St. John Baptist de La Salle
Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
Patron Saint of Christian Teachers
De La Salle Collegiate High School is founded on the religious tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and animated by the educational vision of St. John Baptist de La Salle. De La Salle Collegiate provides a quality education in an atmosphere that incorporates Gospel values. Our De La Salle community places special emphasis on those school activities that proclaim Christ’s message of Salvation and provide opportunities to practice that message. The preeminence of Lasallian mission and the centrality of Christ in daily life at De La Salle is illustrated by the call and response from teacher to students at the beginning of classes at DLS:
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
St. John Baptist De La Salle….
Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts
St. John Baptist de La Salle was canonized as a saint in 1900 and declared the Patron Saint of Teachers in1 950. He lived in 17th-18th century France and founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Reims in 1680. The culture of France at the time was hierarchical, with a small upper class and a large underclass. De La Salle was a priest, who founded the Brothers as a non-clerical religious community, with the purpose of providing a Christian and human education to the young, especially the poor.
“His genius lay in organizing the schools, training and supervising teachers, and adapting various educational methodologies, thereby elevating the lay ministry of teaching within the Church.” (Touching The Hearts of Students; Characteristics of Lasallian Schools”, Van Grieken, FSC, 1999.)
The relationship between the teacher and student was most important to de La Salle. The Brothers were to know their students, in order to help them individually. They chose the name “Brothers” as opposed to “Masters,” which is what teachers were called at the time. Thus, the Brothers were older brothers to their students.
De La Salle and his Brothers believed that the education they provided was to be practical, providing the students with skills needed to find work in French society. This education was also to be free, since most students could not afford to pay anything. At the same time, the Brothers stressed Christian morality and values, in order to bring these “badly brought up children” to salvation.
“The end of this Institute is to give a Christian education to children; it is for this purpose the Brothers keep schools, that they may teach them to lead good lives, by instructing them in the mysteries of our holy religion, and by inspiring them with Christian maxims, and thus giving them a suitable education.” (Chapter 1, 3; Common Rules of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, 1718)
The educational philosophy enunciated by La Salle over 300 years ago has borne fruit around the world. Today, the Brothers of the Christian Schools, assisted by more than 85,000 Lasallian partners, teach over 940,000 students in 82 countries. John Baptist de La Salle’s emphasis on a close, caring and personal relationship with students, the centrality of Christ, and the focus on serving a wide-range of students, are characteristics of Lasallian schools around the world. Likewise, this educational philosophy is central to the life of De La Salle Collegiate High School.
Follow St. John Baptist de La Salle’s Footsteps
De La Salle Collegiate High School is an all boys, private Catholic High School, conducted by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The school was founded in 1926.
De La Salle is located in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb located in Macomb County. The school offers a college prep curriculum. De La Salle’s athletic teams are called the Pilots, and nearly every team is part of the Catholic High School League (CHSL), operated by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Interested students are invited to contact the Admissions Office for Application information, as well as information regarding financial aid and tuition.