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Lasallian Education

The Lasallian Educational Mission extends across 80 countries around the world. With more than 1,000 schools and other educational ministries on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica, the Lasalian Mission reaches out to almost one million students in formal settings and thousands more in informal educational settings, such as the programs for street children. Among the 90,000 Lasallians who minister in these educational institutions are more than 2,000 Brothers, 400 religious and priests, and 88,000 lay Lasallian men and women.
La Salle Academy is part of this worldwide community, that follow the Five Core Principles of our founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle

We instill Gospel values.

We are animated by and foster a spirit of faith and zeal.

We develop and maintain diverse programs meeting recognized standards of excellence.

We create and sustain respectful human relationships in community.

We exercise a preferential option for the poor.


It is by living these principles that we fulfill his mission, and are united as Lasallians.

La Salle Academy strives to uphold these values, and instill them into each student.


John Baptist de La Salle was born into a world very different from our own. He was the first son of wealthy parents living in France over 300 years ago. Born at Reims, John Baptist de La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral at sixteen. Though he had to assume the administration of family affairs after his parents died, he completed his theological studies and was ordained a priest on April 9, 1678.Two years later he received a doctorate in theology. Meanwhile he became tentatively involved with a group of rough and barely literate young men in order to establish schools for poor boys.

At that time a few people lived in luxury, but most of the people were extremely poor: peasants in the country, and slum dwellers in the towns. Only, a few could send their children to school; most children had little hope for the future. Moved by the plight of the poor who seemed so “far from salvation” either in this world or the next, he determined to put his own talents and advanced education at the service of the children “often left to themselves and badly brought up.” To be more effective, he abandoned his family home, moved in with the teachers, renounced his position as Canon and his wealth, and so formed the community that became known as the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

His enterprise met opposition from the ecclesiastical authorities who resisted the creation of a new form of religious life, a community of consecrated laymen to conduct gratuitous schools “together and by association.” The educational establishment resented his innovative methods and his insistence on gratuity for all, regardless of whether they could afford to pay. Nevertheless De La Salle and his Brothers succeeded in creating a network of quality schools throughout France that featured instruction in the vernacular, students grouped according to ability and achievement, integration of religious instruction with secular subjects, well-prepared teachers with a sense of vocation and mission, and the involvement of parents.

In addition, De La Salle pioneered in programs for training lay teachers, Sunday courses for working young men, and one of the first institutions in France for the care of delinquents. Worn out by austerities and exhausting labours, he died at Saint Yon near Rouen early in 1719 on Good Friday, only weeks before his sixty-eighth birthday.

John Baptist de La Salle was a pioneer in founding training colleges for teachers, reform schools for delinquents, technical schools, and secondary schools for modern languages, arts, and sciences. His work quickly spread through France and, after his death, continued to spread across the globe. In 1900 John Baptist de La Salle was declared a Saint. In 1950, because of his life and inspirational writings, he was made Patron Saint of all those who work in the field of education. John Baptist de La Salle inspired others how to teach and care for young people, how to meet failure and frailty with compassion, how to affirm, strengthen and heal. At the present time there are De La Salle schools in 80 different countries around the globe.

For more information about our Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle please visit http://www.dlsfootsteps.org/
Lasallian Region of North America

More than 70 post-secondary institutions are directed by Lasallians around the world, including medical schools, engineering schools, virtual universities, business schools, and liberal-arts colleges.

In the United States some 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students are educated in six colleges and universities. The Region also staffs and supports Bethlehem University in Palestine which serves more than 3,000 Muslim and Christian students.
Lasallian Region of Latin America

The most numerous of Lasallian ministries are secondary schools that stretch around the globe. These schools provide young people with the religious education and the education in both traditional and non-traditional subjects that is needed for further education or for a productive life as an adult.  

In Brazil. Argentina and the Dominican Republic, there are Lasallian secondary schools serving marginalized populations in non-traditional high school settings. Other secondary schools serve indigenous populations, like Mayans in Guatemala and Quechan and Aymaran peoples in Bolivia.
Lasallian Region of Europe and the Middle East

From our Lasallian origin in Reims, France, elementary schools have been a major way, in accordance with the Lasallian Mission Statement, of "providing a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor." Pre-school programs; elementary and middle schools; and special programs for orphaned children, physically and mentally challenged students, and street children crisscross the Lasallian world.

In Europe creative Lasallians follow Gypsy children across France in vans to provide literacy instruction. In Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt, young mentally challenged students are provided an appropriate education. In Campia, Italy, Lasallians provide afternoon services in a safe environment for children in an area suffering the effects of drugs and other illicit activities.
Lasallian Region of Africa

Lasallian schools and programs seek to meet the particular educational needs of the communities that they serve. Around the world there are a number of Lasallian schools which provide vocational training, both technical and agricultural.

In Africa there is a Lasallian teacher-training school in South Sudan, where illiteracy is rampant; agricultural and animal-husbandry schools in Kenya, where food is so scares, and training in auto mechanics for young men and craftwork for young women in Madagascar to provide people with jobs.
Lasallian Region of Asia and the South Pacific Rim

In this part of the Lasallian World one will find many schools and programs that serve diverse populations, including aboriginal children in Australia, children in the mountain village schools of Papua New Guinea, Muslim children in Pakistan, and Hindu children in the youth hostels of India, as well as refugee Buddhist children from Myanmar in the Bamboo Schools of Thailand. Around the world Lasallians serve those most in need regardless of religion in a variety of educational settings.
For more information about the Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the Lasallian World, please view these links.


District of Eastern North America http://www.fscdena.org/


Region of North America http://www.lasallian.info


Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Worldwide) http://www.lasalle.org/

Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Pray for Us. Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever!