De La Salle College is a boys' secondary Catholic maintained school in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is a Lasallian educational institution affiliated with the De La Salle Brothers, a Roman Catholic religious teaching order founded by French Priest Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle.
La Salle enrolled its first 275 students in on the 5th of September 1966. The head of the school was Brother Cornelius. La Salle Secondary School became known as La Salle Boys School.
The school continued to operate on its original site while using the old Cross and Passion site on the Glen Road. The Junior School (years 8-10) used the Glen Road site from the late 1980s before consolidating at one site at Edenmore Drive, following the completion of a new building. The old buildings were suffering from severe dilapidation after almost 40 years. In 2009 construction was completed. At this time it became known as De La Salle College.
In September 2008, after over twenty years of operating on two sites, the brand new purpose built De La Salle College was opened. It remains one of the most up to date schools in Northern Ireland with modern fully equipped classrooms, laboratories and workshops. Additional funding was secured at that time to allow a double sized sports hall to be built alongside the gymnasium and the weights and fitness rooms. Outdoor pitches at St Genevieve’s are also currently used for PE classes and extra-curricular activities.
The school also includes the chapel of St Jean Baptiste De La Salle and modern facilities for the Home Economics, Technology, Music and Drama department. In June 2014, an investment of over £200,000 was made to refresh of all C2K networked PCs.
The school now features ten suites of networked PCs and four Apple Mac suites, in addition to portable devices such as laptops, chrome books and iPads. The new building also serves as an Entertainment Venue and Multi-sports venue after school hours. The De La Salle Sports Complex operates as a private fitness and leisure provision at affordable prices for the local community.
AIM 1: The Building of a LaSallian Atmosphere and community spirit which will create the conditions in which all staff can fulfil their roles and all students can be active participants in their own education.
AIM 2: The Promotion of a Pastoral Care System which will facilitate the Christian formation of all students to meet the challenges of life in modern society.
AIM 3: The Provision of academic and vocational courses which will: develop in each student his skills and talents; prepare each student for public examinations; develop in each student a sense of dignity, self esteem and self respect.
AIM 4: The provision of a Staff Development Programme to appraise the needs and aspirations of staff as they provide the commitment to and the scope for, a high quality of education.
AIM 5: The creation of an awareness by the school of the needs of the local community and the promotion of the role of the school in that community.