At De La Salle College, students in Grades 5 to 8 participate in the “Reach Ahead” Program in the subject areas of Math and English. Having a solid foundation in the Junior School years, greatly influences success in the Senior School years.
In the Grade 5 to 8 “Reach Ahead” Program, students are engaged in learning curriculum expectations which would be normally taught one year ahead of their registered Grade level. With respect to new students to the College, Teachers in the Junior School are aware that students enter the school with varying foundations in skills, particularly in Math and English. Therefore, the teachers use a variety of strategies and diagnostic assessments throughout the school year to better understand each learner and ease the transition.
Upon successful completion of the Grade 8 year, the subject Teacher, in consultation with the Principal and Student Services will make a recommendation for each student’s placement for the following year.With respect to Mathematics, a student may be recommended for enrollment in either:
- MPM1D (Grade 9 Mathematics) or MPM2D (Grade 10 Mathematics).
- ENG1D (Grade 9 English) or ENG2D (Grade 10 English).
It is important to note that students who are recommended for MPM1D and/or ENG1D are given the opportunity to further develop their foundational skills to better ensure success in their Senior Years. For students who are recommended for MPM2D or ENG2D they will have more flexibility when choosing elective courses in their Senior Years.
As part of De La Salle’s commitment to a balanced liberal arts program, the College offers many College Board approved, Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP participation offers a unique learning experience with a connection to post-secondary success. The AP Program enriches and encourages critical thinking; promotes creative thought; and fine-tunes analytical skills while stretching students' reasoning ability.
Students in Grades Eleven and Twelve are eligible to enroll in an AP course upon recommendation of the Student Services Department and the approval of the principal. Students must have the appropriate prerequisites and have achieved a minimum average of 80% while maintaining a minimum mark of 80% in the subject area.
Although not mandatory, the following advanced placement exams may be options:
- AP Biology
- AP Studio Art
- AP Calculus
- AP Chemistry
- AP Computer Studies
- AP English
- AP French
- AP Geography
- AP History
- AP Macro Economics
- AP Micro Economics
- AP Physics I
- AP Physics II
- AP Statistics
Universities grant advanced placement and/or course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The curriculum at De La Salle is considered to be at the AP level for all students.
Competency, skill, self-discipline and work ethic are the foundational principles of De La Salle’s Summer School Program. The program seeks to assist our students in achieving their personal goals and maximize their own potential. The curriculum is meant to challenge, while offering integrity and accountability to students. Summer School is a wonderful opportunity to learn and broaden their experiences through the completion of a summer school credit. We endeavor to provide our students with an academic edge. Furthermore, De La Salle’s Summer School Program is balanced and offers continuity in order to successfully prepare them for their programming needs in September.
Class Mass and Retreats
School Chapel and Daily Class Mass
De La Salle is blessed with a beautiful chapel of its own. A positive way to start off the day is by visiting the chapel and spending some time in the presence of God and in reflection.
Prayer services are offered each day before the start of classes and daily mass is scheduled multiple times throughout the year for all homeroom classes.
Spiritual Grade Level Retreats
De La Salle Students attend a Retreat Day at least once a year where they have the opportunity to deepen their relationship with the Triune God and learn more about their own faith journey. Student retreats occur throughout the school year.