Since 1966, La Salle has been providing a quality, Catholic, college-preparatory education to students of the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. La Salle serves a socio-economically diverse student population; about 19% of this population is minority and 67% are Catholic. Our student body is drawn from as far north as Ridgefield, WA and as far south as Salem, OR. Sixteen percent of our students live in the state of Washington.
La Salle is sponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and is one of 1,600 Lasallian educational institutions located in over 80 countries worldwide. The Christian Brothers were founded in 1682 by St. John Baptist de La Salle, an aristocrat in Rheims, France. De La Salle was also a Roman Catholic priest and canon lawyer, who used the whole of his inheritance to further the education of poor children, the children of 17th century France's artisan class. Named Patron Saint of Teachers by the Catholic Church in 1953, many characteristics of modern education that we take for granted, such as lessons in common (instruction previously had occurred one-on-one, with tutors), a fixed class schedule, fixed arrival and departure times, education in the vernacular (it had previously occurred only in Latin), first appeared in De La Salle's schools.
However, what truly made De La Salle the pioneer, the educational innovator that he was, was his key tenet, that true teaching is rooted in an authentic love of students and that a truly effective teacher-student relationship must be based on practical affection and mutual respect. This core philosophy remains the foundation of De La Salle's many contributions to education and is a unifying characteristic of Lasallian schools worldwide.