Our mission is to provide an affordable, college preparatory, faith-based education to young men and women throughout the Portland metro area with limited financial resources. Over 325 years ago, St. John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their schools, established the practice of providing a Christian education to the young, especially those who are most on the margins of society. Today, along with the support and sponsorship of the De La Salle Christian Brothers (San Francisco New Orleans District), De La Salle North Catholic strives to continue this mission.
Since the school was founded in 2001, our school has continued to grow and develop into a community of dedicated teachers and staff who, along with our many corporate work-study partners and volunteers, provide our unique education to capable, motivated and interested young people.
What is so unique about our school:
- Our school turns no one away based on an inability to pay tuition. Our annual tuition of $2,995 is the lowest among private high schools in the tri-county area, and less than 22% the lowest tuition rate for a private high school in our area. Still, 92% of our families need full or partial financial aid to cover that cost; and 64% get a full financial aid package.
- Every student in our school works five days each month at “real-world” jobs. Not only does the money they earn at these jobs off-set nearly 50% of the cost to educate each student, but the work experience is life-changing for them. We are a founding member of the Cristo Rey Network® of schools which, today, number 37 and are located in major urban areas throughout the United States.
- Students get individualized attention and instruction, and our school feels like a family. We have a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1 and an average classroom size of 19. Our core principles are visible throughout our school community and practiced by everyone: Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Respect For All Persons, Inclusive Community, Faith in the Presence of God, and Quality Education.
- Our students don’t simply graduate high school; on average 98% have been accepted to colleges and universities. Our students go to college with employable skills which help them pay for their college education, which ultimately, will help them break the cycle of poverty. Their success is a result of a culture of goal setting and achieving high standards by blending rigorous academics, four years of professional work experience and Catholic morals.
So, on behalf of our religious sponsor, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the Board of Trustees and the entire De La Salle North Catholic community, thank you for your interest and we invite you to come visit our students and experience our unique, innovative, and transformational school!
We look forward to seeing you soon!