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This page is designed to answer the questions and alleviate the concerns of parents thinking about sending their children to boarding school for high school. It will debunk commonly accepted myths and offer information regarding the value of boarding school, success rates of boarding school graduates, and will outline what questions parents should consider when looking at prospective boarding schools.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT BOARDING SCHOOL

Perhaps you’ve heard that boarding schools are entirely too exclusive, that they lack diversity, or that only troubled kids are sent to boarding school. We want to help you separate fact from fiction by shedding light on some of the common myths surrounding what a boarding school experience can offer a high school student.

THE BENEFITS OF BOARDING SCHOOL

While a higher population of students attend either public or private high schools, the statistics show that boarding schools offer a much larger RETURN ON INVESTMENT. Boarding schools are known to prepare students for the next stage of their academic career without focusing too much on academics. Self-discipline, maturity, critical thinking, and a sense of independence are all examples of how boarding schools deliver a holistic high school experience — but don’t just take our word for it. Scroll down to see the statistics about boarding school.

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QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN COMPARING BOARDING SCHOOLS

As a parent, you probably have several questions that go along with what it means to send your child to boarding school. When comparing boarding schools, be sure to consider these ten questions:

1. What are the qualification standards of the faculty teaching at the boarding school? SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY.

2. How is the school’s mission unique compared to other similar schools?

3. How does your school encourage and implement a sense of community between student-to-student and student-to-teacher? SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY.

How will I be able to get in contact with my son when I want/need to?

What kind of extracurricular activities are available to students?

What kind of financial aid is available to my family?

How does your school support students with homesickness? SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY.

What measure do your faculty and staff take to prepare my child for college and/or adult life?

What student mentorship/discipleship opportunities are available for students?

What are the most common words used by alumni to describe their experience having graduated from this boarding school? SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY.

THE SLS DIFFERENCE

How St. Lawrence Seminary High School Stands out Amongst the Rest

The Advantage of Attending a Faith-based, Catholic Boarding School
An excellent academic program is essential in preparing a student for college and life thereafter — but it is not the only value there is. Faith-based schools operate from the principle that the education of a person is not limited to the intellectual sphere. Instead, these schools go beyond to encompass the spiritual aspects of the person.

Students who attend faith-based schools are enriched by a curriculum of arts, sciences, and religion. But again, boarding schools strive for more than just academic excellence — therefore, students who attend a faith-based boarding school are surrounded by opportunities to form a strong conscience and moral character that leads to a wholesome life.

MISSION AND VALUES

MISSION

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, who prepare for a life of ministry as priests, religious and lay leaders in the Church and world.

VALUES

SPIRITUALITY
Fostering a relationship
with Jesus that directs a
lifetime

DIVERSITY
Building fraternity
and community by
respecting and
celebrating uniqueness

SOCIAL SKILLS
Interacting in an
effective, positive and
respectful manner

HUMBLE COMMITMENT
Serving by sacrificing
for others

KNOWLEDGE
Pursuing academic,
moral and spiritual
depth

SAFE COMMUNITY
Providing the physical
and emotional freedom
that assists learning,
growing and exploring

St. Lawrence Seminary High School is ahead of the game when it comes to preparing its students for academic and spiritual success.

St. Lawrence Seminary High School is a college-preparatory Catholic boarding school deep in the heart of Wisconsin. At SLS, we provide a quality education that encourages young men of faith to embrace their full potential and graduate as men with substantial leadership capabilities. We do this by offering a holistic program that focuses on more than just academics.

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PARENT TESTIMONIAL

Jody Tran-Le is a mother of four boys. Her two oldest boys graduated from St. Lawrence Seminary High School, her third is currently at SLS, and her fourth is waiting for his turn to go.

“We noticed drastic changes with our son from the time he entered SLS until now.

First, in his maturity/responsibility levels — He's always looking out for his siblings as well as others, he takes responsibilities for his actions, assist others when needed, he's more caring for the less fortunate, and always thinking about other people’s well-being before himself.

Second, in his respectability — He treats everybody with respect, and he understands that to “earn respect” he needs to “show respect.”

Third, in his conservativeness — He understands the value of a dollar and what it takes to earn it. He has become very frugal.

Fourth, in his friendship/brotherhood — SLS is very diverse when it comes to the ethnicity of the students. The school has helped built a friendship/brotherhood for my son with his classmates worldwide that will last a lifetime. Up to this day, our son still keeps in touch with a majority of his classmates via social media, emails, phone, etc.

Fifth, in his college preparation — SLS has done a lot of things to prepare our son(s) for college. The school has helped to prepare him for dorm life and to be independent. The class standards and expectation levels are high which greatly helped him to be more prepared for the college level education.

Sixth, in his faith — the most important thing that we’ve gained from having our son attend SLS is that he has become more spiritual. His faith with the Franciscan Friars and Catholicism has grown stronger and stronger. He's always looking for opportunities to help the less fortunate.

We’ve gained a son that is more confidence about who he is, who has a strong will in what he believes in, who knows what it means to be “respectful”, and who is a great “helping hands” to others.

[Sending our sons to St. Lawrence] was the best decision we could’ve made and if we had to turn back the clock, we would not have changed a thing. To this day, we can't thank the staff enough for the wonderful job that they've done to mold our son(s) in the positive way they have.”

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BOARDING SCHOOL CHECKLIST

For any additional inquiries, Francisco Sauceda, the Director of Admissions and Recruitment, is available to answer questions. Please contact Francisco at fsauceda@stlawrence.edu or (920) 753-7518.

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