How SLS Goes Beyond The Books

Posted by Katie Daane on Aug 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM

One of the ways that St. Lawrence Seminary High School knows that it is effective in developing its students is through the success of our alumni.

From being well prepared for their freshman college courses, to their successful entrance into the world of their careers, to their continued involvement in the church, it is clear that SLS alumni are inspired and motivated by their time on the Hill.

This isn’t accidental. It is intentionally cultivated through the school’s programs and offerings.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits, Values

Why Sending Your Son to Boarding School Doesn’t Have to Be as Difficult as You Might Think

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jul 21, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Many of us have heard the saying “if you love someone, set them free.” Setting someone free means letting them explore themselves and the world without limitations. Parents know all too well that it can be difficult sending a child away for college, but parents of current boarding school students can attest to a similar feeling when they send their children off to boarding school for high school.

Note: Are you interested in sending your child to boarding school for high school? We invite you to download our new resource: The Boarding School Decision Guide.

But the decision to send your son to boarding school does not have to be as difficult as you might think. Boarding school provides safety, academic structure, expressive freedom, and so many other benefits for all students and reassurance for parents.

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

Our Newest Resource — The Boarding School Decision Guide

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jul 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Are you a parent considering sending your son to boarding school for high school?

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

A Teacher’s Perspective: How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Changed My Life

Posted by Katie Daane on Jun 29, 2017 1:30:00 PM

While each student’s story of how he came to St. Lawrence Seminary High School and why he chose to stay is unique, so is each and every teacher’s story.

Very few people probably expect their first job out of college to be their last. They likely look at it as a stepping stone to the next best thing. But for a lucky few, their first job can be not only a launching zone but a landing pad. I was one of those lucky few. I was hired at St. Lawrence straight out of college. Mine was only one among a sea of applications, but it was my first interview and my first job offer. And besides knowing I wanted any job, I also knew I wanted this job.

Working at SLS was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss, not only because I had just walked into a real-life Hogwarts (yes, that’s a nerdy reference, but trust me, if you see our Hill, you’ll understand my first impression), but also because I had been impressed like so many of our prospective students — by the college prep curriculum and the unique atmosphere.

But while I took the job for several reasons, I stayed for so many more.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Boarding School Benefits

Why It’s Essential for High School Students to Attend Mission Trips

Posted by Rick Voell on Jun 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Mission trips are opportunities for students to travel, experience cultures, learn about the world, and make a difference in communities. Mission trips, like St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s mission trip to McAllen, TX, bring much needed assistance to the community and provide an enriching experience for students. 

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Topics: Ministry, Boarding School Benefits, Community Service, Mission Trips

Why The Non-Traditional College Preparatory School Is Ahead of the Game

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on May 11, 2017 4:07:34 PM

What would you expect students to gain from a traditional college preparatory school? I imagine the first thing most people would say is a high-quality education — and rightfully so. If a school offers a college preparatory education, they should have an academic curriculum in place to prepare their students for college. At college prep schools, students are fully aware that the work and effort they are putting into their education is in preparation for their next step: the college classroom.

Whether the students know it or not, the tasks, homework, projects, and tests that the teachers assign and ask of them will make them a better college student. College doesn’t get easier with a college prep education. A college prep education makes the transition into the college classroom easier for the student.

Note: For a comprehensive guide to St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s Weekend Visit, check out our new resource: The Guide to the Weekend Visit Experience.

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

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

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

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