Virtual Open House - November 8, 2020
DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL
"TOUCHING LIVES, CREATING THE FUTURE"
- Accommodations for Students with Learning Differences
- Campus Life
- Campus Ministry
- College Counseling
- Diversity at De La Salle
- English Department
- Financial Aid
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department
- Learning Center
- Mathematics Department
- Religious Studies Department
- Science Department
- Social Studies Department
- Student Support Services
- Summer Camps at De La Salle
- Visual and Performing Arts Department
- World Languages Department
- Cross Country
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
- Water Polo
Mr. Justin Argenal
Varsity Basketball Head Coach
- When are tryouts?
Since basketball is a winter sport we start tryouts at the end of October or beginning of November on a normal year.
- How many people tryout for the freshman teams?
This obviously depends on the year and can vary quite a bit. On average we have around 45 students tryout. On average around 30 individuals make a team.
- Does De La Salle have multiple freshman teams?
Yes. We have a Green Team and Silver Team. There is NO difference between the two. One team plays mostly our league schedule while the other plays in more tournaments. We have developed varsity level players from both of these teams.
- Why does De La Salle have two freshman teams?
It is our belief that having two teams enables us to develop more students within our program. There is a ton of growth that takes place in 9th grade.
- When my son is accepted into De La Salle what are they allowed to do in the spring/summer months prior to stepping foot on campus here at De La Salle as a student?
We are not allowed to work/coach incoming students UNTIL they have officially graduated from the 8th grade. In the summer months we will have Open Gyms two days a week. These are run similar to practices. It is a great way to meet classmates and coaches. All activities prior to our actual season are optional.
- Does DLS Basketball offer anything in the fall for freshman students interested in basketball?
Yes, we usually have Open Gyms for all freshman students to participate in. These are two days a week after school once school has started. All activities prior to our actual season are optional.
- Can my son play multiple sports?
Yes, of course. We encourage it. Your son will need to be dedicated and have great time management skills if they would like to do so. Academics should be their number one priority.
- Describe the freshman basketball philosophy.
- Meet new friends/classmates
- Develop a love for the game
- Develop their overall basketball skills and IQ
- Learn how to be a part of a team
- Learn how to compete
- What should my son do right now and in the spring/summer to prepare himself to make the team?
I am a firm believer in playing makes you better. The more your son is around the game the better he will become. Working on all facets of their game is very important. Shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, and defense. The more time that is put into the game the more your son will improve. I would also recommend body weight strength training in order gain strength and coordination.
- Do you allow freshman to play JV or Varsity?
Yes. We have had some freshman play on JV and Varsity. This all depends on the situation and is case by case. Everyone starts with freshman and I determine whether someone is able to participate with JV or Varsity.
Mr. Terry Eidson
Varsity Golf Head Coach
When is golf season?
Golf is a spring sport and tryouts will begin February 9th
Where will tryouts be held?
Tryouts will be held at Oakhurst Country Club
How many student athletes make the golf team?
The golf program usually keeps 8 players on Junior Varsity and 8 players on the varsity
Do you need experience to make the golf team?
Yes, the golf team usually is comprised of players who have tournament or recreational golf experience. Most of our golfers have seen or are seeing a teaching pro, and play weekly. A common score for 9 holes for a JV player is between 43-49 and for the varsity it is 36-40
What is the time commitment?
Golf is a Monday-Friday sport. Weekends are usually free for golfers. Matches are usually Tuesday and Thursday and are finished between 6:30 to 7:00 pm. Practices are mandatory and are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3-6pm-Note: students with a period 7 are not expected to be at practice until period 7 is finished.
Where do golfers practice?
