Prospective Families’ Frequently Asked Questions
When should I start the application for my son?
Students apply for admission to De La Salle Collegiate for 9th grade during the fall of their 8th grade school year. Applications, the HSPT, and submitting the Archdiocese of Detroit Common Application with the De La Salle sub section. These forms are due by Christmas break. However, we do track students in our database as early as the third grade.
My son plays sports, but I am afraid he won’t make the teams at DLS and I want him involved. I heard you have to be an all-star athlete to attend DLS. What should I do?
This is false. Yes, we want our students involved outside of the classroom, but we make no distinction about what they choose to participate in. Almost all of our clubs and sports are moderated or coached by DLS faculty and staff. This is done by design. We want to reinforce positive adult relationships in our students’ lives. Being involved in extracurricular clubs, sports, and activities are great ways to accomplish this goal.
Do you have to have straight A’s to attend DLS? I heard you need a very high HSPT score just to be considered for admissions to DLS.
No. Part of the Lasallian mission is the education of all students. At De La Salle Collegiate we believe that all students deserve a Lasallian education. We want students who work hard and are a positive influence on their surroundings. This does not mean all students are accepted to De La Salle. We review all grades, test scores, conduct reports, and the application itself when determining acceptance and placement within the curriculum.
This is especially true for students trying to place into the elite International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or Advanced Placement courses. There are cutoffs based on grades and scores for both of these programs.
I would love to send my son to DLS, but I cannot afford the tuition. What can I do?
You are not alone. Over 40% of the families at De La Salle receive aid to make the tuition affordable. We never want tuition to be the reason a family cannot send their son to DLS. Our financial aid grants range from $500 up to 70-80% in extreme cases. We strongly urge any family concerned about tuition to speak with the DLS Admissions Office.
I make too much to qualify for financial aid, but I still cannot afford the current tuition for my children. What do I do?
This is a statement we hear often; however, we urge every family to go through the financial aid process. We remain committed to finding a reasonable solution to tuition. Once again, we strongly urge families to contact the Admissions Office if they are concerned about affordability.
How can my son earn an athletic scholarship?
He cannot. De La Salle does NOT award any athletic or talent based scholarships. The only ways to lower the cost of tuition are through a financial aid grant, participating in the SCRIP program, earning an academic scholarship on the HSPT, or receiving a sibling discount. Absolutely no students at DLS have received athletic scholarships to attend.
How am I going to get my son there? I live 30 minutes away.
De La Salle is a commuter school and takes strides to make the building accessible for families. The building is open to students from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. each school day. In addition, we help families facilitate carpools from the surrounding areas. Currently we have students who attend from 4 counties, and over 70 communities. Limited busing is available for interested families; there is a fee for the bus service.
Does De La Salle have the same schedule as Regina?
No, we do work closely to match the schedules. You will notice DLS has the Monday after Regina’s Homecoming off, and likewise Regina has a Monday off after the DLS Homecoming. This scheduling makes it easier for families with children at both schools. With that in mind, there will still be some inconsistencies between the two. For a full calendar for the DLS school year please click here.
Do I have to be Catholic to attend De La Salle?
No, students can belong to any religion. However, the overall student population is over 80% Catholic. Regardless of a student’s religion the Catholic faith will be taught in Religion courses and students will be required to attend, grade level retreats, monthly masses, and participate in school service.