Prospective Families’ Frequently Asked Questions
When should I start the application for my son?
Students apply for admission to De La Salle Collegiate during the fall of their 8th grade school year. See our Apply Now page for details.
Do I have to be Catholic to attend De La Salle Collegiate?
No. Students of any faith may attend De La Salle. Our overall student population is over 80% Catholic. All students are required to take Theology courses, attend all school Masses, attend grade level retreats, and participate in school service.
Do you have to have a high High School Placement Test to be considered for admission to DLS?
No. Part of the Lasallian Mission is the education of all students. At De La Salle we believe that all students deserve a Lasallian education. We want students who work hard and are a positive influence on their surroundings. 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. Nearly half of the families at De La Salle receive tuition assistance. We never want tuition to be the reason a family cannot send their son to De La Salle. 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 De La Salle Admissions Office.
I make too much to qualify for tuition assistance, but I still cannot afford the current tuition for my children. What do I do?
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.
Can my son earn an athletic scholarship?
No. De La Salle does NOT award any athletic or talent based scholarships. To lower tuition costs, parents may apply for need-based Tuition Assistance, participate in the SCRIP program, earn an academic scholarship based on the High School Placement Test, or receive a sibling discount. No students receive athletic scholarships.
How am I going to get my son there? We live 30 minutes away.
De La Salle is a commuter school and the school is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. each school day. The Admissions Office facilitates car pools. Currently, students from over four counties and 70 communities attend De La Salle. A limited busing program, for a fee, is also available.