Due to the availability of courses, golfers will be using a variety of courses. Oakhurst Country Club, Diablo Country Club, Boundary Oaks, Buchanan Fields, and Diablo Creek
Please contact Head Coach Terry Eidson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following table gives you a quick overview of what sports are offered, the name of the varsity head coach, their phone number, and their email address.
|Cross Country||John Pelster||(925) email@example.com|
|Football||Justin Alumbaugh||(925) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Water Polo||Robbie Arroyo||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Basketball||Justin Argenal||(925) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Soccer||Derricke Brown||(925) email@example.com|
|Wrestling||Mark Halverson||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Baseball||David Jeans||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Golf||Terry Eidson||(925) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lacrosse||John Christmas||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Ice Hockey||Errol Garcia||(925) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rugby||Ed Christensen||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Swimming & Diving||Tom Johnson||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Track & Field||John Harvey||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Volleyball||Stephanie Cline||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in instrumental music at De La Salle High School. This letter will provide you with some general information about our Band Program, a Frequently Asked Questions section, as well as important dates for the 2020-2021 school year. If you still have questions or seek further information after reviewing this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me at the information provided below.
De La Salle High School offers the following performing opportunities in Band:
Concert Band/Marching Band (zero period):
An outdoor instrumental group that performs half-time shows, pre-game ceremonies, and “band-stand” music for football games; marches in local parades; and provides school spirit during the fall semester. The class meets during zero period. Marching Band/Concert Band class is a yearlong class that directly correlates to the student participating in Concert Band once the marching season has concluded. Concert Band: An indoor instrumental ensemble that studies and performs both traditional and
contemporary music for band. The Concert Band performs concerts at De La Salle High School, as well as various festivals throughout the Bay Area during the academic year. Fundamentals taught in Concert Band are the foundation of which our students become musicians. Music theory, music history, musicianship, and listening skills are learned in the study and performance of wind band music.
*Band Camp: July 30-31, Aug 3-5 (8 am-5 pm) During this time, we will learn our
marching techniques, band-stand music, fit and distribute marching band uniforms, learn
maneuvers for our pre-game show and assign instrument parts. To provide a top-notch
experience we would like 100% student participation for Band Camp. Priority for
instrument and field assignments will be given to students that attend Band Camp. There
is not cost for band camp.
Jazz Band: (7th period)
A smaller-instrumental ensemble selected by audition that studies and performs traditional and contemporary jazz music written for “big band.” The Jazz Band performs concerts at De La Salle High School, as well as festivals held throughout the Bay Area during the academic year. Students who wish to participate in Jazz Band must audition for the Director. If admitted into the Jazz Band, students must also be concurrently enrolled in Concert/Marching Band class (except if you play bass, piano or guitar).
Audition information will be sent to students who requested Jazz Band in their schedule, or you contact me at ColonL@dlshs.org
We are truly excited about what next year holds for our Bands here at De La Salle and welcome you to be a part of the fun and exhilaration of performing with us! I am confident you will find our activities to be enjoyable, our facilities to be world-class, and our instructors to be great teachers and people – all and all, one of the best groups to be a part of at De La Salle!
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or comments.
Welcome to the De La Salle Band!
Larry B. Colón (ColonL@dlshs.org)
Director of Bands
De La Salle High School
- IS HIGH SCHOOL BAND DIFFICULT?
- CAN I PLAY SPORTS AND/OR PARTICIPATE IN OTHER CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
- DOES BAND TAKE UP ALL OF MY TIME?
- WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY?
- IS CONCERT BAND/MARCHING BAND SYNONYMOUS?
- DOES BAND LOOK GOOD ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS?
- DOES THE BAND PROGRAM TRAVEL/TOUR?
- WHAT ABOUT JAZZ BAND?
- WHAT ABOUT TESTS AND HOMEWORK IN BAND?
- DO I HAVE TO TAKE PRIVATE LESSONS?
- DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE INSTRUMENTS?
- DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE MARCHING BAND UNIFORMS?
- WHEN DO THE CONCERT BANDS AND JAZZ BANDS PERFORM?
- IF I WANT TO SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT INSTRUMENT, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
- I WANT TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENSEMBLE. WHAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?
- WHAT ARE WAYS PARENTS CAN GET INVOLVED WITH THE BAND?
Just like anything worth your time, being in the DLS/CHS Band takes effort. However, we have a spot for ALL students, regardless of your current musical level. Our biggest wish is for all students to achieve consistently and enjoy the learning process. Every aspect of our program is designed to foster and encourage musical and personal maturity.
