De La Salle High School is a Roman Catholic educational community where students are loved, instructed, and guided according to the traditions of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Founder of the Brothers and Patron of Teachers.
De La Salle High School provides a Lasallian Catholic education rooted in a liberal arts tradition that prepares young people for life and college. The School seeks to educate students spiritually, academically, physically, and socially through the promotion of a vital faith life, sponsorship of strong academic programs, a wide range of student activities, and the witness of a concerned and dedicated faculty, administration, and staff.
De La Salle High School recognizes and promotes the dignity of each student by providing an environment that is moral, caring, and joyful. Within such a setting, the School seeks to challenge its students to serve others, especially the poor, and to deepen a sense of responsibility for humanity's future.
De La Salle High School seeks to serve and embrace students with varied academic needs and diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds and does so in partnership with families and all those who are committed to living the Lasallian heritage.
Philosophy of De La Salle High School
The mission of De La Salle High School is supported by the following beliefs which form the School's philosophy:
We believe that an effective Lasallian educational program promotes excellence, faith, and genuine learning in mind, body, and spirit. Effective education in our tradition must be characterized by a commitment to high, positive expectations, deep caring, and attentiveness to the needs, goals, and abilities of all students.
We believe that a De La Salle education should be student-centered and challenge our young people to become active, inquiring, critical, and open-minded thinkers who are also life-long learners. A Lasallian education seeks to develop a commitment to Christian values, active citizenship, understanding of the role of self-discipline in the growth of the human person, recognition of diversity, and a desire to serve others, especially the poor and marginalized.
We believe that religious education promotes the full development of the human person. De La Salle High School shares in and is directed by the teaching mission of the Roman Catholic Church. The School provides many opportunities for religious instruction, Christian service-learning, liturgical celebrations, cultivation of a prayerful relationship with God, a reflective spiritual life, and the building of a grace-filled community.
We believe that teaching is a ministry of grace and a professional activity that requires thorough preparation and ongoing renewal. De La Salle teachers are called to play a special part in God's providential plan for young people. They are called to grow in holiness, to exercise their teaching ministry with faith and zeal, and to model a vision of life that makes Jesus alive and present. Lasallian educators reflect a belief that teaching is an art and a skill that calls for competence, understanding, creativity, and passion. Lasallian teachers value professional development and continually look for ways to make learning more effective for the young people entrusted to their care.
We believe that a De La Salle education is most effective when teachers, staff, families, and friends share their gifts generously as members of the school community. This community works together in mutual charity so that a spirit of generosity, patience, humor, and humility may grow among them. They work in an interdependent manner so that the Lasallian convictions and values they share may be used in the most effective manner for the good of the young. This partnership becomes a source and model for sharing with the Diocese of Oakland, Brothers of the Christian Schools, lay partners in other Lasallian works, and the wider community.
We believe that an educational experience that is true to the Lasallian tradition will assist students in discovering their dignity, uniqueness, and common identity as sons and daughters of God and brothers and sisters to one another. This education will also help them realize the importance of community, based in the development of relationships with others. The programs at De La Salle, therefore, help students appreciate their absolute value as persons, their distinctive individuality, and their call to manifest God's presence in the world.