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Seton Home Study School offers both curriculum resources for Catholic families and online courses. Seton’s Home Study School is an accredited school offering diplomas to high school students. Seton Home Study School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. They are also internationally accredited by AdvancED (of which SACS is a member), and they are on the list of approved home study schools in Virginia. They are an approved Proprietary School with the Virginia Department of Education and have been accepted as a member of the Virginia Council of Private Education (for Private Schools).

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  1. Seton Home Study School Review by Jan
    Pros: Self-paced, good books/adapted tests (when possible), amazing counselor.
    Grades Used: 9-12 (some earlier grades to catch up)

    Used Seton’s special education for high school. The suggestions regarding the curriculum were dead on! We went back and plugged the holes in reading and that immediately reduced his frustration.

    The algebra books were so systematic that he couldn’t believe he’d made it through the course. It was wonderful that he could go at his own pace, AND I worked full time while home schooling him.

  2. Seton Home Study School Review by Julie
    Pros: flexible, progresses well, makes sense, great website for parents to upload work, mostly nice counselors
    Cons: math books need illustrations to go with what they are learning, one counselor was flipping out on me

    Grades Used: K, 1, 2, 3, 5

    We have used Seton for 3.5 years for 2 children.

    K (half the year)
    1st
    2nd
    3rd
    5th (half the year)
    Through the years all of the counselors at Seton have been wonderful, except the one I spoke with today. (We’ll get into that later.)

    The curriculum for math is very good, although I wish the books were more colorful. Each book only has one color, along with the black ink, such as orange, green or blue. However, the progress and steps involved in learning at each grade is very good for math. My K daughter loves her math book.

    All of the books are wonderful when it comes to the proper steps and progression of learning the actual subject matter. However, the artwork and images are more adult, than something most children would enjoy. I do wish there weren’t stained glass images on so many pages and adult looking artwork. That’s great for history or religion, but it doesn’t really fit with the math books. It’s nice, but children really would enjoy cartoon type characters or photographs and maybe images that didn’t look so… depressing or sad… Maybe images that have something to do with math, you know, what they are actually learning about. Even if they are amazing works of art, it doesn’t fit to put it into some of the books, such as math.

    So, this brings me to why we stopped using Seton. I do highly recommend it. I also highly recommend speaking to anyone from the Clark family. They have all been amazing.

    However, today I had a different experience with one of the counselors. (Not going to say her name.) I called because we needed to withdrawal in the middle of the year, after the 2nd quarter. My kids are not growing as much as I’d like with lack of activities that we can pay for right now, such as art, music lessons, physical education and other activities they would love to do. So, I decided we would continue to use the Seton books we bought, and sign up with a charter school and get the money we pay into the government for our own children. So far, I realized if they get $2,700 per year, our family has lost $16,200 ever since my oldest daughter was in the 1st grade! That is incredible! Why in the world should I continue to waste the tax dollars we are entitled to? So, I decided to switch to a charter school. Well, the counselor freaked out on me today and told me, “Do you realize that it’s socialism?” Oh, she also pointed out in a sarcastic tone that I lived in “California”, which was actually really mean. It’s not like the more conservative people here aren’t already drowning in disrespect. She was angry that I wanted to continue to use the Seton books, but turn in non-religious samples of my children’s every 20 days to the
    charter school, so we could get our tax dollars. This was unacceptable to her. She wasn’t listening to me. (I actually couldn’t even talk for a while because I started crying in response to her negativity.) On the other hand, another very nice counselor spoke to me last week and she was kind and offered to pray for our situation, since she thought it was also smart to use this money, while using the Seton books. It was like night and day. God bless the kind heart of the first lady I spoke with.

    Over all, I like Seton. Just be careful about who you are talking with over the phone, since that’s part of what you pay for. If they situation gets strange, just get off the phone.

    The only reason why we aren’t going to get the Seton report card anymore is because we need to register for a charter to get the funds, otherwise my kids will be bored in the house all day, at the park or at church… They kind of need music lessons, art and other things besides just what I can give them. I’ve tried for years, but I just can’t do it anymore.

    I do recommend Seton, just be careful about who you talk with.

  3. Seton Home Study School Review by JMEA Harris
    Pros: truly Catholic, through & through:) accredited!!
    Grades Used: K, 3-6

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Seton! It allows the majority of the pressure and planning to be taken off the parents. With assistance during working hours from certified counselors, and administration and staff that works for YOUR family. We’ll be enrolling for the 4th consecutive year 2011-12.

    Focus seems to be mainly on the 3 R’s. We supplement history & science during the year, and spelling and vocab during the summers.

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