Posted on July 18, 2019 · Posted in Academic News, Blog, General, News, Press Release

Readers of the Daily Southtown have voted St. Laurence High School the “Best Private School” in its Best of Chicago’s Southland contest for the fifth consecutive year.

Voted on by local readers, the Best of Chicago’s Southland has recognized the top businesses and organizations in the area for nearly two decades.

The 2018-19 school year was full of milestones for St. Laurence. Twenty-four seniors were named Illinois State Scholars, which represents the top 10% of seniors in the state. This was the highest percentage of Illinois State Scholars in the senior class since 1976. The Class of 2019 also earned an average of $136,500 per student in college scholarship dollars, the highest average in school history by more than $23,000.

The academic success was propelled by the school’s STEM curriculum and project-based learning method. St. Laurence was the first school in Illinois to earn AdvancED’s STEM accreditation in 2017. To go with the top-flight, 21st century STEM education, St. Laurence students receive real-world experience through valuable partnerships with local companies that are leaders in medicine, electrical engineering, entrepreneurship, education and artificial intelligence. Students also take advantage of a free 10-week ACT prep course that increases scores by an average of 4 points.

The Vikings also boast one of the most successful athletic programs in the area. The 2018-19 school year was headlined by a second in state finish by the St. Laurence baseball team, which was also ranked among the best programs in the nation. Additionally, the Vikings won IHSA Sectional titles in girls volleyball and boys track, IHSA Regional titles in boys soccer, boys basketball and girls softball, and conference titles in girls softball and girls track. In the classroom, the Vikings had 267 student-athletes earn All-Conference honors, while 18 teams won the IHSA Team Academic Award.

More exciting things are in store for St. Laurence, as the school announced in March it is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School, a process that takes two years to complete. In doing so, St. Laurence will join just 37 high schools in Illinois to offer the IB Diploma Program (DP), only 3 of which are Catholic schools. Additionally, St. Laurence remains the leader in academics among local schools and will be the only Catholic school in Chicago’s south side area to offer the IB Diploma Program.

St. Laurence will hold Open Houses on Sunday, October 6 and Sunday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Prospective students are also invited to Columbus Day Viking Visits on October 11 or 14, or to set up a separate shadow day on the day of their choosing. To see the full list of admissions events, please visit