Philosophy

...Salesianum School educates and develops the whole person based on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales whose philosophy can be summarized in "Live Jesus."

 

High schools, like high school students, are quite similar, and yet very different. Each has its own particular strengths, and some schools offer opportunities simply not found in others. Salesianum School is a different kind of high school, and we are as proud of our differences as we are of our students and our alumni. Different in that it is a Catholic school, operated by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, where moral principles and values form the foundation on which all subjects are taught and all activities take place. Different in that the Salesian spirit calls us to direct all of our actions to, with and through God.

 

The difference extends to our faculty, a group of outstanding men and women, who have dedicated themselves to challenging their students and providing them with the best possible educational experience. There is something special about the commitment which these talented professionals bring to the school and the students. In the classroom, in the halls, in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, they teach and lead by example. They always seem to be available to help those who need that little bit of extra time or encouragement. They are the ones who breathe life into the pile of bricks and mortar called Salesianum.

 

It extends to our students, who daily come from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These students come from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, and a surprising number of religious faiths. They are big and small, athletically talented and physically challenged. Some are academically gifted and some must work long and hard to succeed. But their desire is their common thread ... to take advantage of the best educational opportunity available to be educated in the example of the gentleman saint, Francis de Sales.

 

The difference extends beyond the financial sacrifices that our families make to enable their sons to attend Salesianum, and includes their active engagement in their sons' education. That engagement can take the forms of volunteerism, active participation in the Parents' Association, monitoring their sons' academic progress, and frequent discussions with their sons' teachers. Our parents recognize the critical nature of this time in their sons' lives, and have made a conscious decision to enroll them in a school that teaches moral principles, religious values, and individual responsibility.

 

The difference is a spirit, a sense of community, a pride in being a part of the special experience that is a Salesianum education. It is the result of over 100 years of tradition as an all boys school, the men and women who teach here, and the boys who study here are all part of a tradition of excellence which has seen over 13,000 men join the ranks of a proud and active alumni. For more on our philosophy, view the student handbook.