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La Salle High School

Private | 9-12 | 677 students


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Posted February 10, 2014

My daughter loves this school, she attended a very well known and respected private school K-8. The feeder high school was just not something she wanted to continue, all girls and mean-girl-centric. She wanted a "real" high school experience, and that is what she got at La Salle. It does not have all the optics of a high-end exclusive Pasadena private school, but I can tell you this...80% of the parents and girls at these schools want to get out and just don't know how to, they tell me, I wish we had done that (gone to LSHS). Here it is about the students and the high school experience. Admittedly, I was doubtful at first, but now I am a complete convert and cannot encourage everyone to look at this school from your child's perspective, not yours. My daughter is getting amazing grades, has a robust social life, is learning how to compete and may friends. In short, she is extremely happy and misses going to school...true! She misses school and wants to get back, she is now devoted and passionate about her teachers and the classes. Really an outstanding school, again I am the one who came dragging and kicking, but I was so wrong. This is an amazing place for High School
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2013

La Salle offers something for everybody. My daughter was at a very nice school before entering La Salle. I couldn't imagine how much better the whole experience could get. When your child is happy everyday coming home, doesn't mind studying, and engages in the many diverse activities, how much better does it get for the teen years? One parent told me the magic never wears off! The school also engages the parents well, through excellent communications and activities. I can't say enough.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2013

I had the best experience I could've imagined at La Salle. The emphasis on community is so immensely valuable. Enter to learn, leave to serve!

Posted September 9, 2013

La Salle offered me an excellent education, a community of friends and mentors, and a path to service of others that has helped me achieve success both professionally as well as personally. I would recommend La Salle to anyone seeking a challenging academic environment that also grows the whole person. La Salle has numerous opportunities in athletics, art, science, and community service. I feel lucky that I was able to attend La Salle.

Posted September 4, 2013

I'm an alumnus of the class of the class of 2007. La Salle is a great school. It prepared me for college and beyond. I was accepted to my first choice university as well as several others. In addition to acceptances I was awarded a number of scholarships. At La Salle, I learned the value of service and the value of a quality education. I could not have asked for a better high school experience.

Posted September 4, 2013

This school provides a great opportunity for students to explore different activities until they find their own special interest. Very student focused.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 28, 2013

La Salle is an ideal school community where students receive an excellent college preparatory education inside and outside the classroom. From rigorous AP courses to community service opportunities in the greater San Gabriel Valley, students will most definitely be prepared for the next chapters in their academic careers.

Posted May 8, 2013

The Los Angeles Times has ranked La Salle the best high school in the San Gabriel Valley two years in a row.

Posted May 3, 2013

Mediocre teachers, cliques, drugs on campus. Ah high school! There are some good teachers and great students. However many students at the school are too focused on the social scene and not enough on academics. There is potential but not worth the expensive tuition.

Posted November 4, 2012

My son has attended LaSalle High School for three complete years and is a senior now. Interdisciplinary learning is happening within a course content (Jurassic Park is read in the Biology classes), between (English and History team up to teach a concept and cooperate on writing essays and through extracurrilcular activities (off site learning). Students are challenged in thier studies, whether they are placed in Advanced Placement courses, honors or additional electives that meet university entrance requirements. School is very transparent re: grading systems, homework policies and discipline policies. School spirit is exceptional. Students are accepting of differences and very supportive or each other. The LaSalle experience is what your make of it. All the components of a great school are in place at LaSalle.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2012

I was very disappointed with La Salle. The academic standards are very low and the college admission prospects for La Salle graduates are much lower than the public schools. I moved my son to Pasadena High School during his junior year and I was pleasantly surprised to find that PHS had much better academic programs, and unlike La Salle, PHS did not have drugs on campus. What a waste of thousands of dollars of tuition paid to La Salle. This is a very mediocre school, and not suitable for students who aspire to attend UC level or higher colleges and universities. La Salle is appropriate as a bridge to PCC or other junior colleges, or to Cal State level schools.
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Posted May 22, 2012

My son is currently a junior. He statrted La Salle in the 9th grade. Both he and I love the school. The teachers are not only qualified but motivating. The principal, who is unfortunately stepping down this year, is that one of a kind individual who I feel privileged to have known. Every student from the most timid and studious to the the most outgoing and distracted has a place at this school. The school also puts its money where its mouth is. The school has undertaken to do everything possible to ensure that families, who have been affected by the economy, are offered reduced tuition are offered reduced tuition so that their children can graduate from La Salle. The junior/senior counselor at the school tenaciously keeps parents and students adviesed of deadlines for college testing and applications. He advises of summer internships, scholarshaps and enrichment programs. I made the mistake of allowing my daughter to attend South Pasadena High School. What a difference. I am happy to pay the tuition the tuition to La Salle and only wish I was able to contribute generously to the school to make it possible for more students to have this high school experience.
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Posted March 10, 2012

my father attended la salle back when it was coed, and from what i can tell, it has gone extremely downhill since then. academics are comparable to a public school 7th graders. drugs are extremely prevalent in the school setting and the social scene is all about cliques. the athletics suck except for softball. also, the girls here and the girls at alverno (up the hill) are very catty with each other.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 20, 2011

My son will be a Senior next fall and we simply love La Salle High School. This school offers advanced courses that other high schools don't have (Genetics, Biotechnology, Anatomy, AP Spanish Literature, etc.) The school is very well organized and teachers are always available to talk to parents or students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2011

Excellent school. Deans are very strict with attendance, uniforms, responsibility, etc. Parents can check every single class, grade, test, on line. La Salle HS offers all the help needed on SAT, ACT, and other requirements for College applications, etc.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 4, 2011

The school hired an expensive law firm to bully its neighbors; they continue with the same mentality as when I was a student there. A good place to go for kids that are in trouble and need to be trained as worker bees.

Posted April 4, 2011

I will have both my children at La Salle next Year. We are very pleased with the academic of the school and it has been a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 29, 2010

An excellent balanced program. My student is very happy and excelling in school. His test scores are also very good. He calls La Salle " The school of heaven"
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Posted May 9, 2010

I went to school here and graduated in the class of 2008. All of my siblings went to La Salle and I've seen the academics come a long way. The teachers are great. Some I have developed strong and lasting relationships. But like most of the reviews I would have to agree: the school is extremely cliquey. I was fortunate enough to have a great time with great friends all four years. Not the place for everyone, but if you have friends going into La Salle you should be fine.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 2, 2010

The school has done very well with the student athletes it has admitted over the years. It has more league championships and sport offerings than most other schools in the pasadena area.
—Submitted by a teacher

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 26%
Hispanic 21% 52%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 8% 1%
Black 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
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  • Dr. Richard Gray
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3880 East Sierra Madre Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (626) 696-4300


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