About St. Elizabeth Seton School

A Message from our Principal:


Hello and welcome to St. Elizabeth Seton School. St. Elizabeth Seton is a Pre-K through Grade 8 elementary school that serves children in the greater Rochester area, as well as many surrounding communities. Our school is a Christ-centered community, offering each student a unique blend of spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth. We are proud to announce that we are now accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Our school offers a Full and Half day Kindergarten program, which is based on the Developmental Philosophy that looks at the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual components of each individual child. Grades 1-5 are self-contained classrooms; Grades 6-8 are departmentalized. Our small class size (averages = 14 students) helps to ensure individualized student attention. Our curriculum for all grades includes the basic courses of Language Arts (including Phonics, Spelling, Reading and Literature), Math, Science, Social Studies, Religion, Physical Education, Health and an integrated Study Skills Program. In Grades 6-8, students also participate in French and Computer classes.


I am proud to be part of such a wonderful educational institution that is based upon the teachings of our Catholic Faith. These past thirteen years as Principal of St. Elizabeth Seton School have been truly wonderful and I look forward to the years ahead as we continue to educate and serve the children we love so much.


Peacefully Yours,
Ms. Boutin

Catholic School Effectiveness

A 2009 comparison between public and Catholic school SAT scores show that Catholic school students outscored their public school counterparts by an average of 23 points. 


The results of the  National Assessment of Educational Progress Tests show that students in Catholic schools, who make up over 60% of the students in independent schools, outperform students in government-controlled schools in ALL areas: every subject, at every grade level and in every test-year.

Our History

The history of our school, which extends over the past one hundred plus years, has been enriched throughout the years by the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of Our Lady of Lourdes , the Sisters of the Holy Cross and presently the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love. We have been truly blessed with the dedication of the Sisters and are proud to have Sister Mary Rose Reddy on staff this year.  She, along with out other dedicated lay Staff members, strive to bring the teachings of Christ to our students in the classroom and in their everyday lives.

Who is St. Elizabeth Seton?

Her life

+ Born into a wealthy Episcopalian family in New York, Elizabeth received the best education available to a young woman of her day.

+ At the age of nineteen, she married William Seton and the couple had five children. Following the loss of their fortune and the death of her husband, Elizabeth was received into the Catholic Church in 1803.

+ Having been abandoned by family and friends because of her conversion, a priest in Baltimore invited her to establish a school for girls in that city. The school was officially opened in 1808 and immediately flourished.

+ Gathering together a group of like-minded women, Elizabeth and her companions made religious vows in 1809. The community eventually moved to Emmitsburg, Maryland, and, in time, they became known as the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph.

+ Mother Seton wrote and translated textbooks and composed numerous hymns and spiritual tracts for the community. She and her sisters are regarded as the founders of the American parochial school system.

+ Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton died of tuberculosis in 1821 and was canonized in 1975, becoming the first person born in the United States to be honored as a saint.

Worth knowing

In 1850, Mother’s Seton’s sisters in Emmitsburg adopted the rule and habit of the French Daughters of Charity, establishing a connection to that community that continues to this day.


For reflection:

“What is the first rule of our dear Savior’s life? You know it was to do his Father’s will. Well, then, the first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will.”—Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


O God, who crowned with the gift of true faith

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s burning zeal to find you,

grant by her intercession and example

that we may always seek you with diligent love

and find you in daily service with sincere faith.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Prayer from The Roman Missal)

~Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.