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Rigorous Academics. Challenging Minds.

Join us at Seton Hall Prep, New Jersey’s oldest Catholic college preparatory school!  We strive to ensure our students learn to think critically, communicate effectively, appreciate diversity, as well as grow and develop... becoming whole men lead in the services of others.

Academics at Seton Hall

Seton Hall Prep has, since its foundation in 1856, provided young men with a rigorous four-year college preparatory curriculum. Grounded in traditional core disciplines, the curriculum challenges students with offerings at three different academic levels. All students must complete:

  • four years of Theology, English, and Mathematics
  • three years of History
  • two years of Foreign Language and Lab Science

Beyond the core curriculum, students undertake development of their personal goals with a diverse set of academic electives. The Prep features a strong program of Fine and Performing Arts, complemented by a set of co-curricular activities and public performance opportunities. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses for which they may receive college credit as early as freshman year in one of our more than 20 Advanced Placement courses.

A strength of The Prep experience continues to be the strong personal relationships forged between students and teachers—the educational experience here goes well beyond the walls and time frame of the class. And while it is recognized that academic talent is not always bestowed in equal measure, high expectations and standards are in place for all students, not just the most blessed.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Seton Hall Prep is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Seton Hall Prep is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the College Board.

Academic Procedure and Program of Study

The school day consists of seven 50-minute class periods. Six periods are scheduled on rotating cycle, with an activities period built into the schedule on Tuesdays and Fridays, providing time within the day for academic support as well as club and activity meetings. The school follows a trimester system.

Grade reporting and scale

Grades are recorded on the transcript each trimester, with yearly grades being determined by averaging the three trimesters and the final exams. Grades are reported as letters, with corresponding numerical grades (4.0 – 0, with adjustments for AP and Honors classes) used, in conjunction with a course's credit value, for compilation of Grade Point Averages. An Advisory Report is issued approximately halfway through each trimester, but is not recorded as part of the student’s record. Seton Hall Prep does not rank students.

Quality Points for Cumulative Average
Grade % AP 1st Honors College Prep
A+ 100-95 5.25 5 4.5
A 94-90 4.75 4.5 4
B+ 89-85 4.25 4 3.5
B 84-80 3.75 3.5 3
C+ 79-75 3.25 3 2.5
C 74-70 2.75 2.5 2
D 69-65 1 1 1
F 64-0 0 0 0

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SETON HALL Preparatory School

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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