Ardscoil La Salle is now 50 years old, with a well established reputation for delivering quality education to the community. Originally a boys' school, we have been co-educational, catering for our young boys and girls, for 40 of those 50 years. It is quite a 'small' school which boasts a very small pupil-teacher ratio over all. 'Small' means that each student receives more than the usual amount of the teacher's attention. 'Small' means that if a student gets into difficulty, someone will notice - they won't be lost in the crowd. 'Small' means we see you. ‘Small' is our students’ biggest asset.
We have a very dedicated and hard-working staff, and it is not unusual to find teachers still in the building late into the evening. This has put us among the most successful local schools with over two-thirds of last years students going on to third level (a very high rate for any DEIS school) - see the infographic at the top of the page. Very many of our the young men and women educated here have gone on to reach the highest points in their careers and education. Our motto is "Ad Summum Semper" (Always Aim Highest) and many of our students go on to live up to that motto and the challenge it offers.
We offer Junior Cert, Leaving Cert, Transition Year, LCA and have a dedicated ASD class.
'Small' also means that every teacher knows every student's name. Every student knows every other student and by the time they leave, will have worked with every other student on some activity. Whenever they visit, past-pupils always speak highly of their time here. At this point we are now teaching grandchildren of some of our past pupils. Each year we attract a number of students from bigger schools who seek a more personal experience of teaching and learning. We also attract a large number of 'visiting' European students - they are usually very ambitious and a very good fit for our school.
Please check the rest of the website articles out. If you are thinking of placing your child in a local school, and like what you see, get in touch - we can make time to speak to you and to arrange a school tour so that you can see the working environment in action. If you are not local, bear in mind that we are very accessible by bus, train and road and that a significant number of our students travel large distances (some from neighbouring counties) to get to us every morning. There is an annual Open Evening in early September, where you can tour the facilities and meet, and speak with, our current students. They are very proud of their school and not a bit shy about saying so.