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Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of school is St. Lawrence Seminary High School?
St. Lawrence Seminary High School is a private, Catholic, seven-day residential school for young men, founded in 1860 by Capuchin Franciscans. It is a community and institution that exists to promote, foster, and live principles proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and articulated in the Roman Catholic Church. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Does everyone who goes to St. Lawrence become a priest?
No. St. Lawrence is a minor seminary. As such, its mission is to provide an opportunity for young Catholic men in high school to lay a foundation on which they can build a life of ministry in the Catholic Church as laymen, deacons, brothers or priests.
What percentage of St. Lawrence graduates go on to the seminary for college or on to religious life?
Most of our graduates marry and become active in ministry and as leaders in their parish. Many choose careers that impact people’s lives in a positive way.
How many St. Lawrence students are Catholic?
100% of our students are active, practicing Catholics.
What are your classrooms like?
Our teachers are lay, religious, men, women, priests, brothers, married and single. The student-teacher ratio is 9:1. Three teachers have a Ph..D., eight teachers have a Divinity Masters, twelve teachers have a Master's Degree, and seven have a B.A. or B.S. Degree.
How do your students compare academically with students from other schools?
St. Lawrence consistently sends 98% of our graduates on to post-secondary education. About 90% of St. Lawrence students take the ACT, achieving an average composite score between 23 - 24, higher than the State of Wisconsin and national averages, and compares well with other similar private schools in Wisconsin.
Do you offer college credit courses?
St. Lawrence offers an advanced program of study with Marian University of Fond du Lac. After successful completion of the coursework, Marian University issues a college transcript for the course. Qualified St. Lawrence teachers facilitate these classes on our campus. The material included in these classes follows Marian University syllabi and utilizes college textbooks. Classes offered as part of the dual-credit program include: Literary Genres, Modern World Literature, Calculus, Principles of Chemistry, and U.S. History.
What sports are offered at St. Lawrence?
In the fall we offer junior varsity and varsity soccer and cross-country. In the winter there is junior varsity and varsity wrestling and freshman, junior varsity and varsity basketball. In the spring we have junior varsity and varsity baseball and track. Throughout the year, those who do not participate in interscholastic sports play in a wide variety of intramurals. We also compete with other schools in forensics and math competitions.
Where do your students come from?
Our students come from all over the world and represent many social and economic backgrounds.
How diverse is the student body?
St. Lawrence Seminary admits students of any race, color and national origin. Generally, about one-third of the students are Caucasian, one-third Hispanic, and one-third Asian. Helping students to appreciate other cultures, as well as assisting them in gaining the necessary skills to live in a diverse community, is a strong part of the residential living program.
How many students are enrolled at St. Lawrence Seminary High School?
Our average enrollment is approximately 200.
Does St. Lawrence offer financial aid?
Yes. There are two types of financial aid.
What payment options are available?
Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card, or debit card. Domestic families can spread payments over one, two, four or ten installments. International families may make one or two payments a year.
Can students have cars at St. Lawrence?
No. Students are not allowed to have cars on campus. We do, however, offer Drivers’ Education as a class, for both international students and those from the United States. Students have frequent opportunities to go off campus, but they either walk, ride their bikes, or the school provides transportation.
When can I see my son? How often does he get to come home? When can I call him?
Sunday is family visiting day on campus. Students are allowed to sign out and leave campus, with the permission of the Rector, after Sunday morning liturgy, and can stay off campus until 7:00, when they must return for evening prayer.
The school publishes a list of times during which a student can normally be called to the phone; at other times messages will be taken for the students.
What is the most important thing about the admissions process?
The most important part of the admissions process is the Weekend Visit.
How do I find out more?
"This school has taught me how to take on responsibility. Here at Saint Lawrence I learned what it meant to be a practicing Catholic."