The mission of Mother Seton School, a vibrant, Christ-centered community, is to inspire students to strive for academic excellence and dedicate their lives to love and serve Christ in the tradition of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Vincent de Paul.
Today, Mother Seton School, located less than one mile from the site of Elizabeth's original school, is an important partner for many Maryland and Pennsylvania families as it continues the Seton Legacy of Catholic Education.
MSS boasts an affordable, high-quality Catholic education (preschool through eighth grade) focused on the whole child and welcoming families of many faiths. Our outstanding STEM-based curriculum (science, technology, engineering and math) helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, preparing them to meet the challenges of the 21st century, while our award-winning music and arts program stimulates creativity and self-expression. As a certified Maryland Green School, MSS operates an ecofriendly campus, which includes a Monarch Butterfly Way Station, nature trail, gardens and a solar energy station. Our 15-acre campus nestled in the Catoctin Valley encourages outdoor exploration and play, while our proximity to the National Shrine of our patron saint and foundress allows students to develop a strong sense of spirituality that is reflected in school liturgies, our Prayer Partner program and community service.
Mother Seton School offers a science lab, computer lab and integrated classroom technology, a middle school Spanish program and the Mother Seton Learning Center, which provides intervention and enrichment services when needed. Students may take part in a variety of extracurricular activities, including band and chorus, STEM clubs, a young writers group, Art Angels, Girl Scouts, Snow Sports Club, Spanish Club, Healthy Eating Club, Student Council and the Seton Chapter of the Vincentian Marian Youth, an international service organization.
Mother Seton School is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise Province. Provincial leaders provide direction in school governance and formation for mission, and appoint the principal and chairperson of the Board of Directors.
Two centuries ago, Elizabeth Ann Seton and a small band of Sisters moved into the Stone House in St. Joseph Valley, Emmitsburg, Maryland, to formally establish the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph's.
Seven months later, on Feb. 22, 1810, the Sisters welcomed three Emmitsburg girls to their newly built school, St. Joseph Free School for Girls.
The school quickly evolved into St. Joseph's Academy and Free School. Mother Seton accepted girls whose wealthy families wished their daughters to be educated in a strong Catholic environment.
Thus was planted the seed that has grown to maturity as the Seton Legacy of Catholic Education. Welcoming all students regardless of ability to pay became a distinctive characteristic of the Seton Legacy.
As a pioneer in Catholic education, St. Joseph's Academy and Free School continued to grow, becoming the cradle of Catholic education for the nation.
St. Elizabeth Ann's all-embracing love of God and neighbor continues to thrive within its walls, now a school for boys and girls in pre-K through eighth grade. Solid academics are complemented by solid values: daily prayer, religious instruction, liturgy, Christian formation of students, service learning and outreach are integral to the educational program at Mother Seton School.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph's welcomed three Emmitsburg girls to their newly built school, St. Joseph Free School for Girls in 1810.
As a pioneer in Catholic education, St. Joseph's Academy and Free School continued to grow, becoming a cradle of Catholic Education.
Mother Seton's heroic virtue and courage, along with the witness of Charity by her spiritual daughters in schools and social ministries led to her canonization in 1975 as our first native-born United States Saint.
Click here for a link to a short biography of Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Sponsorship and Governance
Mother Seton School is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise Province. Provincial leaders provide direction in school governance, formation for mission, and appoint the Principal and Chairperson of the Board. A member of the Provincial Council of the Province is an ex-officio member of the Board.