YES! In fact, most of our students are involved in sports or other co-curricular activities. We encourage you to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities. No matter what activities you pursue, you must keep an accurate schedule and iron out any conflicts that may arise. We have a systematic approach to help you with this, but it is up to you to keep your schedule straight, for the good of the band and for the good of your other activities. With a little give and take, most things work out just fine. We have students involved in every sport on campus. Additionally, any college or university in the country will attest to the fact that the busiest students are the most successful students. Again, structure and discipline work!
No! This is perhaps the greatest misconception to incoming students and parents. Band is a commitment, just like anything of worth, but does not prevent you from participation in other DLS/CHS classes, activities, and co-curriculars. Time commitment is limited to class, home practice, and performances. Further, our organization on campus has a great success rate in everything from GPA to college placement. Structure and discipline work!
During the fall marching band season (September – December), we have most of our out-of-the-regular-school-day events. These events are built into the curriculum and are considered the “homework,” similar to any other class. We are a non-competitive marching band and operate under the same basic structure as most high schools. However, we do spend significantly LESS time outside of the school day than other schools. Therefore, we expect maximum effort and commitment to our schedule, with conflicts to be worked out as specified.
Band camp is held two weeks prior to the first week of school. During band camp, we try to learn a large portion of the pre-game show. We work hard during this time and have as much fun as we dare! It is also a great social time for the band. Band camp is a mandatory part of the class curriculum.
Performances – Home football game performances occur on Friday or Saturday evenings. The Marching Band season will conclude in December (depending on varsity football). We start with Concert Band concurrently with Marching Band in late September. In January we switch to Concert Band for the remainder of the school year.
Yes. Marching Band is a “unit” in our curriculum, just as all other classes have curriculum dividing the year into units (ie., studying Shakespeare in English). Marching Band is part of our music curriculum and total music experience at DLS. ALL band students are in marching band during first semester. It is a tool we use to stress the fundamentals of music skill and discipline. It also teaches teamwork, pride, long and short-term goal setting, personal management skills, self confidence, leadership, and many other invaluable lessons and skills. It is an essential part of the spirit of our school. These are all skills that are highly sought after in college applications and job applications. Being a part of this caliber group makes a significant statement toward your future. Students who play a double-reed instrument will be encouraged to be part of the Marching Band on another instrument, part of the front ensemble or percussion. Please speak to the director ASAP about your options!
ABSOLUTELY! BAND STUDENTS CLEARLY STAND OUT! In fact, most college admissions departments seek out music students, as they recognize all that is involved in our academic discipline. Our graduates are attending some of the top universities and colleges in the country. Most of our students stand out when compared to non-music students, and every year we have graduates earning scholarships based on their music participation and academic merit.
Yes! The band program takes a significant tour every 3-4 years, with a “mini-tour” on the off years. The Marching Band travels to one overnight football game in the fall, which gives us a great opportunity to bond with each other and meet students from high schools throughout California.
As some examples:
- In 2005, the Concert Band traveled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.
- In 2008, the Concert Band traveled to Boston to perform at the Heritage Band Festival.
- In 2012, the Concert Band traveled to Chicago to perform at Chicago Symphony Hall.
- In 2014, the Concert Band traveled to D.C. to perform at the Kennedy Center.
- In 2015, the Concert Band traveled to Orange County to perform at Segerstrom Concert Hall.
- Other destinations have included San Diego, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
The list continues!
A smaller-instrumental ensemble selected by audition that studies and performs traditional and contemporary jazz music written for “big band.” The Jazz Band performs concerts at DLS, as well as festivals held throughout the Bay Area during the academic year. Students who wish to participate in Jazz Band must audition for the Director. If admitted into the Jazz Band, students must also be concurrently enrolled in Concert/Marching Band class (except if you play bass, piano, or guitar).
Performances! Practice! Band is a group performance class. Performance situations can’t be recreated around each individual student. These growth experiences occur infrequently and are very important to the development of the student. Since we depend on each other so much, it is a great loss to miss anyone, and therefore all performances are required. The contribution of each student is critical and irreplaceable. You will receive a performance schedule well in advance. If changes occur in the schedule, you will be notified immediately.
