Where Leadership Begins.
St. Laurence is a place of transformation.
Where courageous leaders are shaped
by spirituality and technology, academics
and athletics. Where the Catholic school
experience is evolving to meet a dynamic
future. Where young men and women learn
to make a difference in their community
and the world.
VALUES OF A ST. LAURENCE STUDENT
Our MissionSt. Laurence is a Catholic college preparatory high school rooted
in the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother
Education. We develop courageous leaders through problem
solving and discovery in a diverse community centered on God
and the pursuit of excellence in academics and athletics.
Break the MoldSt. Laurence blends the best of tradition and innovation, providing a great student experience while embracing a changing world.
We’re the first STEM-accredited high school in Illinois, with a curriculum built around project-based learning in a team-driven environment, and rooted in the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education.
ST. LAURENCE STUDENTS
Introduction to high paying, in-demand careers
Exposure to different career paths
Familiarizes students with technology
are confident, courageous learners
who specialize in innovation and
creativity. Vikings graduate prepared for
not only college, but for the modern workforce.
Strengthened ability to work with others
Communication skills built through collaboration and presentation
Critical thinking rooted in problem solving
St. Laurence prepares students for learning in a digital world with a 1:1 iPad program, ClearTouch smartboards, WiFi access points throughout the building and a 3-D printer, among other resources.
Voted “Best Private School” in the Southland four years straight
A UNIQUE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Our new coed model – single-gender classes for
freshmen and sophomores, coed for upperclassmen –
balances diversity and focus.
32% increase in national testing percentile from STL entrance
exam to ACT.
Score for AP and Honors Students
24School Average ACT
Nearly ¼ of O’Toole Scholars score a
30 or higher on the ACT
Academic ExcellenceThe numbers don’t lie – our unique STEM curriculum has led to higher test scores and greater academic success for our students.
42% of students enrolled in
14% increase in Illinois
State Scholars since implementation of STEM curriculum
97% of kids go to college
14:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
25 Average Class Size
44 electives offered
80%to 4 year universities
Rooted in the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Education
PERU ADVOCACY TRIP
This summer, students traveled to Peru to participate in advocacy projects that went beyond just helping those in need. Students built houses and visited the Christian Brothers School in Lima in an effort to help build up the entire community, while also bringing home experiences and life lessons that will last forever.
EDMUND RICE EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS
Students connect with fellow Christian Brothers students from around the world to solve global problems through advocacy projects. In addition to addressing issues around the world, students in this class promote inclusivity and community within the halls of St. Laurence.
We value the importance of celebrating mass as a community and empower students to lead liturgies in partnership with Campus Ministry.
Retreats are offered at every grade level, including Kairos for juniors and seniors, as opportunities to grow your personal relationship with God. Students are also able to lead these retreats after participating, demonstrating leadership in their faith.
FOUR YEARS OF THEOLOGY CLASSES
A greater understanding of our faith is forged through a diverse spiritual learning experience in our project-based environment. Topics include bible studies, the history of Blessed Edmund Rice, peace and justice, morality, Christian living and world religions.
Our educational community goes hand-in-hand with our spirituality, reflected in prayer throughout the day.
We show our students the power of service in action. Beyond encouraging them to help those in need, we empower them to initiate and advocate for causes they truly believe in.
We transform the whole person through problem solving and self-discovery, with a focus on leadership development.
As the school “Where Leadership Begins,” we are committed to providing students unparalleled opportunities to be the world’s next great leaders. Here are some of the resources we offer students.
THE LEADERSHIP CENTER
This two-story building houses two large conference rooms, three meeting/break-out rooms and a leadership library. It’s used for classes, club meetings, spiritual and leadership retreats and workshops and more.
IRONS OAKS OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER
All freshmen participate in a one-day retreat of challenging courses and activities to enhance team building and problem-solving skills, which give students a chance to develop abilities and to collaborate, cooperate, and work together as a team.
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOPS
Identifying the need to connect our female students with successful female role models, these workshops were created in 2017. Once a month, a group of female students meet with accomplished women from a variety of different industries to not only hear about their personal paths to success, but to instill confidence that students can someday attain similar accolades.
We are the only Catholic school in the area to offer Leadership courses as part of its curriculum. Sophomores are required to take Character and Leadership, while juniors and seniors can take Organizational Leadership as an elective.
Leadership conferences bring the best and brightest from across the state, country and world together to help students grow as leaders. Our students have traveled to London, Washington, D.C., Florida and throughout Illinois for these opportunities.
