Coming from a small school myself, the thought of applying to a prestigious and respected school such as De La Salle, a school which I had no connections to, was quite nerve-racking. However, the Admissions staff and Student body were extremely helpful from the first inquiring phone call to Orientation Day. While the admission process does require many different steps, I can confidently say that the school only does this to ensure that it finds students who will thrive in the multi-dimensional academic and social environment that De La Salle has to offer. When I applied in grade 9, as a shy, quiet kid, I felt stressed, not by the requirements to get in, but rather by the prospect of entering such a new and foreign environment. But, from my interview to my first day, I was always greeted with a smile and been encouraged to be and improve myself. The stress and slight fear I had of entering such a school was completely lifted off my shoulders during my interview; it didn’t feel like a quiz or interrogation, but rather, I was able to freely and openly converse about myself, immediately giving me faith and trust that De La Salle was the right school for me.
We feel that the admission team really wants to find the most suitable students and families for admission. The in-person interview was a wonderful way to evaluate them as they evaluated our daughter to make sure that their rigorous program and values would be compatible with student ability and expectation as well as the family's traditions. At the time of our application it was wise to write the Secondary School Admission Test but i believe that the other components of the application were more important. We started in grade 9 and our daughter was able to participate in a Reach Ahead math course to prepare her for the advanced standing of current Del students. Her math skills improved tremendously and she met some wonderful new friends.