“To touch the hearts of students is the greatest miracle you can perform.” -St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers (1651-1719)
What do we mean when we say we’re “Lasallian”?
It means San Miguel Middle School is rooted in and operates from the educational and spiritual values of St. John Baptist de La Salle. De La Salle was a Catholic priest who gave up his family’s wealth to promote the education of the poor in 17th century France. His schools for the poor were innovative for the times, since education was considered desirable only for the elite. His basic philosophy was to “find those most in need and serve them.”
De La Salle, who founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools, turned the existing model of education on its head opening schools across France for children caught up in generational poverty. His model of a holistic, transformative education was so successful that eventually Lasallian schools were opening throughout Europe. Today, there are over 100 Lasallian schools—primary, secondary and universities—educating more than a million students worldwide.
San Miguel Middle School of Tulsa is not governed by or financially supported by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Like other San Miguel schools across the country, it receives the benefits of shared educational vision and best practices.
The five core principles of a Lasallian school include:
For more information about Lasallian education, go to www.lasallian.info.