Award Year: 2017

Seton Catholic Preparatory

1150 North Dobson Road
Chandler, AZ, 85224-4004

(480) 963-1900

Mrs. Patricia L. Collins, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. Victor Serna, Current Principal

Diocese of Phoenix

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The mission is to provide a college preparatory curriculum within a Catholic faith community focusing on academic excellence, leadership, and loving service to others.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 62%
  • Hispanic: 22%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 0%
Seton Catholic Preparatory: Academic Excellence. A World of Opportunity.

Seton Catholic Preparatory: Academic Excellence. A World of Opportunity.

Seton Catholic Preparatory is a diocesan high school serving the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Seton was founded in 1954 by Fr. Joseph Patterson to educate the Catholic and Hispanic communities in Chandler, Arizona. Today, Seton remains the only Catholic college preparatory high school in the East Valley. Dedicated to academic excellence, leadership, and loving service to others, Seton is open to students of all faiths, and welcomes young men and women from parochial, private, charter, public, and home schooling backgrounds.

Rigorous course loads, including Advanced Placement, Honors, and dual enrollment offerings with Seton Hill University, inspire Seton Catholic students toward deeper understanding. Pathway to Innovation, a unique Arizona high school engineering program, and Pathway to Success, a program to assist struggling students, present evolving curricula designed to support students' passions and interests.

A championship-winning Athletics program boasts a bevy of girls' and boys' sports, offering a supportive environment where students achieve as athletes and scholars. Seton's wide-ranging fine arts curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities underscore its commitment to providing a well-rounded secondary education. A new House System deepens the sense of community and provides abundant student leadership opportunities. A Christian service program ensures a Seton student graduates with over 100 hours of service to the community.

Many Seton graduates earn scholarships to attend an array of selective colleges and universities, including state, private, and Ivy League schools, and service academies. Seton graduates are grounded, optimistic, capable, and responsible young adults, echoed in the mantra, "Once a Sentinel, Always a Sentinel."