Curriculum

La Salle has eight departments of graduation coursework that meets and exceed the Cal State and UC eligibility requirements.

All students have flexibility in their schedules to explore electives in their areas of interest and are encouraged to challenge themselves across all disciplines.


English
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science
  • Four years of English
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Global Studies
  • US History
  • Civics & Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry or Physics
World Languages
Religious Studies
Art
Physical Education
  • At least two years of the same foreign language: Chinese, Spanish, or French
  • Four years of Religious Studies
  • One year of a visual or performing art
  • One year of personal health and fitness



English

La Salle College Preparatory' s English Department is committed to developing each student’s appreciation of literature, depth of critical thinking, and mastery of the art of written communication and analysis. We offer a program dedicated to studying a broad range of themes, genres, and time periods, and employ a variety of teaching methodologies to accommodate the learning styles of all our students.

Our four-year curriculum encompasses World, British, and American Literature, culminating in the senior year with courses devoted to contemporary themes in canonical and contemporary texts.

  • World Literature: English I
  • British Literature: English II
  • American Literature: English III, AP Language & Composition
  • Critical Perspectives: English IV, AP Literature & Composition

In addition to our required courses our English Department provides several electives on campus and through hybrid instruction including: Creating Writing/Fiction into Film, Expository Reading & Writing, Classic Novels and Author Studies, Gothic Literature, Mythology & Folklore, and Journalism.

Mathematics

At La Salle our mathematics courses are designed by our teachers to be inclusive and supportive, while providing the necessary foundation for future application. All La Salle graduates will be independent problem solvers who can deploy mathematical thinking in whatever future position they hold.

Students at La Salle are required to complete:

  • Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2.
  • Upon successful completion of Algebra 2 students are encouraged to take electives in mathematics each year until they graduate.

Our electives include:

  • Precalculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, Calculus AB, AP Calculus AB/BC, Abstract Algebra & Number Theory, Trigonometry, and AP Computer Science

Social Studies

At La Salle all students must complete at least one year of inquiry in the following social studies subject areas. However, to support student personalization of their coursework we provide numerous options for courses including:

  • Global Studies: World History, AP Human Geography, AP European History
  • U.S. History: AP US History, US History
  • Economics & Civics: Economics, Civics, AP American Government & Politics, and AP Economics

We also offer numerous on-campus electives including: Introduction to Law, Introduction to Psychology, California History.

Through our hybrid instructional partnerships students can also take: Anthropology, African-American History, Sociology, and Philosophy, World Religions, AP World History: Modern, and AP Psychology.

In addition to our robust course offerings La Salle College Preparatory is proud to sponsor a chapter of Rho Kappa, the only nationally recognized Social Studies Honors Society. Students who are admitted to Rho Kappa will participate in Social Studies outreach activities in the local community, as well as attend monthly meetings to discuss current events related to the better understanding of social and historical issues.

Science

La Salle College Preparatory’s Science Department is dedicated to fostering critical thinking, analysis and problem solving all while developing a foundation of scientific knowledge. Our goal is for all La Salle students to master the standards of performance required for advanced scientific study at the collegiate level.

Our science curriculum requires students to complete at least 2 years of lab science.

  • Life Science: Biology
  • Physical Science: Physics, Chemistry

At La Salle we have a number of elective science courses offered both on campus and through our hybrid program including: AP Biology, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Chemistry, Environmental Science, Genetics & Biotechnology, Human Anatomy, Ethics in Science & Medicine, Forensic Science, (Sports Medicine, Earth & Space Science, and AP Environmental Science.

World Language

The World Languages Department focuses on fostering language comprehension by developing fluency in speaking, reading, and writing. Our courses center the study of language on the appreciation of culture, customs, geography, history, and traditions of the peoples where the language is used today.

At La Salle students must take at least 2 years of a world language while enrolled at La Salle.

  • Level I: Spanish 1, French 1, Chinese 1
  • Level II: Spanish 2, French 2, Chinese 2
  • Advanced Coursework: Spanish 3, Spanish 4, French 3, AP French Language & Culture, Chinese 2, Chinese IV, AP Chinese Language & Culture

All students who have previously studied a world language will be evaluated by a departmental placement test prior to course enrollment.

All La Salle students are required to take four years of religion and complete coursework in The Arts and Physical Education to graduate. For more information, please see The Arts, Religion and Athletics pages.

For more information on Course Offerings and required coursework at La Salle please download our current course catalog. If you have any questions, contact our Admissions team at admissions@lasallehs.org

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La Salle College Preparatory was founded in 1956. Today, we are the only truly diverse and co-educational Catholic high school in Pasadena.