Vision Statement: A key tenet of a Lasallian institution is that every member of the community is valued, respected, and included. La Salle College High School strives to create an environment where differences in race, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, learning style, and sexual orientation are accepted and understood. With a developed awareness about diversity formed by exposure to and dialog about differences of thought and background, our students and graduates will be able to thrive in a world that is increasingly interconnected and global-minded.
Diversify our community by developing and maintaining strong relationships with potential feeder elementary schools - Catholic, public, charter and independent - that serve diverse populations, especially those located in Philadelphia and by attracting diverse candidates for open positions.
1. Develop a working relationship with the administrations and teachers of 10-20 schools to facilitate admission to our Katherine Drexel Scholars Program, 6th and 7th grade admissions practice test, VIP days, and the eventual Admission testing and application process to La Salle.
Full enrollment (20 students) in the Katherine Drexel Scholars Saturday Program.
Start: Fall 2017
2. Identify several students to extend invitations to participate in our Summer Enrichment Program with cost subsidized as needed.
More diversity in the population of the Summer Enrichment Program.
Start: Summer 2017
3. Communicate student accomplishments at La Salle to their respective elementary schools.
Improved relationships with our feeder schools.
Start: Fall 2017
4. To continue to emphasize the need for a more diverse administration, faculty and staff.
More diverse administration, faculty and staff.
5. Investigate the value of establishing Professional Learning Communities to continue the learning, dialog and experimentation with new practices and strategies.
If desirable, set up a structure around key pedagogical topics for groups to explore and report on to the wider community.
Develop a plan that celebrates diversity and aids with the sensitization of all community members – parents, teachers, staff and students – about issues of diversity through curricular enhancements and co-curricular and extra-curricular initiatives.
1. Develop a program, e.g. community-wide reading, discussions, speakers, focus groups, to explore issues of all types of diversity. Encourage parent groups to do the same. Tie program explicitly to Lasallian values.
Academic emphasis on more issues of diversity in curriculum.
Start: Fall 2017
2. Develop a method of objectively measuring the strengths and weaknesses of the diversity initiative through the inclusion of questions in the current surveys (e.g.senior exit survey and parent satisfaction survey) and interviews.
Increase empirical information to evaluate the success of the diversity initiative.
Start: Spring 2017
3. Celebrate cultural holidays and develop year-round spotlight/focus on areas of cultural heritage and diversity of our students.
More awareness and a celebration of the diverse cultural heritage of our student body and the area in which we live.
Start: Fall 2016
4. Encourage strategic representation of diversity in all student leadership positions.