We highly recommend students to take private lessons or group lessons. Students who truly excel academically are usually involved with private lessons. Successful music programs typically have a large percentage of their students studying privately. The frequency of lessons varies greatly. Some students take an hour private lesson weekly, some half-hour, every other week, etc. It is not necessary to study with the most expensive private lesson teacher in the area! We have a great number of advanced college students teaching our students and doing a superb job. Please email Mr. Colon if you need a recommendation or list of potential private teachers in the area. Students who do not study privately are highly encouraged to seek extra help as often as needed.
The school helps with larger, more expensive instruments. Tubas (marching and concert), Euphoniums (Baritones), percussion, etc. are some. We do encourage students to purchase a good quality instrument for concert performances. Often students will play these instruments for the rest of their lives in one capacity or another: community groups, churches, etc.! It is worth owning a good instrument.
French Horns, Low Brass (Tuba, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone), and Low Reeds (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet) are typically our biggest area of need. Please see our directors prior to making this decision for an embouchure test to make sure it will be a positive change. We highly recommend students who switch instruments to take private lessons or group lessons.
The most important thing parents can do to fully support students is providing the ingredients for success in all academic endeavors. In music, some of these are: private lessons, good instruments, praise and encouragement, patient ears, and most importantly, attend all events and performances. The band program relies heavily on parent volunteers for many things. Volunteering when available is greatly appreciated. In general, band students are fun and inspirational group of young people, fun to be around. Our volunteer parents have a wonderful time volunteering with our students, and many oftentimes become great friends!
For additional questions or information about Campus Life at De La Salle, contact:
Mr. Michael Aquino
Director of Campus Life and Culture
What does BYOL mean?
BYOL means, “Bring Your Own Laptop”. Students in all grades are required to bring a laptop for daily academic use. De La Salle believes in student use of technology to access and enhance their academic experience. While laptops are provided and owned by students, a variety of online tools are provided by the school.
What type of laptop does De La Salle recommend students bring?
Student laptops must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Windows laptop: Microsoft Windows 7 (service pack 1) or higher; Windows “hybrids” such as the Surface Pro 3 or higher are acceptable. Mac laptop: Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher
- While De La Salle does not recommend a particular brand of laptop; roughly 50% of our students use Mac devices and 50% use Windows. Please consider a laptop that is a good value for durability. Lenovo, HP, and Dell make some very durable and price-conscious models (such as the Dell Latitude 3340)
- Protective sleeve or case
- Headphones/ear buds
- It is highly recommended that families acquire an extended warranty that includes accidental damage protection (i.e., GeekSquad, HP Care Pack Services, etc.), which covers against drops, breaks, and spills (the most common damage). Also note that AppleCare does NOT include accidental damage protection.
Please note: Google Chromebooks and tablets such as iPads, readers (Kindles, Amazon Fire), and smart phones are NOT sufficient for day-to-day academic use and not acceptable. Students qualifying for financial aid will be eligible for use of/access to a long-term loaned device.
Because transitioning from middle school to high school is complicated in and of itself, have students bring a laptop they are currently using (if applicable); there is no need to go out and buy a new laptop if the existing laptop meets the standards. Perhaps a discussion and decision to purchase a newer device can be had after your son has experienced a semester of school at De La Salle and is in a better position to judge what type of laptop will complement his workload.
Why can’t students bring/use a ChromeBook, tablet, smartphone?
Our experience has shown that while smartphones and tablets (iPad, Galaxy, etc.) or Chromebooks tend to be cheaper and lighter weight, they haven’t proven robust enough to handle all the academic work students will encounter in high school (such as writing papers & creating presentations) or may have some limitations with applications that laptops don’t. We have found smartphones/tablets to be great companion and adequate devices for access to content, but more “clunky” for producing work. Laptops have emerged as the most robust for everyday use. However, “hybrid” devices such as the Surface Pro 3 (and not lower) are now similar to laptops and ARE acceptable devices.
