DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, 5300 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans – De La Salle High School, serving grades 8-12, is New Orleans’ oldest Catholic, coeducational school. Founded in 1949, De La Salle continues the more than 350-year-old mission of its founder and namesake, St. John Baptist de La Salle, of transforming the lives of its students by teaching minds while touching hearts.
Cavalier faculty members challenge students to learn through multiple intelligences, using SMART Boards, small group work and both student and faculty PowerPoint presentations. Students are encouraged to achieve academically while pursuing multiple interests in sports, languages, and fine arts. At De La Salle, students “dare to be challenged.”
Members of this stellar faculty come early to meet with students, stay late to cheer on teams and coach students one-on-one and in small groups. They include one affiliated Christian Brother and seven teachers each with more than 15 years of experience in the school. In addition, 51 percent hold a master’s degree or higher, and the dean of the faculty (51 years) holds an Ed.D.
Teachers use Edline to post weekly assignments, grades and attendance and to communicate with parents about their child’s academic progress. Students who choose may use Kindles, iPads or personal computers to enhance their classroom experience.
De La Salle operates on a collegiate-style system of four courses per semester, allowing students to earn eight credits annually with a range of electives. Students can combine Advanced Placement, honors and college preparatory classes for an academic custom fit. Ninety-minute classes give students time to absorb information and conduct research that stimulate imaginations and prepare them for college.
Advanced Placement courses include World History, U.S. History, physics, government, English Literature and calculus. AP French is available to all students in grades 8-12. DLS students consistently score above the national and state averages on Advanced Placement exams in all subjects. The last five-year average shows Cavaliers ranking 21 percent higher nationally and 38 percent higher than Louisiana’s state average on the AP test scores.
Through a partnership with the Louisiana Virtual School, a wide variety of other courses are offered through the Louisiana Virtual School, including AP Psychology and AP European History as well as game design, web design/digital graphics and astronomy.
De La Salle also offers a comprehensive band program, including sequential instruction in performance, music theory and composition. Students perform as members of the marching band, concert band, liturgical band and jazz ensemble.
Graduates of the Class of 2012 earned more than $2.58 million in scholarships, not including TOPS monies.
In the last three years, De La Salle has become a school of choice for international students, with students from France, Germany, China, Vietnam and Thailand. They join the multinational faculty from Honduras, Nicaragua, French Canada, India and Africa, truly making DLS a global family.
De La Salle recently dedicated a $1.5 million renovation of its Life Sciences Center, including the Dr. Felix A. Gaudin Biology Lab, Dr. and Mrs. William LaCorte Chemistry Lab and the James “Jimbo” Reily II Physics Lab.
Students achieve consistently in academic competitions such as the district and state literary rallies; the Academic Games team has won 86 national championships; and Mu Alpha Theta students have won 27 state championships. Members of De La Salle’s speech team have qualified for state and national championships, and the De La Salle Chess team has taken state titles.
Students are also encouraged to develop their individual talents through a broad range of extracurricular activities and athletic programs. Other award-winning organizations include the Maroon Legend (yearbook), the Cavalettes dance team, Junior Classical League and Cheerleaders.
Additional extracurricular opportunities include the Art club, J.E.T.S. (Junior Engineering Technology Society), La Troupe De La Salle drama program, the Shakespeare club, and service organizations including Key Club, Green Club, Student Council, Campus Ministry or extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to earn academic recognition through the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math) Honor Society, the French and Spanish Honor Societies, Quill & Scroll Journalism Honor Society, JCL Latin Honor Society, and the state’s first chartered chapter of the National English Honor Society.
Student athletes participate in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, swimming, tennis, softball, golf and track. The Shane and Holley Guidry Baseball/Softball Complex is a state-of-the-art indoor facility housing two full-length batting cages for baseball and softball, as well as additional open space for tennis and golf practice.