The St. Lawrence Curriculum

A St. Lawrence education prepares students to think critically and creatively, to examine and express their ideas and values, to understand those whose beliefs and circumstances may be different from their own, and to pursue an understanding of the natural world and human experience. A St. Lawrence education encourages and develops within students the virtues important for lifelong learning, such as inquisitiveness, perceptiveness, intellectual honesty and humility, fair consideration of evidence, respectful treatment of those with whom one is in dialog, and a commitment to the free exchange of ideas. These virtues promote within students a personal ethic of considered values and the capacity to fully realize their abilities as people and local, national, and global citizens. As part of a St. Lawrence education, all students should develop knowledge of the importance of cultural, natural, political, and socio-economic systems in shaping one another.  

To realize this vision, a St. Lawrence education is designed to develop:  

  1. an ability to speak and write clearly, articulately, and persuasively; 

  1. an ability to acquire, evaluate, and communicate information; 

  1. an ability to analyze and resolve complex problems, both independently and collaboratively; 

  1. an ability to reason quantitatively, logically, and/or symbolically; 

  1. an ability to integrate knowledge from multiple perspectives; 

  1. an ability to critique and/or create artistic works; 

  1. a knowledge of the complexity and diversity of the human experience;  

  1. a knowledge of the complexity and diversity of the natural world;  

  1. a depth of understanding in at least one field; and 

  1. a capacity to examine critically the relationship between humans and technologies.