De La Salle Academy; a Special School for Special Children

by NYC Firm Schools on May 8, 2010

Class and excellence. Those are only two of the words that describe the De La Salle Academy, a private independent non-sectarian middle school located in Manhattan. This school maintains an impressive roster of children from all 5 of New York’s boroughs.

What makes this school unlike most others is its caring for academic excellence, yet the school raises 80% of its annual budget through sources other than admission. De La Salle Academy cares about the students who have the talent, the desire and the need for a great education yet cannot afford tuition at the other fine schools.

Quoted from their eye-catching web site, “Since its inception, De La Salle has provided and continues to provide gifted, underprivileged adolescents the spiritually nurturing and academically challenging environment they need to ensure bright futures.”

The school was founded in 1984 by Brother Brian Carty, FSC who wanted his school to be committed to offering a needs-blind admissions policy; that way no youngster, once accepted, is denied a seat for financial reasons. The school’s funds are raised through various methods, the largest of which comes through the Annual Appeal, where alumni, friends and supporters contribute to De La Salle. Gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted and are applied directly to the current year. Besides this, more funds are raised through:

  • Cash Gifts
  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock
  • Gifts-in-Kind
  • Planned Gifts and Bequests

Alumna Testimonial:
“De La Salle is a school. But if one were to look beyond the tangible school, beyond the classrooms and books, the only word that would come to mind would be ‘extraordinary’. An indescribable, incomprehensible feeling comes over all who enter De La Salle. This feeling has united the complexity of thinking to the simplicity of caring. That is De La Salle.”
- N.B., alumna of ’95

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