2012 OPEN HOUSE SETON HALL PREPARATORY SCHOOL 120 Northfield Avenue • West Orange, New Jersey 07052 • 973.325.PREP • www.shp.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ADMISSION & SCHOLARSHIP
The Prep’s commitments and goals become reality Seton Hall Prep is continually evaluating its programs with a view towards future improvements and towards setting demanding goals for both the school and the students. Though these goals often challenge both budgetary and physical constraints, The Prep has always relied on the creativity and skill of its community members to meet the challenges successfully.
achievement, with 76% scoring a three or higher on the AP’s five-point scale. The College Board recognized 83 Prep students as AP Scholars. The recent self-evaluations in the Accreditation for Growth reports have called on The Prep to respond to the need of students for increasing access to the technology that is so necessary in carrying out their research and academic responsibilities. Responding to the “technology” challenge, over just the last three years the school has added over 100 computers to classrooms, the library/media center and a computer annex. Two computer centers are available for student use throughout the entire time students are on campus. Hardware such as smart boards, video projectors and laptops are common tools in the classroom, and the administration continues to provide the opportunities for teachers to update their computer skills to take best advantage of these new tools. Indeed, as of October 2007 the entire campus has access to wireless internet. We are embarking on a new Middle States initiative to guarantee student technological competency and readiness for college.
Schools all trumpet their low average class size. Depending on how and what you count, just about any school’s numbers can look good. Seton Hall Prep’s average class size of 20.5 in 1998 was already low. However, The Prep’s Board of Trustees, administration and faculty realized that even more could be done, and should be done, if Prep students were to truly receive the benefits that a private school strives to provide. With the approach of a Middle States Accreditation for Growth Report in 2002, the school set as a goal the cross-curricular teaching of writing skills based on a Writing Rubric. This offered preparation for the challenges offered by a revamped SAT, which includes essay writing. To accomplish that goal, the school set as a second target the further lowering of class size, making a bold commitment to cap the writing-intensive classes in English, History and Theology at 18 students. Seton Hall met that goal in 2003, and then extended it for the entire school for ALL academic classes. For the school year 2011-12 the average class size is 19 for ALL academic classes. In terms of writing, Seton Hall Prep students outperform both the state and national averages by significant margins—two full grade levels in the latter case.
Recognizing the importance of “spirituality” in both the mission of the school and in its daily activities, The Prep set for itself a goal of invigorating the spirituality of the community. It is a difficult goal in that, like other goals resulting from the Middle States Association Accreditation for Growth process, it should produce results that are measurable. Although creating measurable standards will test the creativity and skill of the community, the meeting of the challenge has already begun. In 2005 the school named a new Director of Campus Ministry, furnished a new Campus Ministry Office and, by the third week of school, was already into a full schedule of freshman off-campus retreats. Now, all students participate in the retreat program. Also new are student liturgy committees, a liturgical music group, and both a student and a mothers prayer group. These complement an already firmly established program of Daily Mass, service projects and a Eucharistic Ministers formation program. Our new Middle States goal aims to have 75% of graduates participate in a Kairos Retreat.
Other goals made over the last few years have become a reality as well. Recognizing the importance of Advanced Placement Courses, The Prep made the commitment to increase the number of AP offerings, classes and students taking the tests. Over the past decade , the number of Advanced Placement offerings has increased by 90%, to 21. The number of students taking the courses has increased from 81 to 264, representing more than half of the Junior and Senior classes. The number of AP tests administered has risen to 520 from 77— all the while with students maintaining a very high level of
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
PHYS. ED. DEPARTMENT
SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COURSE SEQUENCE
(1 Science elective)
(up to 2 Science electives)
(up to 3 Science electives)
Chem (possibly Hn) Biology (Hn if 4.0 in Physical Science) Physical Science (CP or Hn)
Environmental (possibly AP with Bio as co-req or pre-req)
(Most of our students) Bio AP (with Chem as coreq or pre-req) Typical Chem Hn (invitation only as well as a 4.5 in math and a 4.5 in science) Atypical
Chem (possibly Hn) Environmental (possibly AP with Bio as co-req or pre-req) Bio AP (with Chem as coreq or pre-req) Physics (possibly Hn or AP)
Physics (possibly Hn) Organic Chem Hn (with Chem as co-req or prereq) Adv Topics Chem Hn
Organic Chem Hn (with Chem as co-req or prereq) Adv Topics Chem Hn Forensic Science CP Chem (possibly Hn)
Bio AP (with Chem as coreq or pre-req) Adv Topics Chem Hn Chem Hn
Environmental (possibly AP with Bio as co-req or pre-req) Bio AP (with Chem as coreq or pre-req)
Physics AP Physics (possibly Hn or AP)
Physics Hn Organic Chem Hn
Environmental AP (with Bio as co-req)
Organic Chem Hn (with Chem as co-req or prereq) Adv Topics Chem Hn
Atypical Chem Hn
Forensic Science CP
All students are required to take a minimum of two lab sciences. One of the two must be a course in Biology. Our students average 4+ science courses before graduating Seton Hall Prep. The requirements for our science courses are detailed in the Course Selection Booklet.
SETON SCHOLAR PROGRAM
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING
GUIDANCE & COUNSELING
FOR THE CLASS OF 2012
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LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
Set to start in only a few months, a new Science Wing will reature four lab/ classrooms, office space and prep rooms. In addition to adding state-of-the-art classrooms dedicated to the sciences, the addition will free up existing classroomsâ€”enhancing scheduling and subject offerings.
The exciting crown jewel in the Prep’s athletic facilities— The Edward D. and Helen M. Kelly Athletic Complex
Over the past decade, the hard work and generosity of current and former Prep families have provided The Prep with a beautiful athletic facility, overlooking one of the nation’s great vistas—configured with the 400-meter all-weather Bill Persichetty Track [the first in Seton Hall Prep or Seton Hall University history], a “game field” for lacrosse and soccer, adjacent to a full-sized practice field. All this was added in 2001 to an existing practice field and the Charlie Lorenzo ‘52 Training Facility. Just ahead lies “Phase II”—two baseball fields, five tennis courts and a new locker/training/concessions facility. Future generations of Seton Hall Prep students, their families and friends will enjoy the benefits of this complex for years to come. Cap your Open House at Seton Hall Prep by stopping off at the Kelly Athletic Complex for a visit. [West on Northfield Ave., two lights, right onto Prospect Avenue, 400 yards on right]