SPORTS AT ST. LAURENCE
Cheerleading (Club Sport)
Boys Cross Country
Girls Cross Country
Hockey (Club Sport)
Boys Track and Field
Girls Track and Field
Our commitment to supporting the development of our student-athletes
both on and off the field has led to one of the area’s premier
Boys Track & Field
Boys Track & Field
2018 Gatorade Player of the Year
Matt McCormick, Baseball
Student-athletes from the Class of 2018 signed to play
their sport in college
2017-18 Success AWARD WINNING COACHES
A winning program cannot be built without great leadership. See some of the awards our coaches have recently received:
BASEBALL COACH PETE LOTUS
5-time Lawless Award Winner (Given to the most outstanding coach in the Chicago Catholic League in each sport)
FOOTBALL COACH HAROLD BLACKMON
2016 Daily Southtown Coach of the Year and 2-time Lawless Award Winner
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL COACH ELLEN YOPCHICK
American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 Award
GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH GEORGE SHIMKO
2016-17 Daily Southtown Coach of the Year
TRACK AND FIELD COACH DARRELL REED
2018 Lawless Award Winner
DIRECTOR OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE
In a first of its kind program among high schools in the area, Director of Sports Performance Brad Leshinske oversees strength and conditioning for ALL St. Laurence students. Brad provides individualized, sport-specific workout plans based on personal fitness assessments, with growth tracked by a mobile app.
in State for Boys Track & Field
IHSHL Hockey JV Division Champions
Wrestlers qualified for state
Illinois State Scholars24
$ 20Mearned in college scholarships
3Chick Evans Scholars
When you’re part of the St. Laurence family, you’re part of something bigger. Our graduates go on to do amazing things, achieving high levels of success in various diverse fields.
Make Your Mark
The Class of 2018 BY THE NUMBERS
20states across the countryGraduates attending college in
“In my past experiences, learning mostly consisted of taking pages of notes and getting lectured at for an hour or so. St. Laurence shifted the narrative for me and provided my classmates and me with real-life problems along with the tools we needed to figure them out. I am very proud to say that the project based learning approach St. Laurence takes has prepared me for college and a world beyond the four walls of a classroom.”
“St. Laurence has equipped me with the tools necessary to leverage my potential and hone my abilities to effectively navigate corporate America as a young businessman. Not only was I challenged academically, I also was provided real world experience in fields that interest me, and I had the privilege of networking with many successful alumni and industry leaders. I earned full college scholarships for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, and STL played a huge role in that.”
“At St. Laurence, it always felt like the faculty had my back. We developed special relationships with teachers and coaches, and they never hesitated to advocate for me. A lot of the opportunities I had in high school came from teachers that went out of their way to help me succeed. Those opportunities helped me build a strong resume which is why I will have the chance to attend a top university.”
University of AlabamaArizona StateUniversity of DaytonUniversity of KansasDePaul UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIllinois Institute of TechnologyThe University of ChicagoMarquette University
Loyola UniversityPurdue UniversityWestern Michigan UniversityAir Force AcademyNC State UniversitySan Diego State UniversityUniversity of ArizonaBoston CollegePomona CollegeTulane University
University of Miami-OxfordUniversity of DenverUniversity of NebraskaUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoIllinois State UniversitySouthern Illinois UniversityValparaiso UniversityUnited States Military AcademyUniversity of LouisvilleGeorge Washington University
1Posse Foundation Scholar
Keath Carter ’18
Pomona College Class of 2022
Brigid Mundt ’18
Tulane University Class of 2022
Dan Carroll ’18
Boston College Class of 2022
Here are just a few of the schools our graduates are currently attending:
At St. Laurence, we are proud to say that 100% of students participate in an extra-curricular activity. Here are some of our most popular clubs and organizations:
Bass FishingBlack and Gold MachineComedy ClubComputer Lab Assistant ProgramDramaMath TeamModel United NationsNational Honor SocietyPeer MediationPeer MinistryRock Club
Rock ClimbingScholastic BowlScience ClubSki ClubSpanish ClubSports MediaStudent CouncilTable Top GamingYearbook…and more!
A team presents their company for this year’s Team of Teams Shark Tank competition
TEAM OF TEAMS
Team of Teams is an opportunity for teachers and students to work together, build rapport, and complete objectives and challenges for points, in a spirit of friendly competition. Every student in the school is placed in Team of Teams. Each team is randomly comprised of students across grades, allowing them to foster relationships with peers they don’t regularly interact with in a classroom setting. Members of each team work on specified projects together while focusing on the development of team building, school participation, service, and problem solving.
With so many offerings at St. Laurence, you can pursue your passions – and make new friends along the way!
St. Laurence’s music program offers options for students of different skill and interest levels. Performance-based courses are taught in Prep Band for beginners, along with Performance Band. History of Pop Music is also available to students as an elective. The band plays three shows per year and also participates in the State of the Art band competition. Additionally, students can participate in Jazz Band or Rock Club, both of which are after-school activities.
Theatre was reborn at St. Laurence in 2017 with our drama club, The STL Players. There is no shortage of opportunity with this program, as students can take the stage as actors or work behind the scenes as stagehands. In its first year, the group put on two shows: a live radio drama of “It’s A Wonderful Life” in December and “12 Angry Jurors” in April.
ARTS IN THE CLASSROOM
Students put their creativity and curiosity on full display with a host of elective offerings in the arts. Courses include Introduction to Art, Computer Graphics, Creative Writing, Film Study and Production and Journalism.
The STL Players show off their acting skills in their performance of “12 Angry Jurors.”
