A Global Perspective: Here’s What You Should Know About the SLS Community

Posted by Jeff Krieg on Aug 3, 2017 10:45:00 AM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School has been called a “mini United Nations” by numerous people over the years. This is because SLS has a diverse community of students who come from all parts of the globe. The ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity at SLS helps make the St. Lawrence experience unique and creates for students one of the most memorable aspects of being a Hilltopper.

The student body has for many years reflected an obvious national and international diversity. Mixing in with the many students who call Wisconsin or Illinois their homes are students hailing from all over the United States. SLS has had students from as far away as California, Washington, New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, and many more.

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Topics: Student Life, Boarding School for High School

Student Testimonial: Why I’m Glad I Chose SLS

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on May 23, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Students experience a range of emotions when they are informed that they will be attending St. Lawrence for high school: hesitance, excitement, indifference and hopefulness.

Here at St. Lawrence, we know that leaving home at such a young age can be an intimidating thought, but most students find that they quickly overcome homesickness and are soon highly involved in campus and ministry life.

One student says, “I was kind of hesitant coming to SLS, mostly because I would have to live here. I still came here because I knew that my rational for missing home was being blown out of proportion and that it wouldn’t be a bad thing.” That student soon found himself feeling right at home at St. Lawrence.

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Topics: Student Life, student advice, Boarding School for High School

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

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

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

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

Ask a Student: Why did Jose Mercado choose St. Lawrence Seminary High School?

Posted by Katie Daane on Oct 25, 2016 11:13:00 AM

The choice to attend St. Lawrence Seminary is an intensely personal one. It often involves many influences, including the student’s preferences, the parents’ concerns, family connections to the school, and more. However, for all high school students who attend SLS, the choice is one that has the opportunity to transform their lives. For one current student, senior Jose Mercado, the choice was an easy one once he’d visited the Hill and certainly one that has transformed his life.

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Topics: Student Life

Ask a Student: What Was Your Experience at St. Lawrence?

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 3, 2016 2:56:00 PM


Meet Steve Brannon: a St. Lawrence Seminary High School graduate. Steve tells the story of how he came to hear about St. Lawrence followed by his experience as a student at a private Catholic high school.

Having heard about St. Lawrence from both his father and his peers, Steve was a bit wary about moving several hours away to attend an all-boy boarding school. But after attending a Weekend Visit at St. Lawrence, Steve was impressed by the sense of brotherhood, respect, and faith that students at St. Lawrence prioritize.

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Topics: Student Life