As of mid-July, it appears likely that DeLaSalle will begin the 2017-18 school year with another strong enrollment. While the school continues processing recent inquiries and placing qualified ninth grade and transfer applicants, it appears that both the ninth grade and total enrollments will be comparable to 2016-17.
DeLaSalle is still accepting applications for the coming year and registering students at all four grade levels. Currently, between two and five spaces are available in each grade. All of us at DeLaSalle are grateful for the many kind referrals from current families and friends of the school. In the months of June and July alone, we received 37 new inquiries for fall enrollment across all four grade levels, and many of the applicant families are citing the recommendations of parents or students they know.
Admissions Office personnel have been leading family tours, processing applications, administering exams, conducting transfer interviews, and registering new students, provided (1) the student meets admission criteria and (2) both a reasonable course schedule and tuition contract can be built for the student and family this late into the admission cycle.
Interested families are encouraged to contact Mike O’Keefe at 612-676-7679 as soon as possible to learn more about DeLaSalle, admission criteria, the application process, and potential placement.
Enrollment at DeLaSalle has fluctuated considerably over its history as seen in these 25-year increments:
1917 – 226 boys
1942 – 481 boys
1967 – 1231 boys
1992 – 353 boys and girls
2017 – 765 boys and girls
The current enrollment remains the school’s largest since 1970-71, when 780 students, all boys, were studying in three buildings – the current “A” and “B” buildings and also the original “C” building, which stood in the area now known as Founder’s Park from 1900 to 1972. From a peak of 1654 boys in the 1960s, De’s enrollment had steadily declined to a 77-year low of 306 boys and girls in 1990-91. From that point, enrollment steadily climbed over 20 years and then accelerated rapidly this decade.