Cornerstones of Our Schools
After successfully replicating our first charter school, Brilla, five times with plans for a sixth in Texas with Brillante Academy, Seton is committed to launching additional schools in New York City and elsewhere. Each of our new schools will be modeled on Brilla College Prep, a school inspired by the classical education tradition that aims to help students grow intellectually, socially, and physically into young men and women of good character and spirit; to be prepared for high school, college, and beyond; and to be lifelong seekers of truth, beauty, and goodness. These seven cornerstones upon which our Charter School Initiative was built will shape each new school:
- High Expectations. Because we believe in the inherent dignity and potential of every child, we have high expectations for our students’ academic achievement and conduct.
- Lead with Character. Good character makes for a meaningful life and produces lasting personal and social happiness. As a result, the development of the virtues of justice, wisdom, self-control, courage, and kindness in students is a central part of our educational mission.
- Results Matter. Seton schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures because we hold ourselves accountable for helping students develop personally and academically in ways that will enable them to succeed at the nation’s best high schools and colleges.
- Choice and Commitment. Students, their parents, and the faculty of a Seton school choose to participate in the program. No one is assigned or forced to attend a Seton school. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
- More Time. There are no shortcuts. Only with increased instructional time and more time “on task” will students acquire the academic knowledge, skills, and habits that will prepare them for success in college and in life.
- Teach the Best Content. All Seton students will learn math and science while also becoming familiar with the literary and philosophical classics of Western Civilization, because of the way the traditional liberal arts promote the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness, and because children need the world’s best content in order to become good citizens who are competitive globally.
- Culture of Joy. A culture of joy is intentionally infused throughout each of Seton’s schools. This joy is readily visible in teachers, other staff, students, and their families.
With these cornerstones, we aim to nurture well-rounded graduates:
- Dignified – Graduates celebrate the inherent dignity of self and others, constantly working to develop as persons of strong moral character (Spirit)
- Relational – Graduates are strong communicators and collaborators; they positively influence their family, school, and community (Social)
- Classical – Graduates love and appreciate great works, examine diverse and complex perspectives, and extol truth, beauty, and goodness (Classical)
- Expert – Graduates develop expertise in areas aligned to their gifts and talents through exposure to a broad range of knowledge (Intellectual)
- Integral – Graduates appreciate the arts, physical health, and other non-academic opportunities as critical to developing the whole person: mind, body, and soul (ALL)
- Purposeful – Graduates understand their individual gifts and are motivated to use these gifts to serve others