In 1856, Sisters of Providence Mother Joseph and four other Catholic sisters came to Fort Vancouver, Washington. They opened the first Catholic school in 1857 in a one-room log cabin. Seventeen years later, Mother Joseph helped build the Providence Academy, which remained open until August 4th, 1966. After the closure of Providence, there were no Catholic High Schools in Vancouver for over 40 years.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School opened its doors to 38 students in the fall of 2009 after 10 years of work by parents, donors, priests, archdiocese officials and many other volunteers. In the fall of 2015, the school launched a $20 million development project to acquire land and build a new campus.
In the fall of 2016, the school welcomed 173 students to our new, 12+ acre campus home to a beautiful 44,000 square foot school, complete with state of the art STEM classrooms, teaching spaces, commons, fitness center, Chapel, comprehensive track & field, and turf soccer & football field.
More than 50 years since the doors of the Providence Academy closed, Seton Catholic is thriving with 36 faculty and staff members serving the needs of nearly 200 students. Seton Catholic students have the opportunity to experience 15 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, performing and fine arts programs with an award-winning choir, more than 14 varsity sports and many other extra-curricular programs and clubs. Seton Catholic has a 100% on-time graduation rate and 100% of our graduates have either gone on to a college, university, or joined a branch of the United States military for service.
Future phases of the Master Plan include additional classrooms, an auxiliary gymnasium, and additional student services and administrative spaces that will allow for the campus to serve up to 500 students.