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De La Salle

Private | K-8 | 373 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $359,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,770.

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Posted May 2, 2014

We are very happy with DLS. I transferred my children here from another local school 3 years ago. The staff and teachers have been approachable and I love the fact that I'm able to communicate with their teachers through "fast direct" and receive texts. This system is a dream for the working parent. I love seeing my children enjoy learning about their faith and academics. My only concern is that I wish their extended care after school program was more organized to include tutoring or educational activities. Possibly getting csun students to volunteer may bring more "success" to the program. Other than that it's been a well worth investment!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 17, 2013

I m glad that my kids attended this school Because I always wanted my students to be In a safe environment where they could learn Catholic beliefs , discipline and moral values Which one we cannot find it in other public schools With all my respect . The only issue was the lack Of communications with the staff , they don't Solve problems if any arise ! Parents are great , they Cooperate together ,In exception of a few parents who thinks that they need to discipline other while achieving their mandatory Volunteers hours , I suggest that the management Would offer a mandatory training class for the parents from the Beginning of the school year !
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 17, 2013

De la Salle is a wonderful school. I was a student there, and I feel like I got the best education possible. I am not sure if the person posting below even attended De la Salle because the school only goes up to 8th grade, and there are no high schoolers there. The kids are great, and I have never seen bullying. In fact, the school brought in an anti-bullying counselor at the beginning of the year to make sure that kids were educated about the effects of bullying. The families at De la Salle care about one another and their kids. The teachers and staff understand the needs of the students and their parents, and make efforts to address any problems that come up. By their graduating year, the students in each class level are so close that they are like family themselves. These are bonds which will last a lifetime. I am so glad that I got a great education at De la Salle.

Posted June 14, 2013

This school is the worst. I was a student here, and there are two main problems about this school. A lot of the teachers dont care if a student understands a lesson or not, they would just assign work, because "It won't affect my pay if you don't do well." My other reason for hating this school is the students! A lot of them are bullies and show offs. I Would watch high schoolers pick on elementary school students. A lot of the students here just love to show off, and make people feel horrible, and to think this is a religious school. So, in conclusion people here are rude, both students and staff, and don't send your children here.

Posted April 22, 2013

This school is WONDERFUL! My daughter has been here since kindergarten and will graduate from 8th grade this year. I researched carefully before enrolling her. She has flourished academically, spiritually and socially as a direct result of attending this school. The principal and VP are young and enthusiastic. The teachers constantly work to improve the curriculum. The administration is open to parent suggestions and is working on a technology plan and foreign language option. The majority of parents are involved and caring. I have read the negative reviews on this site, and they do not at all reflect our experience at DLS. I have had an opportunity to observe for 9 years now, and I have seen a small number of very vocal parents who either resent being asked to volunteer or fundraise, or have children who have been disciplined. Unfortunately, these parents gripe, gossip and obviously post on this site before leaving the school. However, the vast majority of the DLS parents are amazing people who love their kids and want to provide a top notch education for a fraction of the price of other private schools. DLS is a family, and I am glad my daughter was a part of it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 26, 2013

We have been happy with the religious education our children have received and with what they have been learning for the most part. However, the school lacks effective communication and from the start we were left confused and uncertain of what was expected of us. The school, from the teachers to the principal do very little to support or engage new parents or provide them with tools to be active members of the community. We have not had a positive experience. Our child's teacher is reactionary; she punishes for behavior she deems inappropriate and does not work to avoid situations that might cause a repeat of unwelcome behaviors. Sadly, she is not alone. The school on the whole is reactionary. They overreact and punishments are inappropriate (detention for Kindergartners who play roughly and detention for late arrivals). Rather than make changes to the supervision and avoid any other issues, they expect the punishment to be a deterrent. We have been made to feel as if there is something wrong with our child and the school has continued to show us over and over again that they are not willing to work with us for a more positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2013

Unfortunately I can not recommend De la Salle the school has gone through so many changes its become a revolving door of who is who at DLS. The new principal I found to be unengaged with the students and parents and for me this was a huge reason for leaving DLS. I look forward to the time DLS can get back to what is important a decent education, good solid teachers, and great leadership the students deserve that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2012

DLS is a great school! We have been through a lot of change, but that is what is necessary to continue to grow and be the school our students need us to be. We instill a strong Catholic lifestyle not only through our teachings, but as life examples. We are quickly integrating technology into our classrooms and through fundrasing have purchased many new devices. Our computer center is up an running to provide students with skills necessary for the real world. We have great art and music teachers who bring the fine arts alive in our classrooms. All of our teachers are devoted and are very skilled at their craft. Most importantly, the staff works together as a collaberative team to ensure that the childrens' best interest and needs are being met. We are also implementing the Common Core Curriculum to keep our students challeneged and on track. Transitional Kinder classes will begin in January for those that are ready! Stop on by and check us out, we are always here for you.
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Posted September 4, 2012

