Personally, the school community is the reason I chose De La Salle over other schools; the moment I walked in at the Open House, I was always greeted with a warm smile and a kind community. Because of the relatively smaller student body compared to other schools, the school feels more to me than just a group of peers – it feels like family. There is something special about the caring community at DEL, one where no one is left out and everyone is given the opportunity to build character and form quality relationships. Therefore, the students who do best in the school are the ones who immerse themselves in a variety of different activities, club, or teams, thriving on the school’s welcoming social environment. I am thankful that the school encourages all of its students to join many different activities, even if they might not have much experience. As a shy, scared student, the student community at De La Salle has given me the chance to come out of my shell and discover new opportunities, immersing myself in clubs and teams that have provided absolutely priceless experiences for me.
The campus setting of De La Salle College creates an intimate and unique school environment. The pride in their history and tradition are very evident in the expansive grounds right in the middle of the city. We felt that the co-ed class dynamic was ideal and our daughter made wonderful friendships in her four years there. The school also utilizes a house system to organize the students into spirit day and celebration families that provide an extra level of community feeling and belonging. The school year begins with a very moving and meaningful Terry Fox day walk/run through the beautiful neighbourhoods of Toronto which bring students, faculty and families together. Winter Play day, Founders Day and other school wide events draw the older and younger students groups together.