5 Differences Between Boarding School and Private Day School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Aug 17, 2017 1:30:00 PM

It’s safe to say that at the core, all schools strive to educate their students and prepare them for success after graduation.

It’s also true that each school takes various approaches to help their students reach their goals, and when it comes to boarding school versus private day school, they can have many similarities but they can also be very different.

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Topics: Alternative High School Options, Boarding School for High School

How SLS Goes Beyond The Books

Posted by Katie Daane on Aug 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM

One of the ways that St. Lawrence Seminary High School knows that it is effective in developing its students is through the success of our alumni.

From being well prepared for their freshman college courses, to their successful entrance into the world of their careers, to their continued involvement in the church, it is clear that SLS alumni are inspired and motivated by their time on the Hill.

This isn’t accidental. It is intentionally cultivated through the school’s programs and offerings.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits, Values

A Global Perspective: Here’s What You Should Know About the SLS Community

Posted by Jeff Krieg on Aug 3, 2017 10:45:00 AM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School has been called a “mini United Nations” by numerous people over the years. This is because SLS has a diverse community of students who come from all parts of the globe. The ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity at SLS helps make the St. Lawrence experience unique and creates for students one of the most memorable aspects of being a Hilltopper.

The student body has for many years reflected an obvious national and international diversity. Mixing in with the many students who call Wisconsin or Illinois their homes are students hailing from all over the United States. SLS has had students from as far away as California, Washington, New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, and many more.

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Topics: Student Life, Boarding School for High School

7 Ways to Learn Over the Summer

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jul 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Summer is the best opportunity for students to relax and enjoy time off from school. This highly anticipated time of  year is the perfect excuse for teenagers to do whatever they like, which can often lead to a lot of unproductive days.

There are many fun and beneficial activities for students to involve themselves in over the summer that can help them develop useful skills while also enjoying their break.

Note: We invite you to Light on the Hill, St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s blog targeted at prospective and current St. Lawrence students (and their parents!).

Below are seven summer activity ideas that your teenager can utilize to inspire learning during the summer months!

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Topics: Ministry, Boarding School for High School, Extracurriculars

Why Sending Your Son to Boarding School Doesn’t Have to Be as Difficult as You Might Think

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

Many of us have heard the saying “if you love someone, set them free.” Setting someone free means letting them explore themselves and the world without limitations. Parents know all too well that it can be difficult sending a child away for college, but parents of current boarding school students can attest to a similar feeling when they send their children off to boarding school for high school.

Note: Are you interested in sending your child to boarding school for high school? We invite you to download our new resource: The Boarding School Decision Guide.

But the decision to send your son to boarding school does not have to be as difficult as you might think. Boarding school provides safety, academic structure, expressive freedom, and so many other benefits for all students and reassurance for parents.

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Topics: Alternative High School Options, Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

Our Newest Resource — The Boarding School Decision Guide

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jul 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Are you a parent considering sending your son to boarding school for high school?

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Topics: Alternative High School Options, Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

A Teacher’s Perspective: How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Changed My Life

Posted by Katie Daane on Jun 29, 2017 1:30:00 PM

While each student’s story of how he came to St. Lawrence Seminary High School and why he chose to stay is unique, so is each and every teacher’s story.

Very few people probably expect their first job out of college to be their last. They likely look at it as a stepping stone to the next best thing. But for a lucky few, their first job can be not only a launching zone but a landing pad. I was one of those lucky few. I was hired at St. Lawrence straight out of college. Mine was only one among a sea of applications, but it was my first interview and my first job offer. And besides knowing I wanted any job, I also knew I wanted this job.

Working at SLS was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss, not only because I had just walked into a real-life Hogwarts (yes, that’s a nerdy reference, but trust me, if you see our Hill, you’ll understand my first impression), but also because I had been impressed like so many of our prospective students — by the college prep curriculum and the unique atmosphere.

But while I took the job for several reasons, I stayed for so many more.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Boarding School Benefits

Why It’s Essential for High School Students to Attend Mission Trips

Posted by Rick Voell on Jun 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Mission trips are opportunities for students to travel, experience cultures, learn about the world, and make a difference in communities. Mission trips, like St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s mission trip to McAllen, TX, bring much needed assistance to the community and provide an enriching experience for students. 

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Topics: Ministry, Boarding School Benefits, Community Service, Mission Trips

Student Testimonial: Why I’m Glad I Chose SLS

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on May 23, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Students experience a range of emotions when they are informed that they will be attending St. Lawrence for high school: hesitance, excitement, indifference and hopefulness.

Here at St. Lawrence, we know that leaving home at such a young age can be an intimidating thought, but most students find that they quickly overcome homesickness and are soon highly involved in campus and ministry life.

One student says, “I was kind of hesitant coming to SLS, mostly because I would have to live here. I still came here because I knew that my rational for missing home was being blown out of proportion and that it wouldn’t be a bad thing.” That student soon found himself feeling right at home at St. Lawrence.

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Topics: Student Life, student advice, Boarding School for High School

Why The Non-Traditional College Preparatory School Is Ahead of the Game

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on May 11, 2017 4:07:34 PM

What would you expect students to gain from a traditional college preparatory school? I imagine the first thing most people would say is a high-quality education — and rightfully so. If a school offers a college preparatory education, they should have an academic curriculum in place to prepare their students for college. At college prep schools, students are fully aware that the work and effort they are putting into their education is in preparation for their next step: the college classroom.

Whether the students know it or not, the tasks, homework, projects, and tests that the teachers assign and ask of them will make them a better college student. College doesn’t get easier with a college prep education. A college prep education makes the transition into the college classroom easier for the student.

Note: For a comprehensive guide to St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s Weekend Visit, check out our new resource: The Guide to the Weekend Visit Experience.

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Topics: Student Life, Alternative High School Options, Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits