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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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What's the Difference Between a Boarding School and Private School?

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on May 7, 2019 12:34:00 PM

Choosing a school for your son is an important consideration. Both private schools and boarding schools offer many benefits, but there are a few key differences. At St. Lawrence, we find these differences provide more opportunities for students to form lasting relationships while also learning how to be independent in a safe environment.

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Topics: Admissions & Financial Aid, College & Life Preparation

7 Vital Skills To Be a Successful Student

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Dec 3, 2018 4:59:42 PM

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

10 Questions to Ask When Comparing Boarding Schools

Posted by Francisco Sauceda on Nov 8, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Choosing a boarding school for your son isn’t easy. You may have concerns about what life is like a boarding school or how well your son will be prepare for college. There are many factors to consider.

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Topics: Boarding School for High School, College & Life Preparation

A New Academic Year Means New Beginnings

Posted by Katie Daane on Sep 10, 2018 2:06:00 PM

When parents prepare for the school year, they often focus on making sure their student has all the right supplies. As the school year nears, those students very often try to push all thoughts of school away, diving more intensely into the waning leisure of summer. When teachers prepare for the school year, their focuses can vary significantly, though, likely all of them are interested in making the upcoming year one of the most successful they can for their students. The students of St. Lawrence Seminary returned to the Hill much earlier than many students in other schools; however, they were met with enthusiastic teachers who all had a vision for the year ahead.

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

Getting the Most out of Summer Travel

Posted by Katie Daane on Aug 3, 2018 12:43:02 PM

As winter finally gives way to spring and summer, families often make plans for the nicer weather. For many, that includes a family vacation. With the pressures of school eased, families want to capitalize on their brief window to escape the daily schedule and make some enduring memories. So how can you make sure that your next family vacation is one that is filled with memorable experiences? It may take a little extra planning, but there are a few simple steps to getting the most out of summer travel.

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Topics: College & Life Preparation

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