St. Laurence was once led by Christian Brothers who lived on the property and whose needs were provided by the order. Today our boys are taught by lay educators who earn salaries, a major portion of the school budget. Our faculty are the heart of our school. They are committed to St. Laurence, Catholic education and our students. Increasing compensation will allow us to award immediate salary increases to master’s-level faculty, hire additional experts in specialized fields, support training and professional development, and increase stipends to our athletic coaches. An investment of $1.5 million will fund these plans until 2020 when increased enrollment will fund these costs.
Though we have worked hard to contain tuition for our families, 80 percent of our 500+ boys have a demonstrated financial need and find it a challenge to afford the full cost of a Catholic high school education. We want to be able to provide a St. Laurence education to any family that wants it. Our goal is to increase enrollment to 600 by 2020. An investment of $2.5 million in student aid will ensure we can provide financial assistance to every student who needs it. This will allow us to recruit students, maintain our needs-blind admissions process, and stay competitive with other Catholic and independent high schools.
TECHNOLOGIES AND FACILITIES
A 21st-century education is about discovery, problem solving, research, and collaboration. It also requires us to keep pace with a digital world. An investment of $600,000 will fund high technology classrooms and offices. Our 54-year-old building is showing its age, which has led to recent improvements including a new boiler system, floor abatement, a new multi-purpose turf room, and a new varsity basketball locker room. We delayed other updates to save funds for student aid, but we cannot delay any longer. An investment of $400,000 will update our floors and cafeteria. It is our goal to bring our physical campus in line with our academic and athletic programs