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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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5 Simple Reasons to Choose St. Lawrence Seminary High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jul 16, 2018 5:34:25 PM

Choosing a new school for your child is a difficult decision. There are many questions you have to answer as a parent and even more you have to answer for your child. There are many reasons why St. Lawrence Seminary High School is a fantastic choice for your son, but let’s keep it simple and stick to our top 5 reasons why we love SLS.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, Academics, Mission & Values, College & Life Preparation

How SLS Helps Young Men Grow in Virtue

Posted by Katie Daane on Feb 1, 2018 2:55:00 PM

When you ask what makes St. Lawrence Seminary special, you are likely to get a range of answers, depending on who you’ve asked. But nearly every answer will lead you back to SLS’s Mission and Values. These core beliefs are at the heart of every rationale, decision, and aspect of our program. Over the course of two, three, or four years, boys who are daring enough to embrace our program grow into impressive young men of faith. We ask a lot of our students, but we work to instill in them the tools they need to live these core values of St. Lawrence Seminary.

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Topics: Faith & Formation, Mission & Values, College & Life Preparation

How and Why You Should Build Your Network in High School

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jan 25, 2018 2:51:00 PM

A few years ago, at St. Lawrence Seminary, a senior was applying to the prestigious United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The Rector at the time helped write a letter of recommendation for him, but also put him in touch with an alumnus of St. Lawrence who had graduated from the Naval Academy.

As the  alumnus and senior began to talk to each other, they found they shared an excitement about St. Lawrence and the education they had in common, but also that they shared a common love for the Naval Academy. The alumnus was able to talk to the senior about life at the Naval Academy and give him advice about applying, getting accepted, and eventually thriving in a military academy.

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Topics: College & Life Preparation

17 Life Skills You Should Learn Before College

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Jan 4, 2018 12:00:00 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 sort 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, problem solving, time management and sensitive to a wide variety of personal differences in peers, and displaying aptitude for loyalty, dependability and competence.

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Topics: College & Life Preparation

How to Start the Conversation About Applying to College

Posted by Katie Daane on Sep 21, 2017 11:15:00 AM

For many parents, the conversation of where their child is going to attend college begins at an early age, as early as elementary school for some. But for many students, the gauntlet that is the college admissions process isn’t considered until the immediate future, sometimes not until a student’s junior or senior year. But no matter where your child falls on the continuum of considering colleges and entering the admissions process, there are steps you can take to make it as easy as possible.

Read on for a few ways to start the conversation with your child about applying to college.

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Topics: Residential Life & Co-curricular Activities, College & Life Preparation

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: Boarding School for High School, College & Life Preparation

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, College & Life Preparation

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, College & Life Preparation, Alumni

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, Academics, College & Life Preparation

Life in the Real World: Taxed Enough Already!

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Oct 11, 2016 2:56:00 PM

St. Lawrence Seminary High School is not only dedicated to educating its students in the ways of academics and the Catholic faith, but also, St. Lawrence sees the importance of preparing its students for success in “the real world.”

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Topics: College & Life Preparation