What about students who don’t currently have a device or can’t bring it to DLS?
De La Salle High School recognizes that not all students have the resources to acquire devices. Students qualifying for financial aid will be eligible for use of/access to a long-term loaned device. Contact Mr. Jay Juarez, IT Director, if you qualify and are requesting a loaned device: email@example.com. Families qualifying for a loaned device will be contacted about how students will receive their laptops.
How do students access resources on campus?
As a BYOL school, De La Salle maintains a robust wireless network for student use. Students are encouraged to pair their devices with the school network to access the full range of tools and resources they might need for their classes. This happens during the Summer Tech Boot Camp course. The school’s Wi-Fi network applies appropriate filtering and is able to monitor student’s use.
What do I have to do over the summer?
Tech Boot Camp (online) & Tech Check
How do students access their online school resources?
Over the summer, students will receive the username/password information to access a variety of online tools they will use at De La Salle:
- PowerSchool- for grades and attendance info
- Schoology- our Learning Management System (LMS) for homework assignment & online course content
- Google Drive/Gmail- student email and content creating tools
- Office 365- another cloud storage for student work and content creation
- Tech Boot Camp- a self-paced, online course to orient students to their school technology tools
What is Tech Boot Camp?
To help students get ready for their high school experience, incoming students must complete Tech Boot Camp; a self-paced, online course that orients them to using G-Suite (Google Apps for Education) PowerSchool, and the school’s Learning Management System(LMS): Schoology. In addition, topics concerning Digital Citizenship will be covered such as controlling your digital footprint, appropriate/fair use of online resources, and managing technology distractions. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Badge/Certificate of Completion.
What is Tech Check?
Once a student completes the online Tech Boot Camp course and earns the Badge/Certificate, students must bring their certificate and laptop to school during one of our Tech Check days. Tech Check allows our IT and Library staff to assist students with pairing their laptops to the on-campus DLS wireless network and be able to print wirelessly to campus printers.
Campus Ministry at De La Salle High School endeavors to facilitate the spiritual journey of the De La Salle community. Retreats, Liturgical Experiences, Immersions and Social Justice and Action Activities are woven together to help students, faculty, parents, and staff understand the roles they play in living out the mission statement of De La Salle which calls us to be people of faith committed to a life of service lived within a moral, caring, and joyful community.
A four-year retreat program challenges students, faculty, parents, and staff to take seriously the journey of faith that each of them is taking. Social Justice and Action activities, like our Sophomore Immersion Program and Venaver Immersion Programs give participants the opportunity to walk in the shoes of the poor, and the powerless; responding to the Gospel call to serve “the least of Christ’s brothers and sisters. Daily Mass, school wide Masses, Family Masses, and a variety of other prayer experiences enhance our Worship as a community.
Campus Ministry empowers the entire De La Salle Family to respond to the Lasallian call of Faith Service and Community.
Please view the Campus Ministry Brochure (PDF) for department contact information.
