St. Lawrence Seminary Academics

Academics

St. Lawrence Seminary High School follows a seven period class day, with two additional study hall periods. The periods are forty-five minutes in length.  The overall academic curriculum of St. Lawrence reflects a strong bias toward college preparation.  The following subjects are available to students:

Freshmen

  • Freshmen Theology
  • Physical Education 9
  • Freshman English
  • World History
  • Freshmen Guidance
  • Health
  • Algebra or Geometry
  • General Science or Biology
  • Foreign Language or Design and Process

Juniors

  • Christian Morality
  • World Religions
  • Physical Education 11
  • American Literature
  • US History
  • Advanced Algebra or Pre-Calculus
  • Chemistry or Physics
  • Foreign Language (if needed)
  • Health (if needed)
  • Other Elective
   

Sophomores

  • Jesus of History, Christ of Faith
  • Prayer and Sacraments
  • Physical Education 10
  • English 10
  • American Government
  • US History
  • Geometry or Advanced Algebra
  • Biology or Chemistry
  • Computer Applications
  • Music Theory or Music Appreciation
  • Foreign Language

Seniors

  • Senior Theology
  • Physical Education 12
  • World Literature*
  • Pre-Calculus, Algebra 3, or Calculus*
  • Physics, Advanced Chemistry*, or Biology II*
  • Classical Humanities
  • Post Classical Humanities
  • Other Electives
   

Electives

  • Woodshop
  • Advanced Woodshop
  • Art
  • Advanced Art
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Advances Mechanical Drawing
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Advanced Computer Applications
  • Creative Writing
  • Social Problems I & II
  • Psychology I & II
  • Economics
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Literary Genres*
  • World Literature*
  • Modern World Literature*
  • Introduction to Christian Theology*

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish
  • German
  • Latin

* Dual Credit Course option is available

* St Lawrence Seminary High School partners with Marian University of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while taking courses at St Lawrence. The courses are taken on campus and are taught by St. Lawrence instructors. To be eligible for this program, the student must have a GPA of 3.20 or higher and be a junior or senior. St. Lawrence Seminary does not charge any extra fees for participation in the dual credit program. However, students do pay an additional charge directly to Marian University which includes a discounted fee per credit hour.

Vacation Reading


Students have some required reading assignments over the summer and Christmas breaks.

Drivers’ Education


Drivers’ Education is a non-credit course for juniors and seniors. It offers classroom instruction on Sunday nights and behind-the-wheel experience.

ACT / SAT TESTS

Juniors begin the college application process by taking either the ACT and/or SAT tests. About 90% of SLS students take the ACT, achieving an average composite score of 24.3, higher than the State of Wisconsin (22.1) and national averages (20.9), and compares well with other similar private schools in Wisconsin.

Graduation Requirements

Total Credits Required - 24

Of the credits needed for graduation, the following are the State of Wisconsin requirements:

4.0 credits

English, including writing and composition

3.0 credits

Social Science, including state and local governments

3.0 credits

Mathematics

3.0 credits

Science

1.5 credits

Physical Education

0.5 credits

Health education, taken from 7th to 12th grade

In addition to the State of Wisconsin requirements, St. Lawrence requires some courses for graduation. Specific course requirements may be waived for transfer students.

Religion

Each semester, appropriate to the grade level

Freshman Guidance

Two semesters (freshmen year)

Computer Applications

One semester (sophomore year)

Music

One semester (sophomore year)

Humanities

One semester (senior year)

Quarterly Evaluations

At the middle and end of every quarter, the faculty, along with the student supervisory staff, meets to discuss every student’s progress. These discussions attempt to measure the student’s success in fulfilling the school’s objectives and the student profile, both academically and behaviorally. Prior to the meeting, the Academic Dean compiles a list of names of those students who are academically deficient (receiving a D or F) in their classes. Recommendations for assistance for the student may be made at this time, such as extra study halls, mandatory tutoring, working one on one with teachers, or assigning them to a faculty mentor. Parents will be notified about any area of concern brought forward at these meetings.  The fourth quarter evaluation also addresses the question of the student’s return for the next year. This judgment is made on an individual’s overall growth during the past year. A student whose behavior and academics show reasonable progress will be invited to return.