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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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The Importance of a Parent-Teacher Relationship in Boarding School

Posted by Fr. Zoy Garibay on Nov 2, 2017 3:22:22 PM

The education of a child does not rest solely inside the walls of a classroom, nor is it limited within the confines of a school building or its campus. Rather, it goes beyond that—back to the child’s home and to wherever the child is at in the company of parents or delegated adults. Thus, the relationship between parents and teachers are crucial to the effective education of the child. Not only parents and teachers, but also other staff members, supervisors, and administrators must work collaboratively in order to be effective in this enterprise.

Note: Want to know more about how SLS goes beyond the books to teach students? Read about it in our blog here!

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Academics

How Private School Can Be Affordable

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 12, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Making important, sometimes life-changing decisions can be a intimidating task, especially when it comes to choosing where to send your child to high school. Deciding what school to choose and worrying if it is the right choice for you and your student can bog you down. That is why it’s important to research thoroughly and speak with your child and family to figure out what the best fit is. Whether you and your child are interested in a public high school, a private day school or a private boarding school, it is important that you understand all your options and opportunities. This includes options for financial aid at schools that at first glance, don’t seem at all affordable. Private schools can be affordable, read on to learn exactly how this is so.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Financial Aid

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

5 Benefits of Earning College Credit in High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Sep 14, 2017 2:55:00 PM

Throughout high school, students should begin thinking about their future college goals. There are several things that can be done to prepare accordingly. Among these is earning college credit through advanced placement courses, dual-credit programs, and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams.

St. Lawrence Seminary High School believes that this is one of the most resourceful things a student can do — and here’s why.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School

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

5 Differences Between Boarding School and Private Day School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Aug 17, 2017 1:30:00 PM

It’s safe to say that at the core, all schools strive to educate their students and prepare them for success after graduation.

It’s also true that each school takes various approaches to help their students reach their goals, and when it comes to boarding school versus private day school, they can have many similarities but they can also be very different.

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

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

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

7 Ways to Learn Over the Summer

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jul 27, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Summer is the best opportunity for students to relax and enjoy time off from school. This highly anticipated time of  year is the perfect excuse for teenagers to do whatever they like, which can often lead to a lot of unproductive days.

There are many fun and beneficial activities for students to involve themselves in over the summer that can help them develop useful skills while also enjoying their break.

Note: We invite you to Light on the Hill, St. Lawrence Seminary High School’s blog targeted at prospective and current St. Lawrence students (and their parents!).

Below are seven summer activity ideas that your teenager can utilize to inspire learning during the summer months!

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Topics: Ministry, Boarding School for High School, Extracurriculars

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