De La Salle High School
College Counseling Center Programming by Grade Level
- All-Class September Meeting on Making the Most out of High School & PreACT Preparation
- PreACT Testing in October
- All-Class January Meeting on Interpretation of PreACT Scores
- Classroom Workshop Introduction to Naviance & “Do What You Are” Personality Assessment
- Spring Frosh/Soph College Night, Offered to Families Every Other Year
- Planning Ahead to Pay for College Night, Offered to All Families Every Other Year
- Individual and Family Appointments as Requested, All Grade Levels
- College Rep Visits at CHS/DLS throughout the Fall
- Out of State College Fair in August and Jesuit College Fair in September/October
- All-Class Presentation on College Planning & PSAT Preparation and PSAT in October
- All-Class January Presentation on Interpretation of PSAT scores & SAT/ACT Planning
- College and Academic Advisement Night for Parents in January
- Classroom Presentations & Workshops on Making the College Match in January & February
- College Preview Night for Juniors and parents in April with Speakers from Various Colleges
- College Advisory for Juniors in March/April
- Mandatory Weekly College Advisory Classes for All Seniors during 7th Period
- Individual College Counseling Meetings and Application Assistance
- Out of State College Fair in August and Jesuit College Fair in September/October
- College Rep Visits at CHS/DLS throughout the Fall
- Senior Parent College Application Night in September
- Financial Aid College Night in October
- Community College Advisory Classes and DVC Placement Assistance
|De La Salle College Counselors|
|Ms. Esther Lopez
Last names beginning with A-K
|Mrs. Lisa Sciacca
Last names beginning with L-Z
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|Las Positas College||University of San Diego|
|Lehigh University||University of San Francisco|
|Lewis & Clark College||University of Southern California|
|Lewis University||University of St. Thomas|
|Liberty University||University of Tampa|
|Linfield University||University of the Pacific|
|Long Island University- Post||University of Utah|
|Los Angeles City College||University of Virginia-Main Campus|
|Los Medanos College||University of Washington, Seattle|
|Louisiana State University||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Loyola Marymount University||University of Wyoming|
|Loyola University Chicago||Utah Valley University|
|Loyola University New Orleans||Valparaiso University|
|Marquette University||Vanderbilt University|
|Marymount California University||Vassar College|
|Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)||Villanova University|
|Massachusetts Maritime Academy||Virginia Military Institute|
|Menlo College||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University|
|Mercer University||Virginia Union University|
|Mercyhurst University||Wabash College|
|Miami University-Oxford||Wake Forest University|
|Michigan State University||Waldorf University|
|Middlebury College||Washington & Jefferson College|
|MiraCosta College||Washington State University|
|Missouri Valley College||Washington University in St Louis|
|Montana State University||Weber State University|
|Montana State University-Billings||Wentworth Military Academy and College|
|Montana Technological University||Wesleyan University|
|Morehouse College||West Valley College|
|Musicians Institute||West Virginia University|
|Napa Valley College||Western Oregon University|
|New Mexico Military Institute||Western Washington University|
|New Mexico State University-Main Campus||Westmont College|
|New York Film Academy - New York City||Wheeling University|
|New York University||Whittier College|
|North Carolina A & T State University||Whitworth University|
|Northeastern University||Willamette University|
|Northern Arizona University||William and Mary|
|Northern Michigan University||WyoTech - West Sacramento|
|Northern Oklahoma College||Xavier University|
For additional questions or information about the English Department at De La Salle, contact:
Ms. Alexandra Stevenson
Chair of the English Department
For additional questions or information about the HPER Department at De La Salle, contact:
Mr. Doug Bauman
Chair of the HPER Department
If you have additional questions about the Mathematics Department at De La Salle, please contact:
Mrs. Melissa Marnell
Chair of the Mathematics Department
De La Salle Math Courses
Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, Algebra 1, Honors Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Honors Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Statistics, Introduction to College Math, Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC
Note: Computer Science Courses do not fulfill the De La Salle 3 year math requirement for graduation.
All Freshmen will be placed in either Algebra 1A, Algebra 1, or Honors Algebra 1 unless they take and pass a challenge test given in May after they are accepted. Placements are made by the Director of Academic Services Mrs. Lillian Dickson.
Questions, please contact Mathematics Department Chair, Mrs. Melissa Marnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have additional questions about the Religious Studies Department at De La Salle, please contact:
Mr. Spencer Shively
Chair of the Science Department
The Social Studies Department serves students with varied academic needs. We actively encourage students to investigate and value all social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. The success of the department's mission is enhanced by partnership with parents and all those committed to living the Lasallian heritage.
- We believe that a comprehensive Social Studies program provides an appreciation of human culture, an understanding of the American tradition, and a framework for analysis of problems and decisions associated with humanity.
- We have chosen to teach the social sciences, which are fundamental to a shared social existence because of our interest in people and our understanding of the impact of historical and social events on each of us.
- We value the lessons of our life experiences, respect each other and our differing points of view, and appreciate those elements that contribute to the story we all live.
- We are committed to providing a classroom environment where all students feel safe to express their views.
- We recognize a variety of learning styles and adapt our teaching methodologies to meet our students' needs.
