Experiential Learning


From environmental research on our 15-acre campus to class projects to interactive field trips, learning is hands on at Mother Seton School. Experiential learning makes school exciting and builds critical thinking, communication and collaborative skills as students apply their knowledge and become agile problem solvers.


Preschoolers learn about fire prevention at the local firehouse, plant seeds for Earth Day and prepare a Teddy bear picnic. Kindergartners create their own buildings for Kindergarten Town and engage in many science activities throughout the year at the Renfrew Institute in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

Grades 1–2

Students raise chicks and butterflies, visit the Frederick Fair and Maryland Theatre, sing the National Anthem each year at a Frederick Keys baseball game, take care of the school’s registered Monarch Way Station garden, and dissect owl pellets with our middle school science class.

Grades 3–5

At the Renfrew Institute, science and social studies come to life as students explore ecosystems as well as the daily activities of early Pennsylvania German settlers. The annual STEM/Science Fair is also a highlight. In the classroom, students create maps and tourist brochures, research St. Mary’s City using the Thinkport website, and conduct electrical experiments.

Grades 6–8

Students participate in the annual STEM/Science Fair; conduct innovative science experiments in the lab and around the school, including rocket building and raising trout; visit museums; and produce projects and presentations on everything from Pope Francis to Hiroshima.

Schoolwide Programs

  • Young Authors Night
  • Visiting Author Program and Writing Workshop
  • Fine Arts Night
  • Jump Rope 4 Heart
  • Walk-a-Thon—benefits a different charity each year
  • Have-a-Heart Volleyball Game—eighth grade vs. teachers
  • Field Day
  • World Peace Day
  • Talent Show

Learn more about our academic subject areas and extracurricular opportunities.


Quality, Catholic Education for Pre-K Through Grade 8  |  Near Frederick, MD