The well-rounded educational program is enhanced by auxiliary classes that provide instruction in Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Band, Library Science, Music, and Technology. Beginning at the preschool level, students study the Spanish language and customs in order to foster a better understanding of the culture, geography, and history of various Hispanic countries. Students are expected to be able to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish. The Spanish Clubs hosts special programs, such as celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe when the children put on a play about Juan Diego and Mary for our school and celebrate with a special Mass which includes a mariachi band.
An extensive fine arts curriculum develops children’s creative talents in Art, Music, and Band. Children learn about famous artists and composers and become competent in expressing themselves through media and song. Our students also enjoy the creativity in our art programs. There they learn drawing techniques, pottery making using a kiln, building sculptures, working with oil pastels and paints, and even submitting artwork to local competitions. The possibilities are endless in our art rooms! SLCS produces major musical programs and plays as it encourages artistic expression. The SLCS band program is open to fifth through eighth grade students. Members of our award winning band program compete for spots in the Houston Area Private School Honor Band and the Junior High Regional Band. The superior-rated middle school band competes at band festivals within Texas. The physical education program offers students a chance to excel athletically as it focuses on motor skills, good nutrition, and health as well as the development of lifetime fitness.
At St. Laurence, a great deal of emphasis is placed on using technology to assist student learning. Classrooms are equipped with at least four computers and a computer-linked TV monitor. Each classroom has access to interactive learning using Smart Board technology. Additionally, the library/media center and two fully equipped computer labs are available for large group instruction and research. Two computer literacy teachers instruct children in various applications, computer skills, and Internet ethics. St. Laurence students in seventh and eighth grades have the opportunity to be an integral part of the production of the school yearbook, where they take and edit photos, and work on placement alongside our publishing company. An integration specialist also assists teachers in integrating technology with instruction across the curriculum. Teachers maintain their own web pages and web links for communication with school families. By graduation, students are equipped with the life-long skill of word processing and are able to create presentations, spreadsheets, and multimedia applications using many different programs.