- We believe critical thinking skills should be taught throughout our curriculum.
- We believe in the importance of teaching diversity and acceptance.
- We encourage our students to make a difference by getting involved in their communities.
World History is a survey course starting with a review of ancient civilizations and then focusing on modern world history. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize and assess the major turning points in the shaping of the modern world, while using critical thinking skills (categorize, evaluate, synthesize) to compare and contrast events of the past with recent events.
Honors World History
Students who are placed into Honors English I are automatically placed into Honors World History. Honors World History is a fast-paced survey course that starts with ancient world history and moves chronologically through modern times, focusing on how culture, religion, and people interacted with one another. Honors World History places an emphasis on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to formulate and support a thesis statement, as well as answer a Document Based Question (DBQ), and write a historical essay.
United States History
United States History provides a one-year survey of American history from the colonial era to the present day, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Using the textbook and primary documents, students learn about the various political, social, and economic developments that have shaped and continue to shape the United States. Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills are emphasized as integral ways of understanding how the past relates to the present.
Advanced Placement United States History
The course is a general survey of United States History. According to the College Board: The Advanced Placement Program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. The materials, the pace of the course, and the teaching methodologies are designed to resemble as closely as possible a freshman history course offered at the college level. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this class. At the end of the course, students will be expected to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination.
This course is designed to introduce students to American government and politics, through examination of the nature of the American political system, its historical development, and its contemporary practice. The course examines the processes and institutions through which the political system functions and the public policies that these institutions initiate and develop.
Advanced Placement Government
Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this course. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination at the conclusion of the course.
Social Studies Electives
Economics is designed to introduce students to the vocabulary, concepts, and problems of the United States economy. The course emphasizes not only a basic competence of the vocabulary, the understanding of supply and demand and international trade, but also an understanding of United States economic policies in relation to the global economy.
Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
AP Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also promotes an understanding of economic performance measure, economic growth, and international economics.
This introductory course acquaints students with the discipline of Psychology by emphasizing the various theoretical approaches that underlie explanations of behavior and thought processes. Subject matter includes the history of Psychology as a science, the biology of behavior, an examination of dreams and consciousness, human development, personality analysis and social psychology.
Advanced Placement Psychology
The Advanced Placement course in Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals within a context. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within Psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students and parents should be aware of the additional workload that accompanies this class. At the end of the course, students are expected to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination.
History of the Sixties
This course is designed to delve deeper into the turbulent history of the 1960s by focusing on the political, social and cultural changes that took place during this pivotal decade in American history. A thematic approach will be used in this course to address such issues as the Civil Rights movement, student and minority activism, the Vietnam War, popular culture, significant Supreme Court cases, popular politics and the counterculture. Primary sources will provide a basis for class discussion and an emphasis will be made on critical and analytical thinking. Students will be expected to write several personal response papers and one research paper.
This course introduces students to the field of criminal justice and surveys its three component parts: law enforcement, criminal courts and corrections. Students will become familiar with the structure and organization of the criminal justice system and look at today’s controversies and challenges. Students will examine the history of crime in America, the evolution of law enforcement at the local, state and federal level, how the court system works and the role of jails/prisons. Special units focus on crime scene investigation/forensics, police use of force, the role of the jury in adjudication and current issues (police brutality, stop & frisk, active shooter, etc.). Field trips may include visits to local law enforcement agencies, the county courthouse and Santa Rita jail. Emphasis is placed on citizens’ rights and responsibilities in police encounters and the positive relations of police and community.
This interdisciplinary course, which is taught by a practicing trial attorney, is designed to allow students to acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop public speaking and debate skills, and have a hands-on courtroom experience. Central to this course is the California Mock Trial Program. The California Mock Trial Program is an academic competition between California high schools in which mock trials are held before real trial judges in actual trial courtrooms. The mock trials are scored by practicing attorneys. Each year, the mock trials are based on a fictional criminal case which is created by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (www.crf-usa.org). A mock trial team is composed of a Prosecution Team (four prosecution attorneys and four prosecution witnesses), a Defense Team (four defense attorneys and four defense witnesses, including the defendant), a court clerk, a bailiff, and alternates. In Contra Costa County, 16 to 18 teams compete against each other. The winning team from each California county is invited to compete in the California State Finals. The winner of the California State Finals is invited to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship.
