De La Salle

De La Salle North Catholic prepares young people for college by providing a rigorous, faith-based education that emphasizes math, science, and language arts. DLSNC intentionally establishes a school culture where the core values of the Lasallian model are central and clearly communicated, where learning, respect, civility, and academic achievement are the expectations all the time. DLSNC serves a student body of urban, racially diverse, academically focused young people who are willing to work hard for the opportunities we offer. While many students enter DLSNC a grade and a half (or more) behind in reading and math, after their time with us they are performing at or above grade level and ready for college. Our average college acceptance rate is 98%. What’s more, our graduates complete four-year degrees at a rate four times the national average for their peers in the same socio-economic demographic.

Known as “The School That Works,” our students generate almost 50% of the cost of their education by working five days/month at one of our 80 Corporate Work Study Program partners. Rigorous academics coupled with exposure to real world work experiences provide a rare educational opportunity for students who are willing to accept the challenge to transform their lives.

DLSNC is the most diverse private school in Oregon, according to Niche ratings. Most of our students come from communities of color: 38% are Latino, 33% Black/African American, 10% Caucasian, 8% multiracial, 3% Asian, and 8% other/unknown. Families choose to send their children to DLSNC because they know we provide an exemplary high school education and inspire our graduates to pursue a college education. All of the families with students enrolled at DLSNC have incomes 75% or below the Median Area Income. The majority are from low-income households. The average family of four at DLSNC earns less than $44,000 a year while the cost of living in the City of Portland is skyrocketing. We offer generous financial aid, with 89% of families receiving full or partial assistance. Most DLSNC families—68%—receive full financial aid. No family is turned away because of inability to pay.

Here are some highlights of DLSNC curricula, programs, and activities:

  • We prepare students for college with a comprehensive 4-year college prep curriculum. DLSNC is the only high school in Portland to require 4 years of English, Math and Science; and 3.5 years of Social Studies.

  • We offer skill building and life learning opportunities through our Corporate Work Study Program. Each student works five days/month at various entry-level positions. By the time a student graduates from DLSNC they have worked over 1,440 hours, gained invaluable work and life skills, explored different career paths and work environments, and earned $31,200 toward their high school education costs. Some of our business sponsors include: Puppet Labs, Survey Monkey, Energy Trust, Columbia Sportswear, and OHSU.

  • Students get individualized attention and instruction, and our school feels like a community. We have a student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1 and an average classroom size of 21. Our core principles are visible throughout our school community and practiced by everyone: social justice, respect for all persons, inclusive community, and quality education.

  • No student gets left behind at DLSNC. We provide intensive tutoring and summer school programming for students who are testing below grade level in core academics. Support through the Academic Resource Center is available before school, during school, and after school.

  • We recognize there are other barriers to academic success and employ a Counseling Team that includes two master level therapists and a Master in Social Work intern, who ensure our students get the support they need to succeed.

  • We develop the whole student. DLSNC offers rich and regular opportunities for students to engage in nonacademic learning that allows them to pursue diverse interests, learn the value of teamwork, enhance self-esteem, and build community, including: athletics, student government, and over a dozen clubs (e.g. chess, poetry, sci-fi, cheerleading, etc.).

  • We offer robust college counseling services, including one-on-one and in-class instruction on the college admissions process, as well as coaching support for alumni as they navigate their college experiences.

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