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

St. Lawrence Seminary’s Angel Tree Project

Posted by Katie Daane on Dec 20, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Advent literally means “coming,” and it is celebrated by many Catholics as a time of preparation. We look to the coming of Christ and work to spread His message of love and hope with all whom we encounter.

While many people in the world prepare for Christmas in myriad ways, the students and staff at St. Lawrence Seminary High School prepare for it in one very special way: through their participation in Angel Tree, a Prison Fellowship program.

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Topics: Mission, Faith & Formation, Student Life

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

Understanding the Admissions Process at St. Lawrence

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Nov 22, 2016 11:54:00 AM

“Why isn’t your application online?”

This has been a question that I’ve been asked numerous times during my tenure in the St. Lawrence Seminary High School Admissions Office. I must admit that on more than one occasion I have wondered if we should just put our application online. Most other schools do it, so maybe we should as well.

But then I stop and think about our admission process, and I can’t justify changing how we do things. And it’s because of the incomparable experience that comes with developing a relationship with both parents and students during the admissions process.

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Topics: Admissions

3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Going to a Boarding School for High School

Posted by Rick Voell on Nov 15, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Many parents decide to put their children in a traditional high school setting without considering the benefits of an alternative high school experience. But if parents would take the time to research and consider choosing boarding school for their high school-age children, they might realize the various benefits of an option like boarding school over traditional high school.

So, what are the benefits of boarding school?

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

Q & A with Fr. Ron Smith: Spiritual Direction at St. Lawrence

Posted by Fr. Zoy Garibay on Nov 9, 2016 11:58:00 AM

In this week’s blog, we will feature Fr. Ron Smith. Fr. Ron is a Capuchin friar of the Province of St. Joseph. For many years, Fr. Ron served at St. Lawrence Seminary as priest, confessor, and spiritual director. At present, he remains one of the spiritual directors on campus. He is also member of the Spiritual Life Committee. Fr. Ron’s contribution to the development of the spiritual life of our students at SLS is significant. I asked Fr. Ron about his background, his experience as spiritual director as well as what spiritual direction is and what its benefits are.

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7 Reasons Why Extracurriculars are Essential to a High School Student’s Career

Posted by Jeff Krieg on Nov 4, 2016 12:24:00 PM

“What are you ‘in’ in school?” is a common question asked among students. In other words, what activities do you do? What clubs do you belong to? And why are these extra activities of any value?

Many people would agree that, long after high school, they have fond memories of extracurricular activities and realize that belonging to those activities taught lessons of inestimable value, much like the lessons learned in a formal classroom setting. Many high schools offer students an array of extracurricular activities, which sharpen a student’s social and academic skills while providing experience for future careers and strengthening relationships so important to the overall high school experience.

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