How St. Lawrence Helped Me Be a Better Husband, Father, and Man

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Mar 21, 2017 1:20:00 PM

My name is Tyler. I graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary in 2002. I currently live in Cottage Grove, MN with my wife Tara, and our 6 children (2 sons and 4 daughters).

Through the values taught at St. Lawrence, I learned how to truly grow, from being a boy, to becoming a man. It showed me that a man sacrifices for others, in the name of God, not himself. St. Lawrence taught me these sacrifices through work crews, public ministry, and service to those in need. It instilled the values of proper respect for life, for your brother, and most importantly, for God.

Note: Are you wondering what a typical day looks like for a student at St. Lawrence Seminary High School? Check out this infographic we put together on
A Day in the Life of a St. Lawrence Student.

Read on for some perspective on how my time at St. Lawrence Seminary High School helped me be a better husband, father, and man.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

A Student's Perspective: What SLS’s Core Values Mean to Me

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Mar 17, 2017 2:37:54 PM

In a way, you really can’t miss the values of St. Lawrence Seminary, because they are everywhere. Literally. They are printed in every copy of the Student Handbook, a framed copy is enshrined in every meeting room, study hall, classroom, and even the wall of the Welcome Center (main entrance) lists the values written in letters over a foot tall.

So what are these core values?:

Spirituality, Diversity, Social Skills, Humble Commitment, Knowledge, and Safe Community.

Note: For more information on St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s values, visit our website and read up on our mission statement.

These are the values. But what do these values mean? Are they just nice words, or do they make a difference in the day-to-day lives of those associated with St. Lawrence Seminary?

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Topics: Mission, Student Life, Boarding School for High School, Values

How Do Boarding Schools Promote Life Skills?

Posted by Jeff Krieg on Mar 7, 2017 2:03:03 PM

A boarding school may be an excellent way to prepare for future success in practical ways. The unique setting of a boarding school promotes numerous life skills. Many of these skills, as detailed below, are exactly the sorts of skills usable in adult life and also the kind of skills that employers look for in potential employees: being independent, working well with others, creative problem solving, being open and sensitive to a wide variety of personal differences in peers, and displaying aptitude for loyalty, dependability and competence.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

What Sets St. Lawrence Seminary above the Rest?

Posted by Katie Daane on Feb 28, 2017 11:51:00 AM

When choosing a high school, it has become somewhat counter-cultural to consider a boarding school. In today’s society, families more often want to remain close to their children and more directly involved in their daily lives. However, there are many reasons for and benefits of choosing St. Lawrence Seminary High School.

Many schools provide students with academic challenges that will help them succeed in higher education, and there are others that provide students with faith-deepening experiences. Being a residential school helps to set St. Lawrence Seminary High School apart from other schools that attempt to achieve those purposes in a day-school setting. The program at St. Lawrence is meant to engage students holistically — looking at every part of the child and working to nurture their development.

Our program focuses on developing the four main components of our students’ lives: academic, residential, co-curricular, and spiritual.

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Boarding School Myths Debunked

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Feb 21, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Depending on our background and how we were raised, we all have our opinions as to how things are and who “belongs” to certain groups. This is especially true if we do not have firsthand experience with an environment, group of people, or situation. And when speaking to parents about the possibility of considering a boarding high school for their child, here at St. Lawrence Seminary high school, we’ve seen many times their preconceived notions of what they think they know about boarding schools surface.

Note: If you’re interested in learning more about St. Lawrence Seminary High School and our Weekend Visit, we invite you to download our free guide The Weekend Visit Experience.

If you’re a parent struggling with some preconceived notions regarding boarding schools, read on and let us debunk some of these boarding school myths.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School

New, Free Guide — Parent’s Guide to St. Lawrence Seminary High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Feb 17, 2017 4:14:08 PM

Are you a parent considering sending your son to St. Lawrence Seminary High School?

Do you have questions or concerns regarding sending your son to a boarding school for high school?

If so, you’re in luck.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

The Advantage of Attending a Faith-Based High School

Posted by Fr. Zoy Garibay on Feb 7, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Choosing the right school is one of the important decisions parents can make for their teenage children. Choosing the right high school is important as it lays a solid foundation for post-secondary education and equips students with basic skills for life. Parents choose schools for a variety of reasons: location, program, quality of education, quality of staff, graduation rate and college admission rate, just to name a few. These are all important things to consider, but there’s one other factor that parents may want to consider in choosing a high school for their children: faith.

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Why Community Service is Essential for a High Schooler

Posted by Rick Voell on Jan 31, 2017 2:15:00 PM

Some boarding schools offer excellent opportunities for students to get involved in service-related activities. Similarly, many boarding schools provide ample opportunity to combine community service with a high school curriculum. Combining community service into the regular routine of a high schooler’s schedule is a poignant teaching tool for the maturing adolescent.

Note: If you’re interested in learning about St. Lawrence Seminary High School, we invite you to download our guide outlining The Weekend Visit Experience at St. Lawrence.

So what are some of the benefits of community service?

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Topics: Ministry, Boarding School for High School, Community Service

How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Tackles Homesickness

Posted by Lou Wappel on Jan 24, 2017 2:26:00 PM

Homesickness is an interesting “disease” because it’s common, it’s predictable, it’s natural, and while it’s not entirely preventable, it is curable.

When any adolescent boys come to St. Lawrence Seminary, not only are they starting high school but they are also living in a dormitory setting, and they are not in the same daily contact with their families as they have been in the past.

Adding all these factors together makes homesickness an ailment that is not uncommon.

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Ask a Boarding School Administrator: What I’ve Learned Talking to Parents

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jan 17, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Being a school administrator is hard work — both demanding and rewarding. After a full day of activities, managing the school, and working with parents, it’s nice when the halls are empty and the kids have gone home for the night or the weekend. But how would all this be different if the kids didn’t go home at the end of the day or week? How is the experience different for a school administrator of a boarding school?  

That’s why we spoke to a principal with over 15 years experience as a school administrator at a boarding school and got his insight on what kind of concerns parents have when they are making the decision to send their child to a boarding school for high school.

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