In response to the shuttering of 60+ Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York (primarily K-8 schools serving underserved children), Seton launched a secular charter school model of character education paired with optional, privately funded Catholic faith formation. This model ensures that thousands of children in underserved communities whose Catholic schools closed—as well as other local children—have access to an academically superior, character-building, and—for those who choose it—faith-nurturing education.
Currently comprised of the Brilla Schools Network and Brillante Academy, Seton hopes to further expand its initiative to ensure that thousands of children, especially those who cannot afford a Catholic school, have access to a holistic education that produces outstanding academic growth, strong moral character, and vibrant communities.
We see the Charter School Initiative as a national model for other cities that face the shuttering of Catholic schools, so they too can continue to serve the underserved.
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