As of mid-June, it is likely that DeLaSalle will begin the 2018-19 school year with another strong enrollment, potentially growing slightly in the coming year and certainly falling within the goals of the school’s strategic plan to be a school of 750-775 students.
The school is still accepting applications for the coming year. Vice President for Enrollment, Mike O’Keefe `78, and Associate Director of Admission, Lourdes Bunay `11, have been receiving inquiries, leading family tours, conducting transfer interviews, and registering new students, provided the student meets admission criteria and a course schedule and tuition contract can be built this late into the admission cycle. Within the past two weeks alone, 12 new inquiries for potential admission have been placed and nine applications have been completed. In total, over 50 families have made inquiry for potential transfer into grades 10-11-12 in the fall, and DeLaSalle has received, to date, just under 400 applications for potential ninth grade admission.
Interested families are encouraged to contact either O’Keefe (612-676-7679) or Bunay (612-676-7665) as soon as possible to learn more about DeLaSalle, admission criteria, the application process, and potential placement.
DeLaSalle also has added several new courses to its course offerings and has been hiring additional staffing for the coming year. We also enter the final year of the “Gateway to the Future” capital campaign which is on target to conclude successfully at the end of June 2019. The $17,000,000 campaign was launched in 2014 to pay for the Center for Innovative Learning, (which opened in August 2016) and to increase capacity of need-based financial aid programs.
Enrollment at DeLaSalle has fluctuated considerably over its history as seen in these 25-year increments:
1918 – 193 boys
1943 – 351 boys
1968 – 988 boys
1993 – 363 boys and girls
2018 – 750-770 (projected) boys and girls
This era of 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 1963-64, 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 to a range of 600-650 — and then took another jump to the current range of 750-770 student between 2011-2017.