If you have questions about the Social Studies Department, please contact department chair, Mrs. Anna Talmadge at email@example.com.
Student Services Include:
Students may see a counselor at any time. While counselors are initially assigned to students alphabetically, each student is free to see any counselor of his choice.
All counseling is confidential.
Appointment Request Forms are available in the hallway outside the counselors’ offices. Students are asked to fill out the form and leave it in the box on the counselor’s office door. Students may also visit a counselor’s office between classes. Appointments are usually made within 24 hours upon receiving the request.
|School Counselors||Phone Number||Student's Last Name|
|Mrs. Lauren Stevens
|Mr. Scott Drain
Director of Student Support Services
|Mr. Cris Rosales
|Mrs. Lindsay Melaas
|College Counselors||Phone Number||Student's Last Name|
|Ms. Esther Lopez
Co-Director College Counseling
Primarily Juniors & Seniors
|Mrs Lisa Sciacca
Co-Director College Counseling
Primarily Juniors & Seniors
|Academic Support Services||Phone Number||Student's Last Name|
|Mr. Sean Bristol
Spartan Success & Learning Needs Coordinator
|288-8104||Students in Spartan Success and those with Profile Sheets|
|Mr. Greg MacArthur
Bishop Cummins Program Coordinator
|288-8150||Bishop Cummins Scholars Program|
|Mr. Jon Norfolk
Student Learning Center Coordinator
|288-8111||All students as assigned or referred|
For more information, visit the Student Support Services webpage.
For questions about Theatre activities, please contact
Ms. Meredith Barnidge
For additional questions about the Visual and Performing Arts Department, please contact:
Mr. Thomas Wickboldt
Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair
The mission of the De La Salle High School World Languages Department is to offer a variety of modern and classical languages for the enrichment of our students. The department does so in light of the Lasallian heritage which inspires its efforts.
We provide our students the opportunity to learn more than language by offering a variety of languages and including a study of their diverse cultures.
Courses offered are listed below:
- American Sign Language: Mrs. Kristin Leete (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- French (taught at Carondelet): Nadine Amarelo
- Italian: Mr. Franco Reguzzoni (email@example.com) and Mr. Michael Marcheschi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Latin: Mr. Michael Marcheschi (email@example.com)
- Spanish: Mrs. Karen Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mrs. Kelly Gardner (email@example.com)
- Spanish for Heritage Speakers: Mrs. Guillermina Oliva-Nicholson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For additional questions or information about the World Languages Department at De La Salle, contact
Mrs. Kelly Gardner
World Languages Department Chair
Student Learning Outcomes
- Terms for greetings and goodbyes
- Nouns and articles (definite and indefinite)
- Present tense of ser/ estar/ tener/ venir /ir
- Telling time
- Days of the week
- Present tense of regular -ar -er -ir verbs
- Forming negative sentences
- The verb gustar
- Forming questions
- Prepositions of location
- Writing descriptions of themselves
- Descriptive adjectives
- Possessive adjectives
- Stem-changing verbs: e-ie/ o-ue/ e-i
- Verbs with irregular yo forms
- The present progressive
- Ser vs. Estar
- Direct Object nouns and pronouns
- Saber vs. Conocer
- Indirect object pronouns
- Reflexive verbs
- Preterite (past) tense of regular verbs
- Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
- Greet people in Spanish
- Identify yourself and others
- Talk about the time of day
- Recognizing and listening for cognates
- Talk about one’s classes and school life
- Discuss everyday activities
- Ask questions in Spanish
- Talk about their friends and family
- Describe people and objects
- Express possession
- Talk about pastimes, weekend activities and sports
- Discuss and plan a vacation
- Describe a hotel
- Talk about how one is feeling
- Talk about the seasons and the weather
- Talk about and describe clothing
- Talk about the daily routines
- Talk about activities performed in the past tense