La Salle College Preparatory

  • La Salle College Preparatory is a Roman Catholic educational community inspired by the traditions of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Our college preparatory program enables diverse and academically capable students to become extraordinary people.
  • We are distinguished by an insistence on educational excellence that focuses on: NURTURING THE TALENTS OF EACH STUDENT The uniqueness of each student`s spiritual, intellectual, physical, and artistic potential is recognized and promoted.
  • INSPIRING IN STUDENTS A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR OTHERS Motivated by a spirit of faith and zeal, our students are informed by and made responsible for the world in which they live.
  • CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY Students are challenged to demonstrate respect and appreciation for people of different talents, cultures, religions, genders and economic backgrounds.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1956
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCost varies on program and courses taken
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students602 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade La Salle College Preparatory Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers70 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size24 students
Number of AP Courses21 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English Language, English Literature, European History, French Language, Government and Politics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C: E&M, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Lang
Average SAT score1092
Average ACT score21
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki Pants, Shorts, Pleated Plaid Skirts, Uniform Polos)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost$22,128
Admissions DirectorCharlie Guillen
Admissions AssociateSuzy Rettig


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Asian Students Association, ASL Club, Black Student Association, Film and Theater, Flying Saucers Club, Gender Equality, JSA, Le Cercle Francais, Library Club, Meditation Club, Mental Health Awareness Club, Science Outreach, Support Our Troops, Teens Against Violence, Telenovela, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Genesis, Just Dance, Rouge

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Esports Club, Indoor Soccer Club

School Notes

Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719) opened his first school in Reims, his birthplace in northeastern France, in 1679. He was convinced that without Christian schools some poor children would be lost both to the Church and to civil society. His initial efforts led him to organize the teachers whose services he had secured into a religious community called the Brothers of the Christian Schools. De La Salle inspired these teachers with the following principle: "You should therefore have a great tenderness towards them and supply their spiritual needs to the best of your ability, looking upon these children as members of Jesus Christ and as his much loved ones" (Meditation for the feast of St. Nicholas). Over a period of thirty years, he opened schools in several French cities and towns and worked with numerous teachers and students from various socio-economic levels. By the time of his death he hadfounded different types of educational institutions: primary schools, teacher training centers, boarding schools, and homes for delinquents.

Alert to the needs of his time, he was an innovator in the development of teacher training programs and in curricular and pedagogical practices. Teachers ranked with servants in seventeenth century France. De La Salle, however, recognized that teachers stand in a providential and grace-filled relationship to children. Because of the special dignity of this calling, he provided teachers with extensive pedagogical preparation and on-going supervision. In consultation with his teachers, de La Salle designed a curriculum and wrote practical and effective textbooks infused with gospel values. De La Salle was one of the early Catholic proponents of universal education. Although de La Salle`s schools were primarily for the poor, they attracted children from families of differing economic backgrounds. However, he tolerated nothing of the social segregating which was the practice of the day. He prescribed uniform management procedures for the classroom instruction of students from different social and academic levels.De La Salle regarded a school as a community of believers working cooperatively to achieve a shared vision. De La Salle envisioned teachers as ministers of grace who exercise their vocation daily by instructing youth in the principles of the gospel as well as in the various academic and vocational subjects. His teachers thus helped young people to commit themselves to the teachings of the gospel, to develop loyalty to the Catholic Church, and to prepare themselves for productive citizenship.De La Salle was a prolific writer and his educational ideas are embodied in several major works: Rule of the Brothers of the Christian schools, Meditations for the Time of Retreat, and the Conduct of Schools, as well as in the textbooks he wrote for students. His contributions to Catholic education led Pope Pius XII in 1950 to proclaim him the Patron of Teachers.

Today, nearly 80,000 students in more than 80 countries throughout the world receive their education in Lasallian Schools which differ greatly in terms of clientele, curriculum and methodology as well as in social and cultural conditions. These schools are unified in the Lasallian heritage.Lasallian spirituality is rooted in De La Salle`s "double contemplation" of our aspiration to be with God for eternity and the challenge faced by the poor and marginalized to achieve that end. 
Thus, Lasallian spirituality is:
  • rooted in the school as an instrument of Divine Grace
  • focused on the relationship between the teacher and the student
  • inspired by the salvific potential of a human and Christian  educationI
In harmony with Lasallian Spirituality, three essential characteristics form the core of the Lasallian School: (1) Teaching viewed as a ministry of grace;(2) Association, that is, the achievement of the school`s goals through the collaborative efforts of teachers sharing the same vision and values of the gospel;(3) The effective management of the schools so as to achieve the intellectual, cultural, religious, and vocational formation of the students through a curriculum suited to their needs and based on Christian values.

La Salle College Preparatory was founded in 1956 at the request of His Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre to the San Francisco District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools for construction and operation of a Catholic boys high school to serve the northern and eastern sections of the San Gabriel Valley.

Today, La Salle College Preparatory continues to function as a private Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory high school. It is a Lasallian School - an educational institution that draws its philosophy and inspiration from the Christian Brothers whose reputation for excellence in education extends back to 1680. The Christian Brothers, assisted by more than 84,000 lay colleagues worldwide, educate nearly one million students in 80 countries. These schools serve nearly every ethnic group and religion around the world. In addition to providing strong academics, each Lasallian school creates a community of persons deeply conscious of their responsibilities to each other, which is central to their success. 

La Salle College Preparatory is dedicated to excellent student performance in academics, arts and athletics. Of particular importance is La Salle College Preparatory`s call to carry out the Mission established by its founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle, "to give a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor." Lancer athletics, Student Life, visual and performing arts, honors and service societies, student clubs and organizations, and student television broadcasts and publication provide a healthy and warm community atmosphere for all La Salle students.

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