Boarding Program

A Boarding Tradition Rooted in Excellence Since 1854 

For over 160 years, Saint Stanislaus has upheld a rich tradition of boarding education, welcoming resident students from across the Gulf Coast region and around the world. Our boarding program offers a sanctuary – a home away from home – that fosters educational success and personal growth within a disciplined and structured environment.

The diverse mix of local and international boarding students creates a vibrant cultural tapestry on our campus, providing a truly enriching experience. This tradition traces back to our first president, Brother Athanasius, who opened the doors in the 1850s to young men seeking a unique educational and living experience.

An  Educational Sanctuary 

At the heart of our boarding program lies the belief that

“it is in community that we realize our mutual responsibility for the formation of one another.”  

Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Rule of Life #172

We strive to create a welcoming environment where students and dormitory staff work together, building a safe and healthy student community.

Aurelian Hall, our dormitory, serves as a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week sanctuary, shielding boarding students from many harmful influences of today’s society. The dormitory faculty is mandated to uphold a safe and student-friendly space, free from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, disorder, dishonesty, obscenity, and violence.

Prefects place great emphasis on developing self-discipline, personal and mutual respect, honesty, and concern for the common good in each student. While meeting individual needs, we teach that the overall well-being of the dormitory community takes precedence over satisfying personal preferences. This fosters a spirit of sacrifice and maturity for the greater good.

Academic Excellence & Academic Assistance

As a Brothers of the Sacred Heart school, we view academic excellence as the development of each student to the maximum of his potential. We recognize that a student’s potential can only be achieved through self-discipline and structure. To this end, the boarding faculty conducts a full program to assist every student at his level of ability. 

Formal, supervised study periods are structured into the daily schedule of each hall, Monday through Thursday. These study periods are structured distraction-free zones to promote effective, quiet study. During these times students may receive assistance from prefects and from other students if circumstances permit. Students who work to the best of their ability are rewarded with times of more relaxed study or free time. Additional structured study times are provided for students who need additional time to perform to the best of their abilities. 

Dormitory faculty members work closely with teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, and club moderators to achieve a coordinated effort aimed at student success.  Tutoring sessions with teachers or an outside tutor may be arranged for students who need additional assistance. To promote a culture of doing one’s best, student academic success is a constant theme in the daily life of the dorm and is celebrated in a variety of ways. 

A Tradition of Welcoming International Students

Saint Stanislaus has a long-standing tradition of welcoming international students seeking to earn a high school diploma, learn English, and experience American culture. We extend a special welcome to these students, who contribute to the rich diversity of our boarding community.

Nurturing Spiritual Growth

We encourage all students to develop their personal relationship with God, expressed through Christian charity towards others. While respecting students of all faiths, we ask that they join in Catholic expressions of faith with respectful attention.

Saint Stanislaus offers various opportunities for prayer and worship, including Sunday Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, special prayer services, and night prayer. We teach that faith should be an expression of personal convictions, with one’s day-to-day life serving as a living witness to these growing convictions.

Getting Involved, Growing Roots 

It is a fact of life that the more a person invests in something, the more that person gets out of that activity. Saint Stanislaus encourages our boarding students to get involved with activities outside of the regular school day. Boarding students participate in school athletic teams and clubs, as well as the intramural program conducted by the dorm staff. The boarding staff also schedules outings on the weekend and a variety of activities on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays.   

We also take advantage of our beautiful setting on the Gulf of Mexico. Swimming, boating, fishing, beach volleyball, and sailing are popular outdoor pursuits. The boys can also relax on the white sands of our beaches directly across the street from the campus.

A Transformative Boarding Experience

Resident life at Saint Stanislaus offers a unique advantage to students, whether they come from Louisiana or from around the world. Boarding students gain a strong focus on their education, better preparedness for college life, and a global perspective that is invaluable in today’s world.

Experience the Saint Stanislaus difference – a boarding tradition rooted in excellence, nurturing the academic, personal, and spiritual growth of young men for over a century and a half.