St. Lawrence Alumni: Where Are They Now & What Are They Doing?

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on May 5, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Over 150 years ago, two Swiss diocesan priests founded a small friary in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin. Today, St. Lawrence Seminary High School has a student population of about 200 boys of Catholic Faith. Students from across the country and world have chosen to attend St. Lawrence and discern God’s calling in their lives as priests, religious or lay persons in the Catholic Church.

The alumni of St. Lawrence Seminary High School are a group of strong, intelligent, and inspirational men who have gone on to make astounding achievements in many different professions.

Note: Are you interested in learning more about St. Lawrence Seminary High School and what is has to offer? Check out our guide for parents!

We sat down with two of our alumni to see what they’re doing today and to see the role that St. Lawrence played in their path to success.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

How to Know if Boarding School is Right for You and Your Child

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Apr 25, 2017 3:53:34 PM

Trying to figure out what’s best for ourselves can be complicated. This can be especially true when the decisions we make will affect more than just ourselves. When it comes to knowing if a school will be the best fit for your child, the decision can be scary and possibly unclear. This can be especially true for parents if they (or their child) is considering a boarding school for high school.

Note: Check out what a day in the life is like for a student at St. Lawrence Seminary High School.

Keeping an open mind and obtaining as much information as possible helps the family and prospective student get a better sense if the boarding school will be a good fit for them. Because just like most things, attending a boarding school for high school will have both pros and cons.

Read on for some things to think about as you consider sending your child to boarding school.

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

Aladdin: A Performance by St. Lawrence Seminary High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Apr 19, 2017 3:49:45 PM

The magic of Disney will be coming to St. Lawrence Seminary for the performance of Aladdin. Students will be performing a fantastic bilingual edition of Aladdin. The show will have no shortage of excitement as Aladdin, Genie, and Princess Jasmine embark on a quest to defeat Jafar. Jafar has placed a curse on the royal family, creating a language barrier between them and the citizens of Agrabah. Be prepared to sing along to Disney classics like A Whole New World, Arabian Nights, and Friend Like Me.

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Topics: Campus and Events

Student Testimonial: My Experience Being Sponsored by a Senior

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Apr 12, 2017 3:21:11 PM

The community of St. Lawrence Seminary High School is formed through strong bonds between students and faculty alike. St. Lawrence has created a tight-knit community that separates itself from typical high schools. Each student is placed into a fraternity, which includes around ten to twelve students. Fraternities are created with care and have balanced characteristics like grade, culture, and compatibility.

What makes these fraternities so special is the relationship between the freshmen and the seniors in the group. Each freshman is sponsored by a senior. This “mentorship” is meant to help freshmen students become comfortable at St. Lawrence during such an exciting transition period. Senior sponsors join their freshmen counterparts in chapel, liturgical ministries for mass, and many social events.

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Topics: Student Life

The Value of Studying Abroad Before College

Posted by Kevin Buelow on Apr 5, 2017 1:38:00 PM

Studying abroad provides an excellent chance for students to immerse themselves into completely new situations. Whether for a few weeks, a semester, or year of studying abroad, study abroad programs expose students to valuable life experiences. For some students, these opportunities begin with additional travel and in other instances can even lead to moving to and working in a foreign country. 

But in many cases, students have to wait until college to have a study abroad experience.

Note: Are you interested in learning more about St. Lawrence Seminary High School and the different opportunities available to the students there? We invite you to request more information here.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

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