To provide meaningful educational experiences for our preschool and elementary students in an environment integrated by Gospel values which nurtures faith, community, prayer, and service.

Therefore, we believe that:



Seton Catholic School was founded in 1976 by the local priests, parents, and parishioners of St. Mary’s of the Visitation and St. Patrick’s of Ottumwa, Iowa. Christian parents of the Ottumwa area, both Catholic and protestant, wanted an alternative to the public school system at that time. They desired to provide their children with a Christ-centered education based on the premise that each child has a right to every opportunity for maximum growth intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially.


All students in preschool through grade five are welcome at Seton Catholic School. Our student and staff population is representative of our local parish communities. Students of all faiths, ethnicity, and social backgrounds are welcome.


New student registration is accepted throughout the entire school year. To arrange a tour, please call 682-8826. The registration form on is also on  our web site.


Financial aid is available on a need basis. Applications can be picked up at the Seton office. They are time sensitive, so please call the office to inquire


Iowa Department of Education

Diocese of Davenport

Department of Human Services - Pre-School