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La Salle Academy

Private | 7-12 | 335 students

 

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Posted May 4, 2014

I graduated in 2004 from LSA. Best experience of my life! I was a member of the PEGASUS program for both grades 7-8 and the high school program, which is 10-12. Everyone says this is a sports school. I don't disagree--but I do disagree with those who think its ALL sports. I was a member of several extracurriculars--captained lacrosse, hockey, swimming--but I can say that a few friends of mine and I had an idea to start a robotics club. That idea turned into a showing at the FIRST Robotics National Championship in Atlanta. All in one year! The teachers go above and beyond to help out a student who is willing to try. The students are a family, and my HS friends are still friends to this day. LSA is not just a school with good sports teams. LSA is truly a family that you will never lose.


Posted July 28, 2013

I agree, La Salle is easily one of the best schools in New England. The sports are very competitive, they have just about every club and extra curricular activity that you could possibly want, they strongly encourage creativity and success in the arts, and the teachers build a very strong learning foundation for college. The students here always excel on AP exams and SATs because the teachers work hard to prepare them. Many will agree that there is a timeless spirit at La Salle. Everyone is so kind and warm. If you want your child to succeed in life, send them to La Salle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

I will be a senior at La Salle and can honestly tell you that the past three years have been the best of my life so far. I have partaken in cross country, track, SADD, French club, debate, ski club, forensics, choir, and art club. There are so many more that I could join, but unfortunately I don't have the time. I am so very thankful for the friendships and opportunities I have been given here. I am in honors and AP classes. The classes are very stimulating. I spend at LEAST 3 hours a night on homework. Sometimes I detest that, but I know that I will be very prepared for college. The teachers truly care about you here. I have always felt comfortable talking to them, they will help you with anything you need. There is a spirit at La Salle that cannot be denied. The people here are so respectful and friendly, and I am always greeted by a familiar face. The sense of community and love that i feel when i walk through the doors is something that is unexplainable. I will miss this school so much when I am in college, but I know that I will be so prepared for the future. I strongly recommend this high school to anyone who wants to excel in life.


Posted July 25, 2013

My son graduated from La Salle in 2012 and would go back there in a minute if he could. My daughter will be a senior this year and my other daughter will be a freshman. I have to say, I completely disagree with the review below. We haven't wasted our money at all here. The teachers are amazing. Maybe the student didnt ask questions or participate in class, but they have always really made sure my kids understood the material. My children have never hesitated to email a teacher or stay after school for extra help. The teachers are all passionate about the subjects that they teach and they work hard to help the kids succeed. La Salle also has a sense of community that my son misses now that he's at a big university. The students are all very respectful. He thrived on good relationships with his teachers, they get to know every student. The sports at La Salle are top notch, and there is a club for everyone to join. Not to mention, the campus is beautiful, and the science wing is one of the best in RI. La Salle has nurtured my kids, taught them, and given them friendships and memories to sat a lifetime. It has so much to offer. I promise you, you won't regret sending your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

As a student at this school, I honestly feel as thought my parents' tuition money is going to waste. I tried transferring to prep school where I felt that the tuition is actually worth it, but unfortunately, my family couldn't handle the tuition bill in addition to my brothers' college tuition. The only factor about LaSalle that makes me stay as opposed to going to my town's public school is the fact that I do feel safe at LaSalle. There are some teachers who are great at what they do, but most of the teachers, patently, are not capable of teaching. Some have masters degrees, almost none have a doctorate. I would say that maybe 2% at MOST of the faculty have the highest degree in their field (whereas prep schools have about 70% faculty with highest degree). If you want to go to PC and make 80-120k a year, go to LaSalle. If you actually want to live a successful life, look somewhere better. Don't waste your money on a school that won't do much for you. LaSalle is NOT a good investment for education.


Posted October 26, 2012

I think La Salle is an okay school. It has many extra-curricular activities, but the school itself doesn't support many of them. Only extra curricular activity that they really support is sports. The school has good community if you are big on sports but if you arent then the school will kinda isolate you from their community. School is only good for sports really. School only cares about money too. Way too expensive on books, lunch, and overall tuition is ridiculous. I think they need to get their academic mission staight.


Posted April 20, 2010

Graduated in 08'. Teachers are awesome, build a strong learning foundation but encourage individuality. One of the best schools in New England, easily. And the sports are always competitive, especially soccer which boats nationally ranked programs for boys and girls. A B+ average from LSA can pretty much get you into any college. Huge, beautiful campus that is growing into a state of the art mecca for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

This school is absolutely wonderful! My children love it and they are doing very well. They did go to a public school before and like LaSalle much better than the disorganized chaos that is public schools! I really recommend this school-- and the best part... there's no pressure from other students to wear the ''right'' clothes... so less spending there. Five stars all the way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

This is the best school I could imagine for my daughter. I feel she is safe there but I don't feel as though she is living in a bubble and has no problems to overcome- there is a happy-medium that LaSalle seems to have reached. My daughter is challenged everyday to think in new ways and to create and to live and love graciously. Also, there is an extra-curricular activity for everyone and if they don't have the activity you want, they will try to make a new team or a club for that activity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

In many ways Lasalle is a wonderful school. There is a great school spirit, it is safe and the students are nice kids. But, it is also white and middle class. The kids wear uniforms and sit in rows. In some ways, it is education with blinders on, a bubble. We went out of our way to be sure that our kids had a better feel for the world outside, but we have seen first hand kids who had a big problem when they had to deal with the real world after H.S. It is a good school and the right school for the kids who need the discipline and order. Maybe not the right school for kids who are more self-directed, self motivated and independent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2005

I am a freshman at La Salle this year and I already love it. I went to Ferri Middle in Johnston and it is such a big difference. La Salle really pushes the students to do well. I like it so much there and I have only been in school for 2 weeks. I am in the Honors Program and it is really hard but the teachers can help you or tutor you whenever you need it. I recommend this school for anyone who wants to do well in life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2005

All four of my children graduated from LaSalle. My son is still in college and due to graduate next Spring. All three of my daughters went on to graduate magna cum laude from three wonderful colleges. I believe that LaSalle was a great factor in their success. The teachers in the school prepared them well by providing the necessary content instruction and the study skills needed to succeed once they were in a more independent work situation. I have always thought well of the school and its faculty and I can attest to what it has done for my own children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

This school is great. My son is a junior this year. Trust me your child will get a brain workout. It is not a school for the faint hearted. They have many academic levels. No matter if your child is a high achiever or needs help there is a place for him/her at Lasalle. The Guidance department is very experienced. I suggest to every parent, take advantage of the Guidance department they keep you informed on how your child is performing. There are no surprises, because you also have edline where you can check on your childrens grades. Some teachers update it every 2 weeks others more often. Lots of homework be ready. Completing your homework plays a big part of grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2004

La Salle Academy is a tremendous school. A timeless spirit can be found among both students and faculty. Great academics, great sports, and a great sense of community are all among La Salle's assets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Simply put, if your child is a 'high achiever' then he or she should be in Rhode Island's absolute best private or public high school, La Salle Academy. The culture of excellence and highest standards has no compromise at LaSalle Academy. The best gift I ever gave my daugher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I would strongly recommend this school to anyone who wants to succeed and excel in life.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 64%
Hispanic 5% 22%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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612 Academy Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 351-7750

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