The LaSallian Education Story
Lasallian Education is the story of the vision and innovations of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers. De La Salle transformed education by forming a community of educators with whom he developed a spirituality of teaching and learning, to give a human and Christian education to young people, especially the poor.
The Lasallian pedagogy has continued for more than tree centuries. Centering on Catholic values, personal relationships and creativity, Lasallian Education emphasizes academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service and social justice. The Lasallian Education story is about transformative experiences that enrich each student's cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.
Today, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Partners sponsor one of the largest education networks in the world. In the Lasallian Region of North America, the Lasallian Education network, in 2012, consists of 109 schools and ministries in the US and Canada. There are 7 colleges/universities, 54 high schools (2 are Cristo Rey), 16 middle schools (11 are San Miguel), and 4 elementary schools. Other ministries, which total 28, include youth care facilities, residential and day treatment programs for young people with special educational and behavioral needs, retreat centers, after school programs, and summer camps.
In the 21st century, Lasallian Education continues to respond to students through advances in teaching, technology and scholarship. In Lasallian communities, educators touch hearts, stimulate minds and cultivate leadership to prepare students for life, work, and service to society and the Church.
The Qualities of LaSallian Education
The Lasallian educational mission provides transformative experiences that are innovative and holistic.
- Teaching methodology based on the vision and spirituality of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, predicated upon personal relationships and a focus on each student's learning needs
- Faithful to the Lasallian mission of human and Christian education for the young, especially the poor, for more than three centuries
- Conducted by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and Lasallian Partners
- Centered on the Gospel and Catholic values
- Advancement of innovations in teaching, technology and scholarship