The Lasallian Mission is an apostolic ministry of the Catholic Church that: provides a human and Christian education to all youth, especially the poor and marginalized in ministries conducted as places of salvation, by professionals acting together and by association for the sake of this mission.
Today, the Lasallian movement encompasses 80 countries where over 4,800 De La Salle Brothers and over 80,000 lay partners serve over 858,000 students in 889 schools. In the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN), this includes 54 high schools, 14 San Miguel schools, 16 middle schools, 7 colleges and universities, 3 Cristo Rey schools, 2 elementary schools, and 15 education centers and other ministries. (Last updated July 2012)
Lasallian schools are characterized by a 300-plus year tradition of student-centered, salvation-centered education. This tradition is well-expressed in the Five Core Principles of Lasallian Schools.
Five Lasallian Core Principles
St. Michael’s High School is a Catholic, Lasallian college preparatory school conducted in the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle to give a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor, by observing the Five Lasallian Core Principles.
Concern for the Poor and Social Justice
The Lasallian school calls its members to an awareness of the poor and victims of injustice and responds to their needs through programs of community service, advocacy, and justice education. At St. Mike’s, this core principle is reflected each day through the Lasallian vision of Gospel living: “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.”
The Lasallian school provides an education that prepares students not only for college and career but also for life. This education advances the students’ abilities to use their talents to critically examine the world in light of the message of the Gospels and to take greater responsibility for their own education. At St. Mike’s, this core principle is reflected each day through this Lasallian ideal: “Teaching Minds and Touching Hearts.”
The Lasallian school is a united community where diversity is respected, where no one is left out, and where everyone finds a place. Individuals within the school community recognize and accept another's strengths and limitations. At St. Mike’s, this core principle is reflected each day through this Lasallian ideal: "The Horsemen Family."
Respect for All Persons
The Lasallian school engages in a concerted effort to respect the dignity of all persons. Respect-filled relationships are at the heart of Lasallian education and are a key expression of the acknowledgement of each other’s identity as children of God. At St. Mik’es, this core principle is reflected each day through this Lasallian mantra: “Live Jesus in our hearts...Forever."
Faith in the Presence of God
The Lasallian school nurtures belief in the living presence of God in our world. Faith in the presence of God calls all students into a deeper awareness of their saving relationship with a caring and loving God and to see the world through the “eyes of faith”. At St. Mike’s, this core principle is reflected each day through this Lasallian expression of faith: “Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.”