The Advantage of Attending a Faith-Based High School

Posted by Fr. Zoy Garibay on Feb 7, 2017 1:30:00 PM

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.

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Why Community Service is Essential for a High Schooler

Posted by Rick Voell on Jan 31, 2017 2:15:00 PM

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.

Note: If you’re interested in learning about St. Lawrence Seminary High School, we invite you to download our guide outlining The Weekend Visit Experience at St. Lawrence.

So what are some of the benefits of community service?

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Topics: Ministry, Boarding School for High School, Community Service

How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Tackles Homesickness

Posted by Lou Wappel on Jan 24, 2017 2:26:00 PM

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.

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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

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