List of Clubs & Activities
- Art Club
- Blue and Gold Yearbook
- Celtic Club
- Chess Club
- Cooking Club
- Engineering Club
- Explorers Inc.
- Future Educators Club
- Gaming Club
- Gazebo Literary Magazine
- German Club
- Instrumental Band Groups
- International Studies Forum
- Italian Club
- Lab Managers
- Multi-Cultural Club
- National Honor Society
- Ski Club
- Spanish Club
- Speech & Debate
- Sports Information Club
- Student Government
- Web Managers
- WEXP Media Center
- Wisterian Newspaper
Art Club takes on a number of art projects throughout the year for the La Salle Community and works closely with La Salle's art courses as part of this co-curricular activity. Most recently, the club completed a mural outside of St. Michael's Hall.
The Art Club is moderated by art teachers Mr. Hearn and Mrs. Miller.
The Blue and Gold is the school's yearbook. It strives to capture events of the year through photography and words.
Staff members have the opportunity to develop skills in decision making and time management. In addition, they explore their own creative talents through writing, photography, and page layout design.
The Celtic Club is for anyone interested in learning more about the ancient Celts and how their culture is still evident today. The Celts lived not only in Ireland, but also in Scotland, Wales and Brittany.
Club activities include attending concerts, movies, and plays as well as rugby and soccer games. Members also learn a few Irish phrases and visit restaurants, art museums, and the Irish Famine Memorial. In keeping with the Lasallian ideal to serve others, the Celtic Club participates in a community service activity each year. All Members of the La Salle community are invited to join.
The Chess Club is open to all students at LaSalle College High School. Any student who has a desire to play and learn chess is encouraged to participate. The young men who participate in the club have experience that ranges from beginner to competitor in the United States Chess Federation.
The club meets on a regular basis starting in October. There are oppurtunities for players of all levels to participate in the "In-House" tournaments.
The La Salle choral program, under the direction of Mark Norman, is designed to provide all students an opportunity to explore the art of vocal performance with varying degrees of difficulty. Choral classes are offered in the school day during 4th and 8th periods.
If a student does not have room in his schedule, he can choose to meet with Mr. Norman independently to learn the music.
In addition to the full chorus, freshman members have their own choral class where they learn the large ensemble music and a few extra songs that they perform independently. Students may also audition for the Belcrofters, a more advanced choral group that performs mainly a capella music.
If a student wishes to challenge himself further, he can audition for the All Catholic and District choral groups
The Cooking Clubs meets monthly in the Mothers' Club Kitchen or School Cafeteria to learn how to prepare and cook various recipes.
The Engineering Club is structured to familiarize students interested in a career in engineering with the many things that engineers do. The tentative plan is to discuss the following areas of engineering: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical. The club will also review core curriculum for engineering programs at local universities. Two (2) Guest speakers and at least one (1) field trip will be included.
Every year the Engineering Club chooses a project to help out the school. During the 2013 - 2014 school year, the Engineering Club installed a solar powered lighting system to illuminate the relief of the statue of Saint Michael the Archangel located on the side of Saint Michael Hall.
Explorers Inc. is a new club that will explore such exciting topics as Entrepreneurship, Business Leadership, Marketing, Management, Sales, Finance, and Personal Banking/Credit. Let’s create a business club at La Salle that meets our needs and exceeds our expectations! Questions? Contact Mrs. Patti Finlay.
The Future Educators Club at La Salle is one of the 1,100 chapters worldwide sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa International. It is the only national and international professional organization that provides junior high/middle school, high school, and college students who are interested in education-related careers with activities and materials that allow them to explore the teaching profession.
Monthly meetings include a variety of activities such as student led demonstrations and guest speakers. Students are presented with scholarship opportunities, as well as age-appropriate materials and activities that help them gain a realistic understanding of the nature of education and the role of the teacher.
Through hands-on career exploration, students assume leadership roles and develop professional skill sets that will serve them throughout their careers.
The Gaming Club gives students an opportunity to gather with their friends while playing board, video and card games. Students compete against each other and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Gazebo is the student produced magazine of La Salle College High School. It features works of literature, illustrations, and photography from La Salle students. Once works are submitted, The Gazebo staff takes over. The staff members are actively involved in material selection, editing, and copy preparation.
The German Club is for anyone interested in learning more about the German culture both past and present. The club holds activities such as La Salle's version of Oktoberfest, German-American Day (October 6), seasonal markings of Christmas and Lent-Easter.
