level statistics course specific to that major.  This dual enrollment class would give them a good foundation to take that advanced course.
  • This is a college level course so students need to be prepared for the rigor and be willing to put the effort into it to be successful.
  • Students need to have taken pre-calc but should be encouraged to be also taking calculus while taking stats if they have not already had calculus.  Also students should have an A or B math average.
  • There is no tuition fee for this course but the materials fee is about $100 plus spending about $20 – $40 for a used textbook is highly encouraged.

Vickie Zadnik
[email protected]

Spanish DE 201/202 (SPAN 201/202, 6 college credits)

Spanish DE 201/202 is taught by Mrs. Ann Martella. Spanish III is a prerequisite. This course covers Spanish DE 201 first semester and then Spanish DE 202 second semester so it is more intense than Spanish DE 201. Candidates also must pass a written and oral Spanish test given by NVCC at Seton in the late spring.

Mrs. Ann Martella
[email protected]


Introduction to Engineering DE (EGR 120, 2 college credits)
Taught by Mark Hoffman, students learn software tools useful in engineering plus advanced physics principles. Robotics are included. Physics and Chemistry are prerequisites, as is Calculus, which may be taken concurrently. Students will need to take an additional math exam to qualify for this class.

Mr. Mark Hoffman
[email protected]


“I am so grateful that Statistics was offered my senior year …For my nursing major, the statistics credit transferred, which has opened an elective spot for me and made my schedule a lot more flexible …… I would highly recommend students to take it.”

Rita Rogers, Seton Class of 2019


“It has helped me a great deal at William & Mary! The credits transferred no problem, and I was able to take a different class that I much preferred because of it.  Additionally, I had to take a Research Methods class which was grounded in Statistics. All the material I learned in the Dual Enrollment Stats was very applicable and allowed me to succeed in the class. I was grateful to have been able to take it in high school, and I would highly recommend it to the juniors!”

Anna Kenna, Seton Class of 2018

“Personally, I thought there was a great deal of advantage in taking a college statistics course in high school.  As a biology major in college, I found the course very useful for all the material I would later learn … and honestly, every public opinion presents statistics nowadays.  I would definitely recommend it, even for those planning on liberal arts majors, and I definitely recommend the course for all those who are inclined toward a STEM pathway.”  

Brendan Rogers, Seton Class of 2017

“I would highly recommend those planning their schedule for next year to consider taking.. statistics … When I took my Research Methods class, which was a part of my Political Science requirements at Virginia Tech, I recognized a lot of the material because I had taken the statistics class. While it benefited me within my major, I would say regardless it is nice to go into college with some credit already completed. You save money in the long run and you’re not sacrificing quality of education. … the class is often accepted by universities to fulfill a math requirement. This could be especially nice for those who do not like math too much and want to get that requirement completed asap.”

Xavier Prevoznik, Seton Class of 2016

“Statistics was extremely helpful in studying for a business degree! … Overall, I would highly recommend that a student take the dual enrollment opportunity! I say just go for it! It’ll help in the long run!”

Andrew Quinan,  Seton Class of 2016

Graduation Requirements

Junior High Graduation Requirements

​If a new junior high student has a grade average below 68% at the end of the semester, or an old student has an average below 70%, a conference may be held with the parents to determine whether the student should continue at Seton. Any seventh grade student with a grade average of 77% or above at the end of the year is eligible for promotion to the eighth grade. If a seventh grade student has a grade average between 70%-77%, a conference may be held with the parents to determine whether the student should repeat the grade or make up classes in summer school. A seventh-grade student with an average of 69% or lower in required courses at the end of the academic year shall have the option to repeat the grade or will be asked not to return to Seton. For admission into Seton’s ninth grade, an eighth grade student must complete the eighth grade year with an overall grade average of 77% or above (before summer school), must not have received any suspensions during the eighth grade year, and must be recommended by the eighth grade faculty. Students who do not meet these requirements may be admitted into the ninth grade on probation or may be asked not to return to Seton. All failed junior high classes must be made up in summer school, unless an alternative is approved by the Director.


High School Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 26 academic credits in high school subjects is required for graduation. A student must achieve an overall grade average of 77% to graduate. In addition, all students must participate in one Science Fair and all seniors are required to participate in a pro-life speech competition. Seton requires a residency year, in which a minimum of five courses must be taken at Seton School itself. This would ordinarily be the senior year, but a student who attended full time during the junior year could consider that to be his residency year, and be eligible to attend part time in his senior year. A student must take Religion 11, Religion 12, Language and Logic 11, and English 12 on campus in order to receive a Seton diploma. A senior who fails one or both of the senior classes may retake them in home study, summer school or an equivalent college level course approved by the Director. If a senior is taking a home school course required for graduation, all of the work must be completed by April 15 of the senior year. If it is not, the student will not be allowed to receive a diploma earlier than June 15, regardless of when the work is actually completed. Students who have not met the graduation requirements may attend commencement exercises, and may receive a certificate of achievement, but not a diploma.

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