What is a Lasallian Education
A Lasallian education is based on the teachings and vision of St. John Baptist De La Salle. For De La Salle, education meant development of the total person.
A School can be considered Lasallian:
- when there is a profound respect for each student as a unique person,
- when there is a spirit of community,
- when the school offers quality education,
- when it really merits the adjective Christian,
- when it manifests solidarity with the poor and promotes the quest for justice and peace,
- when its administrators and teachers have made their own the characteristics of Lasallian education,
- when the school community is formed in reference to the story of John Baptist de La Salle.
- In a Lasallian school, the Christian dimension permeates and shapes every aspect of school life: tone, atmosphere, spirit, signs, symbols, relationships, curriculum, requirements, policies, and regulations.
- Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve: is the motto for a Lasallian education.
- A Lasallian Education proposes – but in no way imposes – Jesus Christ. At a Lasallian school, all students are treated with respect and care, whatever their religious beliefs.
- To accomplish the goal of a Lasallian education, De La Salle knew, requires dedicated teachers.
Statement of Beliefs
- that we bear witness to the person and the gospel of Jesus Christ as He is understood in the Roman Catholic tradition and seek to nurture in our students a lifelong relationship with God.
- in the inherent dignity and worth of every person.
- that as ambassadors of Jesus Christ we are called to minister to our students, helping them to discover their unique gifts and inspiring them to share those gifts with others.
- that we teach our students to make sound choices and responsible decisions.
- that we appropriately challenge our students to actualize their potential through our educational program.
- that we provide a safe learning environment for our students to take educational risks.
- that we empower our students to take positions of leadership in society.
Adapted from original material created by the Brothers of Christian Schools, District of San Francisco.www.delasalle.org Used with permission.