De La Salle North Catholic High School

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Tim J


“The greatest miracle you can perform is to touch the hearts of your students.”

St. John Baptist de La Salle


Young people come to De La Salle North Catholic High School to prepare themselves for college and life. Here, in the presence of dedicated and loving teachers, our students grapple with a rigorous curriculum that launches them toward college, embrace their own spiritual call to serve through Lasallian Youth Ministry, and contribute to the Portland business community through the Corporate Work Study Program.  Ours is a school that changes lives - the students who attend here, the staff who love and care for them, and the community that embraces them.


All students at De La Salle North Catholic take a rigorous load of demanding courses, graduating with more core subject credits than are required in any public school in the state.  To help students adjust to the academic demands asked of them the school provides multiple supports. The school provides two summer programs to prepare incoming 9th graders and build proficiency for 10th and 11th graders. The Academic Resource Center coordinates all tutoring, providing daily one on one or small group tutoring through the day. In addition, Title 1 services in Reading and Mathematics are available to eligible students, occasional Saturday sessions allow students to catch up, and teachers are always available before and after school.


Among the communal assets De La Salle North Catholic brings to Portland is its diversity - we are the most diverse private school in Oregon. Our student body is the future workforce of this great city. We believe that engaging in critical discussions about race and culture shape our students’ confidence in who they are as young leaders. We embrace the sharp challenge of that truth by providing leadership opportunities where students act on their faith and their vision for an inclusive society.  In this way, our students and staff fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream for “all God’s people” as we embrace the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church that the "dignity of human life is the foundation of a moral vision for society" and that we belong to one human family.


Over four years, our students’ experiences in the classroom, at Work Study jobs, in leadership roles, and speaking their truths prepare them for life they seek.  Over our front door is our Lasallian motto: “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.” Our alumni live this out every day and are young leaders at their colleges and universities as well as in their work sites and local communities throughout the United States.


Come join Knight Nation . . . and change your life.  Live, Jesus, in our hearts . . . forever!


Tim Joy