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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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Notable Alumni: Jose Alonso, Class of 1999

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 5, 2017 2:25:00 PM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School Alumni are the foundation of our brotherhood. They represent not only our past accomplishments but also our current and future ideals. SLS Alumni can be found in nearly every state across the U.S. and in many countries around the world. They are doctors, lawyers, teachers, religious leaders, fathers and so much more. Their successes are why we continue to educate young Catholic boys so our future graduates can carry with them the Calvary Spirit and the values learned at SLS. As husbands, fathers, men of faith and citizens of their communities they bring to life the morality and values inspired by the Gospel of Jesus taught at St. Lawrence. This week, we chose to highlight another alumni brother, Jose Alonso, so you can get a glimpse of the many and diverse accomplishments of our brothers.

Jose Alonso (Class of 1999) is an attorney in Chicago, focusing on immigrants and workers’ rights. He is married to Sandra and together they have a son.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

Notable Alumni: Andrew Welhouse, Class of 2000

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 2, 2017 10:45:00 AM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School Alumni are present in nearly every state across the U.S., in many countries around the world and hold a long list of professions. They continue to be the living legacy of their experience at SLS and can easily testify to the benefits of a boarding school. Be they priests, brothers, doctors, lawyers, computer technicians, researchers, salesmen, accountants, actors, artists, teachers, military servicemen or any number of other career choices, they carry with them the Calvary Spirit and the values learned at SLS. As husbands, fathers and men of faith, they bring to their respective families and circumstances that spirit nurtured in the SLS experience.

Read on for a special look into the life of a St. Lawrence Seminary Alumnus, their experience as a student and how that shaped their life after graduation.

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Topics: Boarding School Benefits

A Teacher’s Perspective: The St. Lawrence Seminary Experience (VIDEO)

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Aug 31, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Saint Lawrence Seminary High School provides its students with a remarkable, well rounded education. SLS nurtures mature, well-rounded men of faith who are preparing for lives as priests and religious leaders. Our core values of spirituality, diversity, knowledge and humble commitment exudes from our students and faculty. What truly makes our school so unique, is the high level of involvement between our faculty and students.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Boarding School Benefits

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