The Launch gives you the practical, intellectual, and moral foundation to be a man of character. Through a combination of seminars, one-on-one mentoring, and career presentations by successful professionals, it helps you develop the skills and habits necessary to be effective in college and later on as a father, a professional, and a friend.

The Big Picture Seminar (Freshmen)
From day one of freshman year, you make decisions, sometimes without realizing it, that will affect where you go to college, what kind of job you’ll have, and even who your wife will be.  This seminar will help you navigate those decisions and make the choices that will help shape you into the man you want to become.

The Professional Seminar (Sophomores)
You’re going to spend close to 50 years working in the profession you choose, so you want to make sure it’s one that’s a good fit for you. You’re laying the foundation for your career already in high school, making sophomore year an ideal time to start considering your career options and how they fit with your abilities and interests. In this seminar, leading professionals discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise in their line of work, their daily responsibilities, and what you can do now to prepare for a successful career in their field.

The College Application & Beyond Seminar (Juniors)
As you begin the college application process, knowing which majors are good fits for you and your professional aspirations can be a critical factor in focusing on the right college, which in turn will enable you to have a more meaningful college career. This seminar starts with presentations by current college students who will familiarize you with their experiences in their majors. The seminar then delves into key aspects of the college application process – especially learning to market yourself.

The Filling the Gaps Seminar (Seniors)
In the not too distant future, other people – at work, among your friends, in your family – will be depending on you for guidance. Your ability to lead them well will depend to a large extent on whether you live a reflective life yourself, allowing you to grasp why certain things are true, not just blindly accepting what everyone else says. This seminar gives you a framework to tackle fundamental intellectual questions which you will encounter in college and professional life.

Please note: All Launch seminars for the 2020-21 academic year will be offered in-person (with a remote option), however, to allow for more social distancing and to better accommodate remote participants, they will take place at Northridge Preparatory School (8320 Ballard Rd, Niles, IL 60714).  Click here for more information about Sauganash’s COVID guidelines.