The David program
The David Program at La Salle College High School, named in honor of Br. David Albert and Mr. David Diehl, is an additional academic support service for a limited number of college bound students with documented mild learning differences.
The students who participate in the David Program have a scheduled period each day to develop strategies for academic success and empowering the learner. We do not ensure success through the artificial manipulation of grades. To the contrary, we endeavor to raise the students' skill levels. We focus on problem solving, study, organizational, and self advocacy skills. The Program's student to educator ratio is 2:1.
The David Program is a support service for an additional fee with limited openings each year.
philosophy & goals
The David Program at La Salle College High School is an additional service for students with specific learning needs. The David Program serves a unique group of college bound students with diagnosed mild learning differences.
These students may evidence mild learning differences in reading, writing, spelling, and/or math skills, attention issues, organizational difficulties, or memory processing problems.
The goal of the program is to provide remediation or compensatory strategies to help each student become as independent a learner as possible through increased knowledge of his strengths and weaknesses, applications of appropriate study strategies, and growth towards self-advocacy.
The David Program is named in honor of two of La Salle’s most distinguished educators – Brother David Albert, F.S.C., and Mr. David Diehl.
Brother David was La Salle’s Guidance Counselor from 1940 to 1973. His persistence, patience, gentleness, and positive encouragement enabled many young men to continue their education at La Salle in an era before dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, and many other learning differences were understood.
Mr. David Diehl, a teacher, counselor, coach, Director of Financial Aid, Assistant Principal and Principal for over five decades, continues his association with La Salle as an alumnus of the Class of 1955 and a grandfather. His firm and steady hand guided many young men through troubled times, when their frustrations and difficulties were not clearly understood by either teacher, student, or parent.
how to apply
Students apply for admission into the David Program at the same time they apply for admission to La Salle College High School. In addition to the regular admissions process, the following is required for admission to the David Program:
- Interview with the Director of the David Program.
- Recent (within two years) psycho-educational or neuro-psychological evaluation.
8th grade students who may qualify for extended time on the Scholarship/ Entrance Exam are asked to submit all appropriate documentation at least two weeks prior to the exam date to the Dean of Enrollment Management via the Admissions Online Applicant Portal.