Overheard Through the Years

Overheard Through the Years

Our parents, partners and educators have had a lot to say about us since our founding. Here are twelve of our favorite quotes that showcase how we are committed to nurturing the whole child and supporting vibrant communities.

We who grew up in the Bronx were educated to survive. Brilla educates to thrive.

Parent at Brilla, The Bronx, NY

Before El Camino, my daughter was a C student. Now she’s an A and B student. When she was at El Camino, she learned how to deal with her anger. Her grades went up dramatically.

Ikema Lang, parent of an El Camino fourth grader, The Bronx, NY

I am so glad I chose this school to teach my son. He has learned so much over the past few months—more than any other school he has been to. This is the best school around; they care so much. The staff and teachers deserve so much more appreciation and gratitude. Best decision ever!

Parent at Romero Academy at Resurrection, Cincinnati, OH

The children in my class who attend El Camino are slower to judge others and are quicker to forgive.

Second-grade teacher, Brilla, The Bronx, NY

When you sign up with Seton, you get a partner. You get someone who’s going to walk with you and ensure you are as successful as you’ve ever dreamed of being.

Steve Janczewski, principal, St. Malachy Catholic School, Philadelphia, PA

I know and I can attest to you the effectiveness of Seton Education Partners. I see it in action in our own schools here in the Bronx—some of the toughest neighborhoods around. A creative, innovative organization continuing the Church’s great legacy of teaching. I love it!

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archdiocese of New York

Beyond Brilla’s outstanding academic results, what especially attracted Charter School Growth Fund to Brilla is its unique approach to educating the whole child. Many charter schools pay lip service to social-emotional learning and character education—Brilla weaves this work into all aspects of its school days, its staff hiring and training, and its work with parents.

Kathy Hamel, partner, Charter School Growth Fund

Our whole goal was to rethink Catholic education, and so we were interested in being innovative and creative. Seton has an established track record and good data to demonstrate effectiveness and growth. We were extremely excited to partner with them.

Dr. Kevin Baxter, former superintendent of Catholic schools, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Seton has a strong vision for what constitutes academic excellence. It’s backed up with good data from their national research as well as what they collect from their own schools. They see immediate returns with their students. And it’s helped me and the other dioceses in which they’re located create a concrete vision for the future—a future founded upon academic excellence and innovation.

Dr. Jim Rigg, former superintendent of Catholic schools, Archdiocese of Chicago

The William E. Simon Foundation has been proud to partner with Seton since its founding. Their business-like approach to operating both traditional Catholic schools and their charter network, ensuring that faith and character building are creatively integrated into their academically-focused classrooms, has benefited countless students. One of our best investments.

Peter Simon, co-chairman, William E. Simon Foundation

Seton’s pioneering school model serves the neediest among us, and at the same time solves the challenge of financial sustainability for whole-child education. Seton has been a high-impact investment.

Louis V. Gerstner Jr., retired chief executive officer and chairman of the board, IBM Corporation

Seton is bringing quality, character-building education to underserved communities. Seton is a beam of hope to many families who have had limited quality education opportunities.

Brendan J. Cassin, founder and chairman, Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation

The unique thing about Seton is not the number of schools they partner with, although that is important. What matters most is the ripple effect. By being so intentional about student outcomes, they have far-reaching influence.

Joseph Womac, executive director, Specialty Family Foundation