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Making the decision to enroll in a private, Catholic high school is an exciting one, but it also comes with its questions and challenges. Light on The Hill is designed to keep prospective and current students — and their parents — up-to-date on news, thoughts, and events relevant to the mission and values at St. Lawrence Seminary High School. 

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10 Reasons Why We Love St. Lawrence Seminary


It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. Loving yourself is just as important as showing your affection to others, so this year we’ll take some time for self-reflection. Here are the top 10 reasons why we love St. Lawrence Seminary.

1. Academics

St. Lawrence Seminary prepares boys for college and beyond with challenging academics. We follow a seven period class day with two additional study hall periods and a wide variety of electives, including foreign languages, business law, advanced computer applications and more. Learn more about our academics.

2. Commitment to Faith

We know how important spiritual growth is to help boys develop into mature, well-rounded men. Our Catholic teachings are inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the example of St. Frances of Assisi. We integrate faith into all areas of education and extracurricular activities. Many of our graduates join the ministry as priests, religious and lay leaders in the Church and world. Learn more about spiritual direction at St. Lawrence Seminary.

3. Opportunities to Give Back

We take our commitment to our internal and surrounding communities seriously, and believe that our students should improve the world around them. To that end, we provide students with a wide array of volunteer opportunities and ministry programs. Learn more about our volunteer and ministry at St. Lawrence Seminary.

4. Experiential Learning

What you learn outside the classroom can be just as important as what you learn in it. Through experiential learning opportunities and ministry programs, our students are able to learn hands-on skills that will aid them in college and beyond. Learn more about our experiential learning opportunities through ministry.

5. Strong Community

At St. Lawrence Seminary, we cultivate relationships that last lifetimes. From all-school events to our fraternities, our students deepen their friendships each day. Learn more about our unique community at SLS.

6. Diversity

We pride ourselves on our commitment to diversity and providing students with a well-rounded education exposing them to different cultures. The overall student body at St. Lawrence is made up of students from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds from all across the world. To grow in understanding of what it means to be a ‘Son of Calvary’ but also incorporating many of our individual customs from each ancestry, students participate in many traditions and activities through the school year. Learn more about our cultural events.

7. College Preparedness

High school is a time for boys to cultivate the learning skills that will help them the rest of their life. On average, our students are better prepared to face college compared to public school students. Learn more about how we prepare our students for college.

8. Safe Environment

A cornerstone of the St. Lawrence Seminary High School Mission and Value Statement is, "Safe Community – providing the physical and emotional freedom that assists learning, growing and exploring." We take our role of partnering with parents very seriously. It’s our responsibility to provide a safe environment at all levels for every one of our students. Learn more about how we provide a safe environment for our students.

9. Fraternities

If the academic program is the “brain” and the spiritual life program is the “soul” and the athletic and activities programs are the “body” of the residential life environment, then it is not an exaggeration to say that the emphasis of community is the “heart” of St. Lawrence. Students are placed in fraternities of 10-12 boys that are balanced on grade, culture and compatibility. These fraternities forge lifelong friendships. Learn more about our fraternities and how we develop social skills.

10. Opportunities for All

Here at St. Lawrence Seminary, we strive to keep the cost of our education as manageable as possible for the families we serve. We currently offer two types of financial aid. Need-based financial aid is available to domestic students only and tuition payment plans are available to all students, international and domestic. Learn more about our financial aid options.

Those are just some of the reasons why we love St. Lawrence. We think if you get to know us, you’ll love us too. Why not pay us a visit? Check out our upcoming weekend visit dates for the best time to learn more about St. Lawrence Seminary.

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St. Lawrence Seminary is an all boys Catholic boarding school located in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. We welcome students from Minnesota, Illinois and across the United States. Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the example of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Lawrence Seminary provides a residential college preparatory education in a living Catholic community nurturing mature, well-rounded men of faith. See if St. Lawrence is right for you and your son.