This school has gone thru many changes; I can say that because I am a De La Salle parent since 2003. The most positive change has been the transition of the new principal Monica Castaneda. She is a vibrant and positive mentor not only for the children but for the entire school. My oldest son graduated in 2010 and is an honor student at Bell Jeff High School in Burbank, he was able to accomplish this with the values and goals that not only we as parents instill, but also with the help of the teachers at De La Salle. This schools mission and values are truly based on values on respect, caring and education goals for all students. We would truly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2012

my kids are currently enrolled in the school. we just received info from the school that there will be a tuition fee increase in the next school year. the reason being that the pastor and the current principal thinks that other surrounding catholic schools currently demands a higher tuition fee than de lasalle. the reason other schools in the locale has a higher tuition fee is because that they perform better than delasalle and have something else to offer like computer labs and enrichment programs, etc... sad to say that although my kids are going to miss their friends in delasalle cause they are going to another catholic school next year..
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 23, 2011

good school. i wonder why you people think it's bad. i really like the glee club because it allows participation to show what you got in your talents. the teachers are good. the activities are well organized, but i think the edu. is very slow, and studying at a lower level. some of the main office people should go because they rarely do anything but talk about unnecessary subjects.

Posted May 20, 2011

I love De La Salle. We have so much to offer the children, glee club, sports, chess club , Decatholon, swim team, and student council. I have been at DLS for nine years. My kids are happy and they are doing great in their studies. We have a lot of great families. They welcome parent participation. We are a great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 23, 2011

Not recommended... your child deserves better! The Good - Most of the teachers are wonderful & really seem to care about the students. Parents get along & create a family feel to this school. The Bad - No computer lab, very limited extra curricular activities, higher tuition this year, 25 volunteer hours required, new mandatory fundraising fee, no financial aid. The Ugly - Teachers complain the school does not support them, administration & office staff are very standoff-ish (it's their way or the highway), school doesn't invest $ in the kids or classrooms, the school Pastor is unfriendly, & the school is run like a dictatorship, so if you are not happy about something - too bad! Before enrolling, view the student stats on this website to see if you fit in. To the "appalled" reviewer below who blames the parents for the school "falling apart", it's not the parents that took away the computer lab, eliminated extra curricular activities, & won't provide the teachers with what they need in their classrooms. Stop blaming the parents for the administrations decisions. And the new principal is just reinforcing all the bad decisions of the past, so no, he is not making things better here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2011

My son is getting a great education here. The principal change and the departure of some teachers has made a world of difference. I am very happy with the middle school program!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2010

The school is heading in the right direction. There are still a couple of teachers that need to retire but overall most of the teachers are enthusiastic about teaching the children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2010

I'm completely appalled at most of the reviews the people have given to this school. They have been saying that the school has a bad reputation, and that it is an utter mess. Those who have commented their negative point of view are just wrong. They have underestimated what this school can bring to a child's growth and development . And to all of those who gave bad reviews you are one of the reasons why this school is falling apart. You are making it fall apart, when the state it was before was excellent. The teachers are great,and bring extraordinary encouragement to the children, which help them succeed in the future. The new principal is just amazing ,and he can bring this school to success.

Posted June 9, 2010

Horrible, Just horrible! The previous Principal left the Teachers and new Principal with a complete and utter mess to clean up. The reputation of this school is all but destroyed. In this day and age it is almost incomprehensible that this school does not have a computer lab!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 13, 2009

Bad news still remains. The news of the principle retiring was good to hear... however the vice principle remains with no interest in the childrens education, safety and growth. No computer lab. There are preferences to those who volunteer all their time (best if your a stay home mom/dad. Overworked teachers with no appreciation, and intimidated to ask for help.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 6, 2009

Just ended a 54 year family attendance record with this school. New hires are week. Administration needs to retire. Not enough participation by families. Computer lab closed (necessary in todays world--to bad nobody cares). Families are fleeing at a fever pitch, , so if you want your child to have a mediocre education, there's plenty of space available. Invest the time to choose a school that will give your kids the education they need, and the respect YOU deserve!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2008

I just graduated from DLS and i agree that the principal doesn't do much about minor and major problems, the education is moderate and i had no problem with the homework. Now, the class size wasn't that big to me, but to parents, maybe it's a different point of view. My 8th grade was class great i considered them family. It isn,t a perfect school, but they should seriously work on the academics. The new teachers are not good, putting terms lightly. But, if you ask me, 'Whats did you like most about De La Salle.' My last answer would be 'the academics.'

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 44% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 31% 1%
Two or more races 17% 3%
White 6% 26%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Miss Monica Castaneda
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (818) 832-8950


Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
School-based aid
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16535 Chatsworth Street
Los Angeles, CA 91344
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