About Us

Welcome to Saint Laurentius School!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
It is an honor and a privilege to be the principal of this wonderful school, and I firmly believe in all that Saint Laurentius School represents. I am grateful for the opportunity here to share with you the qualities and programs we offer that make SLS so special.

First, we are a family here. Your child becomes one of ours too. Due to our small class sizes, we are able to give students individualized attention tailored to meet their individual needs. At the heart of our education philosophy is a fundamental commitment to meet our students where they are and walk with them in academic, emotional, and spiritual growth throughout their time at SLS. We are able to accomplish this in large part due to the dedication of our wonderful teaching staff. Our teachers are life-long learners and are constantly seeking ways to develop in their own craft in order to better serve our students.

 
At SLS, we see our goal as two-fold: forming scholars and saints. We seek to make both academics and faith come alive for our students. Our STREAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) engages students in critical thinking by integrating learning across subject areas. Our teachers plan daily lessons with the use of technology and innovation in mind. Our classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and we enhance student learning through the use of one-to-one tools including Chromebooks and iPads. In addition, our Catholic faith guides everything we do, from attending weekly Mass as a school community, to treating one other with compassion, to the ways that we give back to our local community in service.

 
We are a school family devoted to a mission of nurturing our children academically, emotionally and spiritually. I look forward to partnering with you in this mission. God bless you, and know that our door is always open.

Mrs. Kelly Bell, M.Ed., Principal
Our Mission

Every morning, our school community starts the day reciting our Mission Statement:

"St. Laurentius School serves the children who are entrusted to our care by providing a quality academic education while proclaiming the Catholic faith and enforcing a strong value system. Utilizing a variety of resources, we provide opportunities for individual formation in a safe, caring and challenging environment that meet the needs and challenges for future lifelong learners in a global society."

We are firmly committed to educating the whole child:

mind, body & spirit.

Mind

We provide small class sizes which allows for individualized attention.

Not only do smaller class sizes afford more attention to each individual student, the smaller classes allow the students to develop better relationships with their fellow classmates and build community over the course of their time at SLS.

  • Our average Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten student to teacher ratio is 7:1
  • Our average student to teacher ratio in Grades 1-8 is 15:1 (compared to 33:1 for School District of Philadelphia)

Our school provides a strong academic foundation centered in our STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) with the intention of preparing our students for the unique and exciting challenges of the 21st century.

Our faculty offers a variety of inclusive and innovative teaching strategies in the classroom, such as project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and differentiation techniques designed to reach different types of learners.

Body

We believe in forming well-rounded students which is why we provide a diverse offering of in-school and after-school clubs, sports and activities. Through these offerings, we seek to develop student interest in the arts, athletics, and world language. Students have an opportunity to to grow their individual, God-given gifts while working together and practicing teamwork.

The following enrichment classes are included in weekly instruction: art, technology, music, Spanish, yoga and physical education.

Throughout the school year, St. Laurentius students regularly participate in the following after-school activities:

  • Catholic Youth Organization Sports
    St Laurentius participates in the Philadelphia Archdiocese Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs. In addition to basketball, soccer and track, our students participate in community service projects on a monthly basis. Participation in sports increases self -confidence and teaches our young athletes the importance of teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship.
  • Rock to the Future Organization
    Rock to the Future’s music lessons are offered for the ukulele and the guitar. Currently only six Philadelphia area schools participate in the program.
  • Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP)
    PAEP offers visual and performing arts classes after-school for students in grades 5-8. Taught by professional Teaching Artists, SLS students have the opportunity to rotate through various music, art and theater classes. SLS is the only Catholic school in the Archdiocese to offer the PAEP After School Program.
  • Vetri Cooking Lab
    Students learn practical cooking skills through a 10-week STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum-based, hands-on nutrition program.

Spirit

At the heart of Fishtown is St. Laurentius School, and at the heart of St. Laurentius School is our Catholic faith.

  • As a Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, St. Laurentius School instructs all students in Catholic teachings, values and the love of Jesus Christ.
  • Our virtues of honesty, reverence, faith, patience, charity, forgiveness, self-control and hope are woven into our STREAM curriculum. They permeate our school culture, routines and traditions.

Throughout the school year, St. Laurentius students regularly participate in:

  • Daily religion class
  • Holy Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation
  • Community feast days and liturgical events, such as Stations of the Cross and May Crowning of Mary
  • Daily prayer
  • Weekly school Mass at our school parish, Holy Name of Jesus Parish (701 Gaul Street)
  • Service opportunities in the Fishtown and greater Philadelphia community

STREAM

Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

In the Spring of 2019, our school was selected to become a pilot in a new Archdiocesan initiative: STREAM.

STREAM is a framework for creative instruction and a method of teaching concepts across a variety of subjects using a unique interdisciplinary, comprehensive and collaborative educational approach. This curriculum prompts students to see their learning as something that is integrated across subject areas and to engage students in a lifelong love of learning.

The St. Laurentius School’s STREAM curriculum includes:

Opportunities for problem-solving and student-led inquiry
Integration across disciplines that nurture student creativity
Experiments that promote student collaboration
Access to state of the art technology including a 3D printer
Emphasis on becoming true global citizens

Our faculty and staff maintain an emphasis on continuing their education to discover new ways to bring the STREAM curriculum to life into our classrooms.

Over half of our teachers hold Master’s degrees. Our faculty and staff have received teaching awards from the Barnes Foundation, the Foundation for Catholic Education’s Catholic Schools Hall of Fame and the Alliance for Catholic Education through the University of Notre Dame.

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