Thanks largely to many kind referrals from current families, interest in DeLaSalle among prospective families continues to build. We welcomed a standing-room only crowd of guests at our Open House on November 7th, 292 families visiting De from over 75 different middle school communities across the Twin Cities. Geographically, the range was from Orono to Stillwater. As the yard signs have suggested, even prospective “Islanders are Everywhere!”
This was an eight percent increase in Open House attendance from 2015, and given a steep enrollment decline in several of the more typical feeder schools to DeLaSalle in recent years, the turnout was particularly noteworthy. DeLaSalle teachers, staff, and a large number of student ambassadors enthusiastically welcomed our guests and shared the great news about De. Perhaps you may see some familiar faces on our Facebook page here.
The application deadline for the Class of 2021 is February 10, 2017. DeLaSalle seeks to enroll between 175-200 ninth graders next fall. As families continue their search process, many are scheduling student visits or parent tours in order to get a closer look at De. Prospective parents may schedule individual tours during the day by contacting either Director of Admission, Patrick Felicetta `01, or Vice President for Enrollment, Mike O’Keefe `78.
On October 31st, we began the student shadow visit program, the “Islander for a Day.” (DeLaSalle always waits to implement this program until our incoming ninth grade class has had two months to become acclimated to our school and to each other.) In our first week of shadow visits, we hosted 72 prospective students. Over 100 additional students have already scheduled a date to visit DeLaSalle, and we have been receiving 10-15 requests each day.
To schedule a student day visit or to begin an admission application, families are encouraged to visit our website and access the Applying for Admission page. Families should be aware of certain policies/practices in place for student shadow visits:
- Only the parent of a prospective student may schedule a visit, at least three days in advance of the desired date.
- The prospective parent either requests a De student as a potential host or suggests interests, classes and characteristics for a host (i.e. Honors math, soccer, band, from the same neighborhood). From there, De will try to find the best fit to match those requests.
- If a student is currently in grades 9-10-11, the process is slightly different. The prospective transfer family must have had a conversation — and begun the formal application process — with the DeLaSalle Admission Office prior to visiting the school. The “Islander for a Day” program is reserved for families authentically considering DeLaSalle as a potential school.
With the February 10 ninth grade application deadline less than four months away, it’s a busy time in the Admission Office. We have already been receiving letters of recommendation and application forms. We ask applicants to submit transcripts that include as much of the eighth grade year as possible.
To receive more information about DeLaSalle or the application process, please contact Patrick Felicetta, at 612-676-7605 or Mike O’Keefe at 612-676-7679.