FAQ About Catholic Elementary Education 2018-10-03T20:41:22+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Seton Catholic Schools is a new, collaborative network of K-8 parish schools in Greater Milwaukee. We are coming together to strengthen academics, faith formation and lifelong outcomes for all students. As a collaborative network of schools, we are committed to learning from each other while embracing local school traditions and building upon the foundation of excellence in Catholic education. By 2020, Seton will include 24 schools serving over 8,000 students and be a national model for urban school renewal.

Seton Catholic Schools is reimagining Catholic education for the 21st Century.

Traditionally, Catholic schools were supported by a single parish—a model with significant limitations in today’s global society. We believe that operating as a school network allows our leaders to focus on high-caliber academic and faith formation programs, while sharing such support services as finance, human resources, and technology. This means school leaders are spending more of their limited time and resources in the classroom. This is especially important for the underserved communities our parish schools serve.

Seton Catholic Schools is an independent 501(c) 3 organization, governed by a Board of Directors. The Board develops strategy and sets direction and policy for Seton Catholic Schools. The Board also hires and oversees the President who is responsible for all operational aspects of Seton Catholic Schools, including academic and faith formation programs, school management, talent recruitment, development and school sustainability.

The Board is composed of the Archbishop of Milwaukee, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, two pastors and academic, business and community leaders. Click here for a listing of our Board of Directors.

There are currently 11 schools in the Seton network. By 2020, Seton will include 24 schools serving over 8,000 students across Milwaukee County. Click Here to view an interactive map of our schools.

While the needs of our communities have changed, our school model has remained largely the same. We must reimagine how we can better equip our schools to successfully prepare children of diverse backgrounds for the future.
Research from the University of Notre Dame has shown a strong correlation between thriving Catholic schools and the stability, safety, and growth of the communities they serve.

We have a unique opportunity to truly make a difference in our communities, especially those that are struggling. By strengthening Catholic schools, we increase our ability to create robust avenues for addressing social issues within the community: strengthening families; reducing violence, crime, and poverty; building community; combatting racism; and reducing destructive behaviors.

Faith formation is an integral part of forming future leaders and well-rounded individuals ready to take on this changing world. A strong faith formation program led with a pastoral presence in every school is vital to our ministry and our ability to create a transformational educational experience.
No. Parish schools have deep roots in their communities. Community identity, team names and culture will continue to be pillars of the schools. These traditions and qualities make each school special and unique. We encourage principals to build upon their current culture to create a welcoming and warm environment that is appropriate to their community.
The priest/parish leader role remains vital to the success of Seton Catholic Schools. Seton will take on the majority of the administrative functions, allowing for streamlined efficiencies and creating more opportunities for pastors and parish leaders to focus their time on the faith formation of their students. The priest/parish leader will work with the principal to develop a Parish-School Engagement Plan that defines the activities between parish and school, including weekly Mass, classroom teaching, and parent meetings. This plan will also define ways to make the school more visible to parishioners. We want our parishioners to be proud of their schools and embrace them as an important part of parish life.
Currently, the Seton initiative is intended for Milwaukee County schools that are participants in the Wisconsin and/or Milwaukee Parental Choice Programs. In 2014, Archbishop Jerome Listecki called a Synod to prioritize activities for the church for the next 10-15 years. One of the priorities that emerged was strengthening Catholic elementary education in Milwaukee County. However, this network has the ability to serve to as a model for suburban schools and schools nationwide.