Finances: • 77 percent of students receive tuition assistance/50 percent receive full tuition • 60 percent+ qualify for Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program • De La Salle North Catholic has a family income standard for admission; generally, families earn 75 percent or less of Portland’s median per-capita household income
From the number its internship program and class offerings to the members of its staff, De La Salle North Catholic is growing. As it enters its 11th year serving low-income students in Portland with a college preparatory education, the freshman class has nearly 100 students, up 25 percent from just two years ago. Corporate sponsorship partners have grown to nearly 90, including 12 new organizations such as Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, TriMet, and Unitus Community Credit Union.
The growth is not limited to students and the work program. The school has added AP calculus, AP English, constitutional law and journalism to the range of available classes, all while keeping class sizes small. Extracurriculars have been added; wrestling joins the sports program, making De La Salle North Catholic the only Catholic high school in Oregon to offer the sport.
The school welcomes new staff, too. Lasallian Christian Brother Anthony Nguyen will work with youth ministry and tutor math. Maria Cabrera is now the ninth-grade English teacher, coming from Los Angeles; Kevin Clark, a recent arrival from Maine, will teach senior ethics and global studies; Michelle Nicola, an alumnus of La Salle High School, joins as a Spanish teacher; and Kyle Ritter, previously a Title 1 instructor, will now teach geometry. Lasallian Volunteer Michelle Chan will help coordinate the Corporate Internship Program. Also joining that program as associate directors are Aiyana Ashley, from the Stoel Rives law firm, and Jenna Scott, a former Jesuit Volunteer. J.D. Taylor joins the staff in student support and as head wrestling coach.
The focus of the school remains — to offer students a path to a college education and a future as faith-filled, competent, college-ready citizens. In De La Salle North Catholic’s second decade, the number of people and organizations touched by the mission and the scope of what the school offers continues to grow.