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Lasallian Model of Education

There is great academic tradition in all Lasallian schools. Our founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle, was an innovator in his time (17th century France). He challenged the status quo by teaching in the student's native language instead of Latin, the norm at the time. His schools were one of the first schools to use simultaneous instruction, where one teacher taught a group of students instead of one-on-one tutoring. His teachers kept detailed notes about the student, their progress and their behavior, to pass along to the next teacher as a cumulative report. His schools taught manners and decorum as a way to make sure that the students were acting appropriately for the society. These are only a few examples of the innovation that started this movement of Lasallian schools nearly 350 years ago. Today as more and more researchers "discover" that smaller, more diverse schools benefit students, that a healthy relationship between the student and the teacher is the key to student success, Lasallian schools serve as examples to the validity of the research.

In a very practical way, Lasallian schools respond to student needs: quality education, respect for all persons, inclusive community, faith in the presence of God, concern for the poor and social justice. There are very intentional, distinct and noticeable differences in Lasallian schools that are important to distinguish from a traditional academy school. Below is a chart highlighting some of these differences:

Traditional Academy Model Lasallian Model
• Admissions Policies • Admissions Policies
Bright Students (80-90 percentile students) All Student Types (Comprehensive)
Dominant Ethnic Group Ethnic Diversity
Chosen for School's Advancement/Reputation Chosen for Student's Betterment
Financially Set Families Diverse Economic Students
   
• Prestigious Curriculum Set
• Curriculum Determined By:
Students Chosen to Fit It Student Needs
   
• Lavish Facilities
• Functional and Tasteful Facilities
   

• Academic Success Rewarded and Publicized

• All Success (Including Effort) Rewarded and Publicized
   
• Students Conform to School's Traditions and Reputation
• Students Contribute to Creating Traditions and Reputation
   
• Students Fit or are Failed / Dismissed
• Students are Retained, Focus on Keeping Students
   
• Regular, Honors, & Adv. Placement
• Basic, Regular, Honors, & Adv. Placement
   
• Success = Enhancement of Self
• Success = Service of Others
   
• Sports to Win (Score Emphasis)
• Sports to Play (Team Emphasis)
   
• Seniority = Privilege
• Senority = Opportunity to Serve
   
• Exclusive
• Inclusive
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