Program of Studies
La Salle College High School, a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young men of varied backgrounds, is conducted in the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Through a broad and balanced, human and Christian education, La Salle College High School guides each student in the development of his unique God-given talents and fosters a commitment to academic excellence, service, and leadership.
Classes Offered by Discipline
- History & Political Science
- Innovation & Design
- Phys. Ed. & Health
- Social Sciences
- Visual Art
- World Languages
History & Political Science
Innovation & Design
Phys. Ed. & Health
Policies & Procedures
- Academic Priority
- Class Absence Policy
- Academic Awards
- Failure Policy
- National Honor Society
At La Salle, a student’s first responsibility is to his academic career. We strongly encourage the full development of our young men through service, the arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities, at the same time as they learn effective time management in preparation for college. Teachers and counselors stand ready to assist students in the development of priorities regarding academic and extra-curricular work. We strongly believe that academic success at La Salle requires a commitment of 2-3 hours per school day for homework and independent class work, and sometimes more, in the case of honors and AP course loads.
There may be days when a student is unable to attend school. An excused absence is one that is due to illness or family emergency. Contacting a reliable classmate for homework assignments on the night of the absence and/or communicating with the teacher at the earliest convenient time is expected. Absent students are responsible for missed work. It is important to clarify that outside of illness or emergency, school attendance is compulsory. A family vacation does not qualify as an excused absence. School holidays and breaks are published well in advance to offer parents an opportunity to plan their vacations at a time that does not interfere with attendance policies. Families and their sons cannot expect teachers to accommodate missed work/opportunities for any unexcused absence. Unexcused absences during midterm or final examinations are strictly prohibited. Keep in mind that attendance throughout the school year is vital to a student’s academic success. There is no doubt that the correlation between absences and grades is extraordinary. As a rule of thumb, students who miss school have grades that reflect their gaps in learning. Students should make an effort to be in school daily and on time. Remember, the school’s main number should NOT be used to report any student absence. All attendance matters are expected to be reported to the Attendance Line at 215-233-4140 before 9:00AM. A note is required upon returning to school.
Class Absence Policy
Any student who misses 20 or more classes for a one-credit or 10 classes for a half-credit course will receive an “Incomplete” in the respective class on his quarter, semester, and final grade, presuming he is passing the course at the conclusion of the semester (for a half-credit course) and the year (for a one-credit course). The “Incomplete” will be replaced with the appropriate grade when all make up work is completed. The plan of action will be designed by the teacher of the class and will be approved by La Salle’s administration. A deadline for the completed work will be given. If, by the deadline, completion of the work does not occur or is unsatisfactory, the “Incomplete” will be changed to a failing grade. At that point, La Salle’s remediation 10 policy will become applicable. Students found in violation of the class absence policy are still required to take the semester examination on the day that it is scheduled.
Four types of honors are awarded.
1) Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: This major academic award is reserved for our top students based on the final grade point average for the previous year. Only those who earn a 4.0 or higher with no grade below a “B-” will be given this award. This award is presented to each student at the annual Honors Convocation evening in the fall.
2) Scholastic “L” Award: All students achieving a 3.75 or better G.P.A. with no grade below a “B-” based on final yearly grades receive this award. This award is presented to each student at the annual Honors Convocation evening in the fall.
3) Academic Excellence Award (1st semester): This award is given at the end of the first semester to those who have achieved a 3.75 or better G.P.A. with no grade below a “B-”.
4) Second Honors: This academic award is presented to all students achieving a 3.5-3.74 G.P.A. with no grade below a “B-” based on final yearly grades.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is composed of La Salle College High School juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in the area of scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
As determined by La Salle College High School and in accordance with the National Honor Society guidelines, a student will be invited to apply for admission to the National Honor Society if, after five semesters, he has:
A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.75
Actively participated in extracurricular activities
Significant involvement in community service
The endorsement of three faculty members
A record of outstanding citizenship as determined by the Dean of Students and adherence to La
Salle’s Honor Code and Student Regulations.
A committee of faculty and administration will review all applicants to determine acceptance.
In the spring semester, a ceremony will be held to induct new members into the La Salle Chapter of the National Honor Society. Once admitted, the student is expected to maintain the minimum G.P.A., continue his participation in activities, provide service to the La Salle community, and maintain his record of outstanding citizenship.