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Our Mission


Established in 1856, Seton Hall Preparatory School is a Catholic, college preparatory school called to educate young men of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. Firmly rooted in our Catholic identity and rich tradition, our mission is to foster the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth of our students. We do this in order to prepare them to meet the challenges of college and adulthood in a manner that embodies the values of spiritual awareness, academic excellence, personal maturity, and social responsibility with a particular emphasis on serving others.

—approved by the Board of Trustees, 2018


Seton Hall Preparatory School is a Catholic, private secondary school founded in 1856. In our service to young men of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, we understand as central to this mission the development of all aspects of the human person: spiritual, intellectual, social and physical. We are inspired by the understanding of the human person that is envisioned in our Catholic tradition. Even as we welcome and feel enriched by the presence of some students and faculty of other faith traditions, we promote those values rooted in the Catholic faith which define the tradition of Christian Humanism, the belief that human beings can truly do good and form a just society, aided by grace. In this process we seek to work hand in hand with the families of our students, who sacrifice so much for their sons.

In each area of student development, we strongly affirm the establishment of goals and standards. We approach this from two perspectives: the objective measurement of performance when appropriate and a more subjective evaluation, which takes into account such intangibles as effort, commitment, and creativity. We aspire to excellence on both levels.

We recognize that each individual will pursue excellence in terms of his own abilities and limitations; at the same time we also recognize that he has the primary responsibility for the development of his talents. We believe that the development of self-discipline is essential to this task and to the challenge of living the values that this community cherishes. We also recognize that self-discipline must be learned. Consequently, we believe that each student must be held accountable for his actions, and that any failure to live up to one’s responsibilities must entail consequences. This will prepare him for the realities of life and the challenges that he will face in the future.

We embrace this philosophy and seek to implement it as we attempt to realize our ultimate aim: the development of mature young men who can think clearly and make informed value judgments, who can articulate their own thoughts and accurately interpret the thoughts of others, who can act responsibly with consideration for others and take their place as active members of a pluralistic society. We propose, as an ideal, men who can realize our motto, "Hazard Zet Forward," by boldly witnessing their faith, their hope, and their love.

—approved by the Board of Trustees, 12/2/2010


As an academic community rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we have a shared commitment to provide the resources, environment, and programs to enable each of our students to graduate successfully from Seton Hall Prep.

By success we mean that the graduate of Seton Hall Preparatory School will be well prepared for college and the challenges of life beyond because he will have developed into a mature young man who, responding to his own vocation, embodies the values that this community cherishes.

    1. He is deeply rooted in a knowledge of and appreciation for the Roman Catholic tradition. He is able to articulate fundamentals of the Catholic faith, is familiar with the truths of Scripture and Tradition, and respects the sacramental aspects of life, prayer, and nature.
    2. He is formed by the key principles of the social teaching of the Church, including a commitment to the dignity of every human person with a special concern for the poor and marginalized in society.
    3. He appreciates the challenges of the democratic tradition and pursues the common good in his position as a citizen of his local community, the nation, and the world. 
    4. He works to achieve a more just society founded on the inherent and unconditional dignity of the human person. He recognizes his charge to promote mutual understanding and respect among all people.
    5. He values a diversity of philosophical, cultural, historical, aesthetic, and linguistic expressions, including those that differ from his own. He also values the insights of other faith communities, and seeks to promote harmony and mutual understanding.
    6. He is self motivated in the pursuit of knowledge and the love of truth. He exercises personal integrity with reference to his work and his dealings with others.
    7. He accepts responsibility for his decisions at the personal, familial, and larger social level.
    8. He can articulate his own thoughts clearly in both oral and written forms.
    9. He is a critical thinker, capable of analysis, synthesis, and problem solving, working either independently or as part of a team. He is comfortable using a variety of technologies to research, construct, and present his work.
    10. He develops all aspects of his person. He is confident and comfortable in social settings. He is committed to the ideal of a sound mind in a sound body, and makes life choices consistent with that ideal.


We, the members of the Seton Hall Preparatory School community, believe that:

      • There is an innate value to every person that deserves reverence and nurturing.
      • The innate value of every person does not depend upon political or religious beliefs, or any distinction based on ethnic, class, or national background.
      • The sacredness and dignity of every individual flow from creation by God and are fulfilled in salvation through Jesus Christ.
      • The goal of a quality, value-based education is to actualize each individual’s potential.
      • Spiritual formation and growth is essential to intellectual, personal, and social maturity.
      • Education depends on the active involvement of the student.
      • Healthy self-actualization involves growth in a community.
      • Service to others both within and outside the school community is an essential element of a value-based education.
      • Membership in a community involves the acceptance of responsibility for the effects of one’s choices on that entire community.
      • Successful education is greatly enhanced by a partnership between the school and the family.

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120 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052     |     Main Phone:  973.325.PREP [7737]

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Seton Hall Prep is accredited by both Middles States and the National Catholic Educational Association.

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