Portland, OR. For sixteen years, De La Salle North Catholic High School has provided a rigorous academic curriculum coupled with a unique work study program for low-income students, right in the heart of their community. Every student in the school works one day each week at one of 80+ Portland Metro area corporations and organizations to offset more than 50% of the cost of their education. Educators prepare these young people not only for college but for life. On October 13th, De La Salle North Catholic High School raised a record $501,395 to provide financial assistance to students in need. At the event, Laurie Kelley, Kelly Hale, and Julie Mancini posed for a photo. (Photo Credit, Andrea Lonas.)
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About De La Salle North Catholic High School:
De La Salle North Catholic High School provides a faith-based, college preparatory high school education to underserved students from the Portland area. Our goal is to develop tomorrow’s community leaders by making high-quality education accessible to motivated young people in a learning environment that values cultural, spiritual, and ethnic diversity. Our educational approach provides each student with the opportunity to succeed through small classes, high expectations, and active participation in our Corporate Work Study Program. We don’t turn away any capable, motivated or interested student because they cannot afford our tuition.
The De La Salle North Catholic Code
De La Salle North Catholic students are expected to follow a code of ethics:
As a student of De La Salle, I am focused on my future; therefore, I am responsible for what I say and what I do; I respect my teachers, my peers, and my school; I am on time; I am prepared; and I demand the most of my ability.
About the Cristo Rey Network
Founded in 2001, De La Salle North Catholic was the first school in the nation modeled after Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. The Cristo Rey Network of schools was established for students in communities that have limited access to private education. Thirty Cristo Rey schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 6,500 young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college success. Cristo Rey Network schools employ an innovative Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with real world work experiences. Every student works five full days a month to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education.
The De La Salle Christian Brothers
We are part of the International Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, commonly known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers; and since 1868 we have been dedicated to creating communities of learning in the western United States. Today the Brothers and Lasallian partners of our district serve more than 10,000 students in four western states: Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Administrative offices are at the De La Salle Institute, located at Mont La Salle in Napa, California. The district also collaborates with the other districts of the USA/Toronto Region and the worldwide Institute.