While St. Laurence maintains one of the most affordable tuitions in the area, we still provide our students differentiated programs that put them on a path to success in college and beyond.
ACT Prep Course All juniors participate in a 10-week ACT prep course that is built into the school day. Led by a Washington University professor and STL staff, the results of this program have been staggering: the most recent participants averaged a 4.5 point increase in their scores by the course’s completion.
Dual Enrollment Partnerships with Robert Morris University, Saint Xavier University and Lewis University provide students opportunities to earn college credit hours at a significant discount.
CAREER EXPLORER PROGRAMS
Medical Career Program Students shadow employees in different areas of local hospitals and then spend a semester volunteering in their area of interest.
Entrepreneurship Career Program Students visit startups and technology incubators throughout Chicago to see what a modern, 21st century business looks like.
Computer Engineering Career Program Students visit the IBEW Electrical Union to take classes in Cisco and Information Technology Essentials
UNMATCHED RESOURCES FOR YOUR CHILD
St. Laurence is proud to offer its students and families unique resources that are not found at many other Catholic schools. We feel it is our duty to make sure all students have access to care when it is needed. While other schools have cut these positions and programs, we prioritize them.
• A registered nurse and psychotherapist on-site at all times to take care of any physical or emotional issues a student may face.
• A Resource Director, who works with the student services team to ensure the needs of all students are met. In addition, the Resource Director works with the Viking plus Program teachers and students as well as students who have service plans such as IEPs or 504s. This ensures that students receive necessary accommodation and assistance to maintain success in the classroom and beyond.
• Counselors utilize Naviance, a comprehensive college and career readiness program that helps align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.
• Elyssa’s Mission, a foundation that provides help, support and suicide prevention programs to prevent teen suicide.
Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $10,250. Payments are withdrawn over a twelve month period (May through April) through FACTS Management either on the 5th or the 20th of each month.
Family Discounts A $1,000 discount is given to a family when two siblings attend St. Laurence at the same time. Beyond two siblings, cases are handled with our financial aid office.
Alumni Discount Sons and daughters of St. Laurence High School alumni automatically receive $1,250 off tuition.
The Leader/Scholar Award recognizes those who excel not only in the classroom, but in extracurriculars and the community as well. Students must identify themselves as someone who has outstanding leadership qualities, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their 7th grade year and no lower than a C in core classes, be involved in at least one extracurricular activity and have a good disciplinary record. Winners of this award receive a scholarship for all four years, provided they keep up with program standards.
The O’Toole Scholarship is awarded to the top testers in the Entrance Exam at St. Laurence. This award may be retained for all four years as long as the student takes A.P. or honors level courses, keeps an acceptable disciplinary record, and maintains a B average.
The Viking Award Is available to any student. Criteria includes academic achievement, community and Christian service, and participation in clubs or activities. All applications for the Viking Award will be reviewed to determine eligibility.
The Christian Brother Award is available to students based upon financial need. Students requesting this award will be required to complete a financial aid application form for all four years at St. Laurence. Each application will be reviewed for eligibility.
Check out all of the financial aid and scholarship opportunities St. Laurence has to offer at stlaurence.com/financialaid.
St. Laurence High School abides by all policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the IHSA. In doing so, St. Laurence High School does not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations of IHSA policy may result in loss of eligibility for the student, coach and/or school. In recognition of our shared ministry, we and other Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago also do not promise, predict or otherwise allude to specific dollar amounts regarding tuition assistance or financial aid before a student takes the entrance exam. We will promote the best attributes of our own school while respecting the legacy and traditions of other Catholic high schools.
W. 95th St.
S. Cicero A
LA GRANGE PARK
We proudly serve students from a wide range of neighborhoods in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Our bus service is safe and affordable, and we work with families to ensure that pick-up and drop-off locations are convenient for them.
St. Laurence provides students from over 180 grammar schools and nearly 70 zip codes a transformative educational experience.
5556 W 77th St Burbank, IL 60459
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Saturday, September 22Grade School Soccer Tournament
Sunday, September 23Girls Volleyball Clinic 9-10:30 am $20
Sunday, September 23Boys Basketball Clinic 11 am-12:30 pm $10
Wednesday, September 26Personal Tour Night 7-8 pm
Friday, October 5Columbus Day Viking Visit
Free Girls Softball Clinic and Boys Basketball Clinics for students attending Viking Visit
Monday, October 8Free Girls Basketball and Boys Baseball Clinics for students attending Viking Visit
Saturday, October 138th Grade Math Contest
Sunday, October 14Open House 1 10 am to Noon
Thursday, October 18Personal Tour Night 7-8 pm
Sunday, October 28Boys Basketball Clinic 11 am-12:30 pm $10
Sunday, November 4Open House 2 10 am to Noon
Monday, November 12 Veteran’s Day Viking Visit
Wednesday, November 14Personal Tour Night 7-8 pm
Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25Grade School Girls Volleyball Tournament
Thursday, November 29Leader/Scholar Ceremony
Saturday, December 1Entrance Exam 8 am
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