Francisco Sauceda

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Recent Posts

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

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

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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Ask a Parent: Why Boarding School Was the Right Decision for My Son

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jan 12, 2017 4:44:02 PM

When parents get together to socialize, they often talk about what they have in common, which often happens to be their children. If they have college-aged children, they might talk about where their kids go to school and about what they are studying. If they have kids in high school, most of the parents are used to hearing that their peers’ children attend a local public high school or maybe a local private school.

But what if a parent told you that their child goes to a boarding school? That would definitely spark up some conversation and possibly lead to questions surrounding what helped them make the decision to send their child to boarding school.

That’s why we talked with Mrs. Jody Tran-Le, mother of four boys, whose two oldest boys graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary High School, her third is currently at SLS, and her fourth is waiting for his turn to go.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

Student Testimonial: My Experience at St. Lawrence’s Weekend Visit

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Dec 27, 2016 11:33:00 AM

The Weekend Visit Experience at St. Lawrence Seminary High School is one of the most important influencers on whether or not a student will come to St. Lawrence Seminary.

Note: For a comprehensive look at what you and your son can expect from the Weekend Visit at St. Lawrence, we invite you to download our free guide — The Guide to the Weekend Visit Experience.

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Topics: Campus Visit, student advice

Infographic: A Day in the Life of a St. Lawrence Student

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Dec 13, 2016 11:43:00 AM

If you're considering sending your son to St. Lawrence Seminary High School, you and your son probably have questions regarding what a day-in-the-life looks like at SLS.

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Topics: Admissions, Student Life

What to Expect During the Weekend Visit at St. Lawrence Seminary High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Dec 6, 2016 11:51:00 AM

Not knowing what to expect out of an experience is something that can get people very worked up. This anxious anticipation can be especially tangible if you and/or your son is considering a boarding school for high school and are in preparation for a campus visit.

St. Lawrence Seminary High School has been around for over 150 years. Families that have enrolled their sons here at SLS know exactly what they can expect from St. Lawrence Seminary. But if you are a new family considering St. Lawrence as an alternative high school experience for your son, what can you expect and what should you expect from the Weekend Visit to St. Lawrence Seminary High School?

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Topics: Campus Visit, student advice, Boarding School for High School

Questions to Ask When Visiting a Boarding School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Nov 29, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Prior to purchasing a new car, most people first test drive a few vehicles to decide what is a good fit for the driver or not. And when it comes to choosing a high school, a similar “test drive” is necessary to see if the school is a good fit for the prospective student.

And testing out a school is especially important if one of the high school options is a boarding school.

With boarding school being an alternative option to traditional high school, it is also important to know what questions to ask when on a campus visit. A campus visit is meant to be informative, but it’s normal to have several questions that need answering, but sometimes you won’t think of these questions until later.  

To learn more about the Weekend Visit Experience, click here to download our guide!

Go prepared, and consider asking these four questions as you visit a boarding school for high school.

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Topics: Campus Visit, Boarding School for High School