All of these gatherings are characterized by presentations of German music and cuisine, in particular, samplings from one of Philadelphia's premier German bakeries. Other highlights of the German Club year include videos of German culture and a trip to Ludwigs German-Austrian Restaurant in Center City.
La Salle College High School has many opportunities for the aspiring young musician, including scheduled band classes during the school day and private instrumental instruction. La Salle musicians participate in several extracurricular bands as well, including the pep band, which cheers on the football team from the stands; the pit orchestra, which provides all the music for La Salle’s musicals; and the acclaimed competition jazz band.
The competition band showcases 20 of La Salle’s most talented musicians and has enjoyed great success under the leadership of Mr. Joe Vettori.
The International Studies Forum is a co-curricular group led and organized by students from La Salle College High School and West Philadelphia Catholic High School who are enrolled in the International Studies Seminar Course. The groups mission is to coordinate and publicize student-led roundtable discussions as well as outside events such as attending lectures and webcasts which relate to international issues.
Membership in the International Studies Forum is not limited to students enrolled in the International Studies Seminar Course but instead is open to all La Salle College High School and West Philadelphia Catholic High School students.
The Italian Club introduces students to Italian-American culture. Any student or member of the La Salle College High School community with an interest in Italian culture may join. (You do not have to be of Italian heritage or studying the Italian language.)
The club attempts to introduce its membership to the many facets of Italian American life including food, entertainment, sports and history. Activities include tasting many of the Italian American foods, learning to play Bocce Ball, seeing more classic Italian movies, and learning a little about the history of Italians in our area.
The Lab Manager program is a unique technology team at La Salle College High School. Every year 50+ applications are submitted to join the team of the top tech students in the school. The program gives La Salle students the chance to have hands on experience running a real network.
The students work hand in hand with the Chief Information Officer, Peter Sigmund, and Network and Website Administrator, Braden Bonner, to maintain, upgrade, and manage the network throughout the entire school. The members learn about computers by working with faculty and their laptops and students in the labs throughout the school. From fixing problems to teaching others, the students gain leadership and teaching skills, as well as knowledge of technology. They also gain networking experience from hands on work with the multiple servers that La Salle has. After working with this program, our members become skilled with both computers and people.
The Lab Manager program at La Salle is one of a kind. The students are given the opportunity to run a network that consists of over 1200 users. The team of young men work together every day with the common goal to make La Salle the best tech school in the country.
Mathletes offers an opportunity for students interested in mathematics to use their problem-solving skills in a competitive setting.
The La Salle Mathletes Team participates in the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Mathletes, which holds monthly competitions in different areas of mathematics. The La Salle Mathletes Team also participates in a national math league which has monthly competitions conducted through the mail.
In an effort to explore and appreciate the diverse backgrounds of our students, the Multi-Cultural Club will meet on a regular basis.
Activities will include visiting local neighborhoods for Sunday Mass, reaching out to other schools with a similar club, and to help celebrate the different cultural and ethnic holidays celebrated among our diverse student body.
The National Honor Society is comprised of juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
Each Spring, a ceremony is held to officially accept newly invited members into the La Salle Chapter of this national organization. The principle service performed by the members is tutoring students who are having difficulty with one or more of their subjects.
The Robotics Team at La Salle College High School is a group of students building large and small scale robots for competition, learning, and having fun. The team was established in the Fall of 2013 by members of the former Computer and Robotics Clubs, respectively.
The Ski Club gives students an opportunity to ski and/or snowboard with fellow students in a safe, organized environment. The club sponsors an annual trip to Vermont during Presidents' weekend.
In the past we have also visited Canada and Utah. The club is currently investigating the possibility of additional ski trips to local ski areas.
The Spanish Club explores the diverse cultures of Spanish speaking people around the world in order to enhance the language experience and promote cross-cultural understanding. Activities include tutoring students in Spanish speaking elementary schools, viewing movies from different parts of the world, and playing games with Spanish vocabulary. There will be an excursion to a restaurant which serves Latin American cuisine at the end of the school year.
La Salle College High School has a long and storied history of speech and debate activities. The current team, nicknamed "The La Salle Forum", was granted a School Charter in 1979 by the National Forensics League -- the national high school speech and debate honors society. Since then, the team has had six (6) National Champions, thirty (30) State Champions, seventy-three (73) City Champions and numerous other national, state, and local awardees.
