Lasallian educational institutions are affiliated with the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a religious teaching order founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, who was born in Reims, France on April 30, 1651. He was born the first son to a wealthy family, was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral by the time he was 16 years old, and was ordained a priest when he was 27. Eventually, De La Salle altered his life-path to fully devote himself to his fellow teachers whom he called brothers as well as his students. This in turn meant that he renounced both his Canonship as well as his wealth. However, instead of putting his money into the school, he put it into giving food to the poor during a particularly harsh winter.
Many authorities opposed De La Salle and the creation of his schools, especially since the tuition was whatever the family could afford to pay. In 1950, he was declared the Patron Saint of Teachers. Now, 300 years later, there are more than 5,000 brothers and thousands more lay partners worldwide. San Miguel is one of the many schools that continue this mission “together and by association”.
Five Core Principles
Concern for the Poor and Social Justice
We are in solidarity with the poor and continue to advocate for those who suffer from injustices.
We work together with students entrusted to our care to help them grow both in education as well as people.
We celebrate our differences and welcome all to join us.
Respect for All Persons
We honor the dignity of all individuals.
Faith in the Presence of God
We believe in the presence of God in our students, staff, faculty, and community.
Lasallian education empowers students to become whole persons—intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually. It aims to enrich the whole person through teaching and the development of the student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual well-being. Lasallian education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service and social justice.
Today, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Partners continue to respond to students through advancements in teaching, technology and scholarship. In the United States and Canada, the De La Salle Christian Brothers and their Partners serve more than 99,400 young people in six colleges and universities, 66 elementary, middle and secondary schools, 11 educational centers, and eight youth and family services program. The mission touches the hearts of more than one million young people in 1,000 ministries in 77 countries.