This Is Us
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.
A School of Welcomes
We'd like to acknowledge the unusual and relatively high number of students who transferred in from other schools each year. The three reasons most often cited were: small classes with more individual attention, co-education and provision of extra resources. We would also like to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions our 'visiting' European students have made to school life. There's always an adjustment period and we hope you now feel that you fit in, part of the family. We are very aware that some of you, from both groups, have gone out of your way to participate in school life. Some of you have made such an impression on your teachers that you have earned a nomination for a merit award in the short time you have been with us. We'll see how you fare in May at the award ceremony.
Ardscoil La Salle was established in 1968. Originally an all-boys school, it became co-educational in 1978. The school functions within the Irish Education system, as a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School catering for boys and girls. It is a school in the De La Salle tradition sharing the mission of human and Christian education of young people. The Lasallian family was founded in Rheims in France in 1651 by John Baptist de la Salle who dedicated his life to education and became the patron saint of teachers in 1952. A De La Salle school is a community consisting of students, teachers, auxiliary staff, parents and trustees. Today, there are De La Salle schools in eighty different countries and more than sixty thousand teachers, parents and trustees work in partnership with over a million students. The Brothers have been working in Ireland for over one hundred years. Inspired by the vision of St. John Baptist de la Salle, all De La Salle schools were established to:
- Give a human and Christian education to the young, especially the disadvantaged.
- Help young people to develop to the full their individual talents.
- Be a community, which strives to foster a spirit of collaboration and mutual enrichment among all of it members
Ardscoil La Salle, Raheny, is a Co-Educational Secondary School, in the Lasallian tradition. It is a learning community, striving to give a human and Christian education to its students, with special concern for those who are disadvantaged. Students, staff, parents and management work together to ensure that all endeavour to live by the school motto: Ad Summum Semper, (Always Aim for Highest).
Usually, applications are received from 6th class pupils in local primary schools within the Howth Deanery area during September for the following year. If your child is not in a Howth Deanery primary school,please contact us and we will provide you with a form at any time during your child's 6th class of primary school.
You can also get in touch if you are thinking of transferring your child from another school, either for the beginning of a new school year or part-way through the current one, and would like to explore the matter further.Such enquiries are common.
We are also taking expressions of interest in First Year places for the future years.We do not operate 'waiting lists' or similar, but would be happy to keep in touch in the intervening years.
If they are available, a member of our Induction Team will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
A school tour can be arranged through the office 01-8480055. The school has an Open Evening each year around mid-September.
All applications are processed according to our Admissions Policy.
Note that there is a separate different application form for our ASD classes - please phone our office to enquire.