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De La Salle College
De La Salle College
131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7
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De La Salle College

De La Salle College

131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
5 to 12 (Coed)
$14,150 to $14,550 /year
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Avg. Class Size:
Day: 640 (Gr. 5 - 12)

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131 Farnham Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1H7

About this school:

De La Salle College "Oaklands" is an independent, Roman Catholic, co-educational day school, founded on the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. As a university preparatory school offering a variety of Advanced Placement programs, De La Salle delivers an enriched liberal arts curriculum for students from Grades 5 to 12. The school`s motto: "Enter to learn. Leave to serve," emphasizes the importance of helping students develop leadership skills, self-confidence and a sense of social responsibility.

The Our Kids review of De La Salle College

our takeDe La Salle College is a Lasallian school, part of an association of schools in more than 80 countries worldwide. The schools are affiliated with a Roman Catholic teaching order founded by Saint Jean-Baptist de La Salle in France in 1679. Canonized in 1900, La Salle was later proclaimed by the Vatican as the patron saint of teachers. So, in all, the College has quite a pedigree. It is committed to a Catholic Education, and religious observance is a daily component of student life. The academic program is rigorous, and augmented by an equally rigorous dedication to the development of ethical leadership, self-confidence, and social responsibility. The ideal student is one intending to advance to university.

Principal's Message


Joseph Pupo, Senior School Principal

On behalf of the entire De La Salle community, I would like to thank you for including De La Salle College “Oaklands” in your search for an independent school and I want to welcome you to a school community whose commitment to academic excellence, while providing a balanced approach to learning has served many students over its 160 year history.  De La Salle continues to expose students to a breadth and depth of curriculum that ensures students are not only prepared for university, but for life.  De La Salle College “Oaklands” is not defined by its buildings or its beautiful thirteen acre property, but rather, it is defined by the people that are a part of this community.  The Brothers, alumni, parents, students, support staff and teachers have built this school into one that is rich in tradition and entrenched in its mission.  In short, this school has positively affected the lives of many and continues today to leave an indelible mark on its graduates.

The school is vibrant: its commitment to Catholic Education; its participation in athletic activities and school functions; and its obligation to servicing the needs of the poor shape and define this wonderful school.  The College instills Gospel values and exercises a preferential option for the poor through its religion and community service programmes. It allows our students to experience the benefit of a rigorous academic environment while providing extra-curricular activities and programmes that build lifelong camaraderies and friendships. Our programming is diverse and meets recognized standards of excellence, while creating and sustaining respectful human relationships within the school community.  In other words, the school fosters an experience that is truly Lasallian.   Moreover, the school’s 160 year history has been enriched by its people who are part of this great institution.  Students, parents, and teachers, both past and present, have an appreciation of what it means to be part of this institution.  Whether you are a grade five student or an alumnus or a parent you understand that De La Salle teaches the value of moral integrity.

Come and visit De La Salle College. I am confident you will experience what many already know, De La Salle College is a selfless and committed community of learners.

I look forward to meeting you.

Live Jesus in our hearts.

Joseph Pupo, OCT

Principal, De La Salle College "Oaklands"


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What De La Salle College says: De La Salle College offers a liberal art program that will prepare and encourage students to deal with a diverse, complex and changing world. It will provide students with a broad knowledge of a variety of curricula in a an enhanced, in-depth approach to specific areas of study. A Lasallian liberal arts education will also encourage and foster a sense of social responsibility. Students will be expected to apply their intellect and practical skills to help others, especially the less fortunate. This is truly an atmosphere where students will "enter to learn" and "leave to serve".

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out our comprehensive guide.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum

    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What De La Salle College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Spiritual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What De La Salle College says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    De La Salle College offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    De La Salle College does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades5 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting5 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings5 to 12


    What De La Salle College says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    This information is not currently available.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$12,950
    Early paymentall students$12,850

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 640
    Average enrollment per grade80
    Gender (grades)5 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview5 - 9
    SSAT7 - 9
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)5 - 6
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 04, 2015

    What De La Salle College says:

    There are three major requirements for entry years (5,6,7 and 9):

    1)Entrance exam for grade 5 and 6. SSAT for grade 7 and 9. 2) Interview. 3) Application and supplemental information.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student De La Salle College is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type56789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    20 - 23 (100%)15 - 20 (100%)20 - 25 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)50 - 60 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)4 - 6 (100%)3 - 5 (100%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations

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