In the last 10 years, the team has been recognized with eight (8) Debate School of Excellence Awards - twice by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) in 2009 and 2014 and four times by the National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL) in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, and 2008. The La Salle Forum won the Philadelphia Catholic Forensics League (PCFL) Overall Speech and Debate School Championship most recently in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2007 as well as the PCFL Overall Debate School Championship for the last 13 consecutive years (2003-2015).
Also during the last 10 years, La Salle has had two students win a national championship (Policy Debate - NCFL 2010), thirteen (13) students place in the Top 14 at the NSDA National Finals, and 17 students place in the Top 10 at the NCFL National Catholic Finals. Since 2004, eight (8) students from La Salle have won PHSSL State Championships, while seventeen (17) students placed 2nd in the State and more than 50 Explorers placed in the Top 10 at the PHSSL State Finals.
The Sports Information Club works directly with WEXP, the web site, and the Athletic Department to cover all levels (V, JV, FR) of La Salle sports. Students who sign up will be assigned as the beat reporter for a specific team. Scores, game stories, pictures and videos will all be a part of this sports journalism experience.
Students will get hands-on access shooting video, editing highlights, researching statistics and using social media to help share information about La Salle's Athletic Department with the community at large.
In September 2012, the Sport Information Club began the La Salle Sports Twitter Feed, which received national recognition for it's innovative use of social media and student involvement.
To get involved with the SI Club, contact the club moderator, Mr. Robert Johnson.
The La Salle College High School Student Government Association or "Student Council" is comprised of a three member Executive Board, Class Officers, Class Senators, and Faculty Moderators. The Student Council, under the direction of the Student Body President, Vice President, and Secretary oversees the individual class councils and coordinates all council activities.
The theater program at La Salle has been in existence since 1969 and now over forty-five years later, integrates the talents of well over 100 students each year including female performers from our sister schools, Gwynedd Mercy Academy and Mount Saint Joseph's Academy, as well as a variety of other surrounding schools, both public and private.
The overall goal of the program is to produce the highest quality shows while allowing everyone who expresses an interest to find their niche in the school's performing arts program. To accomplish this we produce two shows per year, starting with a comedy or drama in the fall and a full scale musical in the spring. The theater program also provides an opportunity for students to develop and express theirs talents not only as on stage performers, but also as musicians, technical support, and in administrative capacities.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming productions.
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The Student Web Managers group assists the Director of Web Communications in various web projects throughout the year. The Web Managers primarily work on projects for the La Salle College High School Web Site.
The Student Web Managers also have a commitment to participate in web-based Community TechServe projects for non-profit organizations in need of web site assistance.
La Salle College High School offers a completely digital TV studio in the basement of Saint Michael Hall - WEXP.
Members of the WEXP Multimedia Manager Program produce a live homeroom show Monday, Wednesday and Friday which offers the days announcements, provides video highlights of school events and provides a forum for interviews with members of the school community.
WEXP is completely student-run and provides students real-world experience in live television production, field production, social media as well as non-linear video editing using the Adobe Creative Cloud.
This Co-Curricular Activity works closely with our Multimedia Production Courses as part of our Information Sciences and Technology Department.
Mr. Robert Johnson
M.A., St. Joseph University 2010
The moderator of WEXP is Mr. Robert Johnson, the Director of Multimedia Technology. Mr. Johnson oversees the daily operation of the TV Studio and teaches all Multimedia Production courses offered by La Salle College High School.
In his role as Director of Multimedia Technology, Mr. Johnson also oversees all multimedia content on the La Salle Web Site and La Salle's social media presence. Prior to coming to La Salle in 2007, Mr. Johnson was a producer at Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia and has also produced content for Philly.com.
In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Johnson was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for his role as a freelance producer at Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.
The 2015-16 WEXP Morning Show begins in September. All students interested in joining WEXP should contact our Director of Multimedia Technology Mr. Robert Johnson.
There is limited space available during the morning production, but all students are encouraged to produce digital content through out the day and after school as well for the morning show and WEXP Web Site.
The WEXP Multimedia Program will have 25 full-time members who will produce the live show daily, as well as be responsible for creating content for the show and website and helping with Multimedia needs around the school.
Good luck! Interviews for the WEXP Multimedia Manager Program will begin after the Activities Fair in mid-September
The Wisterian is La Salle's student-produced newspaper. Editions are published quarterly and the club gives students opportunities to write, shoot photography and work on the layout of an actual published newspaper.