Mission & Philosophy
St. Elizabeth Seton School, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, is a nurturing community in the Vincentian tradition. We provide holistic learning and a challenging curriculum to children of low-income families. Rooted in our expectation that our students can succeed, we foster a passion for academic excellence. We strive to awaken compassion, service, and respect for self and others in our students. In partnership with our school families, we empower them to become responsible contributing members of our church and society.
Inspired by the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise De Marillac, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, we are committed to modeling their lives in service to the poor. As a Vincentian Catholic School, we are committed to the education of students from the low-income populations of East Palo Alto and the surrounding communities.
Schoolwide Learning Expectations
A Graduate of St. Elizabeth Seton School is
An Active Catholic who
- Models Christ-centered values
- Demonstrates honesty, kindness, respect, and compassion
- Participates regularly in prayer, sacraments and worship
A Lifelong Learner who
- Listens intently, communicates effectively, reads carefully, and follows directions
- Demonstrates prides in successfully completing all assignments
- Is well prepared academically to succeed in higher education
A Self Confident Individual who
- Makes responsible choices
- Exhibits leadership as an independent thinker
- Practices and promotes good sportsmanship
A Community Contributor who
- Serves others and contributes to society
- Values peace, and responds positively to problems of oppression and injustice
- Is a good steward of God’s creation
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Daughters of Charity
In 1633 Vincent de Paul, a humble French priest, and Louise de Marillac, a widow, established the Company of the Daughters of Charity as a group of women dedicated to serving the “poorest of the poor.” Prayer and community life were essential elements of their vocation of service.
Almost two centuries later, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the American foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, adapted the rule of the French Daughters of Charity for her Emmitsburg, Maryland community. In 1850, the Emmitsburg community united with the international community based in Paris.
Today, the Daughters of Charity are an international community of over 19,000 Catholic women ministering all over the world. The Daughters of Charity still serve the “poorest of the poor.” Their ministry touches those in need through education, health care, social and pastoral services.