In 1975, Dr. Josefina V. Suarez, an educator, and her brother-in-law Francisco B. Alido, Sr., a businessman, collaborated to establish a preschool in Bacoor, Cavite. They named the school after Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint.
The school began operations with two classes in School Year 1975-1976 with 14 learners in the morning and 20 learners in the afternoon. Dr. Suarez was the teacher while other members of the family attended to other tasks with running a school, always mindful of providing quality education for the learners.
During its formative stages, the school had to transfer to four different sites to accommodate its steadily increasing population, until it settled in its permanent location in BF Resort Village, Las Piñas in 1987. Settled in its home, Elizabeth Seton School proclaimed its status as a Catholic School with fervent spiritual guidance from the Oblates of Divine Love Community from Rome. This paved the way for the construction of the school chapel which was blessed by his Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin and Monsignor Josefino Ramirez of the Archdiocese of Manila in 1989.
In 2013, after serving the school for almost 40 years Dr. Saurez stepped down as the President of the institution and announced the succession of educational leader Dr. Roberto T. Borromeo as the 2nd President of the Elizabeth Seton School.
In 2015, Elizabeth Seton School celebrated its 40th anniversary with the theme “40tude is an attitude.” The anniversary began with the schools pioneering social service program “Dugtong Buhay” which yielded one of the largest single donation ever given to the Philippine National Red Cross by a private organization. Celebrations were capped off with a grand production participated by over 1,000 learners who performed at the Solaire Theater on January 19, 2016.
With Dr. Borromeo at the helm of school, new programs geared towards technology based learning, employee-curated content, employee led learning, and a culture of continuous learning were established.
The Las Pinas Campus
The Las Pinas Campus is located along BF Resort Drive inside the exclusive village of BF Resort in Las Pinas City. It sits on a property of roughly 30,000 sqm. housing facilities for all primary to high school levels. The Las Pinas Campus received its accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of School, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in July 1997.
The preschool building is located in the heart of the campus with 8 themed classrooms, the school clinic, a faculty area, a party area, a play area, and dedicated facilities for Multiple Intelligences.
The Grade 1 and Grade 2 are housed in the Visayas building. The two-story facility has 14 classrooms, a library, an allied arts room, and a mini auditorium. Grade 3 to Grade 6 reside in the Luzon building and the Luzon extension. The Luzon building has a faculty center, two computer laboratories, two robotics laboratories, an English lab, a mini-auditorium, two case rooms, and roughly 40 classrooms.
All high school students reside in the Mindanao building. The facilities in Mindanao include a library, multiple science-oriented laboratories, three computer laboratories, two robotics laboratories, two faculty centers, a senior high school lounge, and a state-of-the-art auditorium. Connected to the Mindanao building via walkways, the gym houses multiple allied arts rooms, a TLE kitchen, ballet room, basketball courts, lockers, and the school canteen.
These facilities surround the school chapel which was built in 1989. The chapel was blessed by his Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin and is the center of the school’s faith.
Soon after receiving its Level I Accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of School, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in July 1997, the school broke grounds for another campus to serve the growing needs of residents further south, in Cavite.
Construction began almost immediately after deciding on a property in Anabu II-D, Imus Cavite. On June 1998 Elizabeth Seton School-Cavite opened its doors to a new batch of Setonians. The people of Cavite readily accepted Elizabeth Seton School and became the preferred educational provider for learners in the area.
The Cavite campus is built on an almost similar lot size located in Anabu II-D, Imus, Cavite. Operations began in 1998 and received accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of School, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in 2017.
The preschool building in Cavite has multiple facilities aside from the 8 classrooms. The building also contains a clinic, mini-library, a ballet room, a computer laboratory, a playground, a mini auditorium, and faculty area.
The other grade levels are housed in the main building of the school which has over 60 classrooms. The main building also has facilities such as an auditorium, science, TLE, computer, robotics laboratories, library, conference areas, a senior high school lounge, faculty areas, clinic, a swimming pool, cafeteria, and office spaces.
Similar to the Campus in Las Pinas, the Chapel in Cavite is built at the heart of the campus. The chapel was completed on February 15, 2008 and was blessed by Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle.