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.
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.
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.
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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.
Topics: Boarding School for High School
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.
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.
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.
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So what are some of the benefits of community service?
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.
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.
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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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.