School in session at Seton Catholic Central (with photos)

By Casey Killian

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Wednesday was the first day of school for all four Catholic schools in Broome County.

Richard Bucci, principal at Seton Catholic Central High School, said the schools are starting the year off with more students.

"This year we're very excited because we're still finalizing enrollment, but it looks like the enrollment for the four Catholic schools in Broome County this September will be higher than it was last September, which is the first time we've had that trend in about 20 years," he said.

Bucci said enrollment at the four schools at the start of the school year is about 760 students compared to 745 in September 2012.

"The enrollment is indicative of what the future of the system is and traditionally over the last several years, our enrollment would tick down for various reasons -- students would move out, families couldn't afford tuition -- so we're very excited about the trend that has been in place for several years moving in the other direction where enrollment is starting to move back upwards again," said Bucci.

This year Seton Catholic Central is offering offer a pre-engineering program associated with RIT called "Project Lead the Way." Students can get college credit that transfers to RIT.

Bucci said they are the first Catholic high school in the state to participate.

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