La Salle in the City
La Salle in the City provides curriculum-based cultural experiences for students. The program offers opportunities for learning outside the classroom by taking advantage of public events and institutions related to the instructor’s educational goals. The program provides students experiences they may not otherwise have the ability to enjoy, connecting theory to function. La Salle in the City is designed to demonstrate the practical application of classroom instruction to better prepare our students for “real world” critical thinking necessary to succeed in society.
Students can participate in this unique program according to grade level, site interest and approval by the administration. For students interested in travel, La Salle in the City offers adventures to Salem, Massachusetts; New Orleans; and hiking trails of the Appalachian Mountains. La Salle in the City brings our future financiers to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the heart of Wall Street and the halls of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to see the famous gold vault. The nature of the visits to these various La Salle in the City sites has a direct correlation with their classes and curriculum.
African American Day Parade – This is an opportunity for our students to celebrate African American history. La Salle students will join the community to highlight African American history and salute African people through- out the world for their outstanding achievements.
Bishop’s Christmas Luncheon – La Salle students will have the opportunity to a end the Bishop’s Christmas Luncheon, which is sponsored by the Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens. They have raised over $750,000 to secure the continued success of Catholic school students and places of faith in the Brooklyn communities. This is a wonderful event for students to meet new people while representing La Salle Academy.
Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon – La Salle students will have the opportunity to represent their school at the Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon. Catholic Charities, in collaboration with the Ladies of Charity, host this annual holiday tradition. It raises funds to benefit women and children served by agencies and programs affiliated with Catholic Charities.
City Hall – Antonio Reynoso ’08, a distinguished La Salle alumnus and New York City Councilman, will accompany students on a tour of the historic City Hall in downtown Manhattan. Students will get an inside look at what is known as the oldest City Hall in the United States, which houses the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council.
El Museo del Barrio – Students will have the opportunity to visit El Museo del Barrio. The mission of El Museo del Barrio is to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all La n Americans in the United States. Through its extensive collections, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals and special events, El Museo educates its diverse public in the richness of Caribbean and La n American arts and cultural history. By introducing young people to this cultural heritage, El Museo is creating the next genera on of museum-goers, while satisfying the growing interest in Caribbean and Latin American art of a broad national and international audience.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Students will take a train downtown to visit the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, one of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks in the United States. They will learn about the role of the New York Fed and the broader Federal Reserve System in setting monetary policy, promoting financial stability and serving communities to advance economic growth.
Hispanic Celebration Mass – Interested students are able to attend and participate in the Hispanic Mass celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Students will be able to worship by celebrating Mass in the spirit of Hispanic culture.
Little Italy Trip – Students take a trip down Mulberry Street, first to represent La Salle at a reception hosted by Figli di San Gennaro Inc.’s board of director’s at Most Precious Blood Church. Later in the evening, students get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine and dine at one of Little Italy’s finest restaurants.
Manhattan College Trip – Manhattan College is a Lasallian educational institution founded in 1853 by the same De La Salle Christian Brothers who founded La Salle Academy. Saint John Baptist de La Salle is known as the innovator of modern approach to education for his work establishing schools to educate disadvantaged children in 17th century France. Manhattan College is located on a lush, 22-acre campus in Riverdale, Bronx. The school offers a safe and secure home base that’s within arm’s reach of the greatest city in the world. Education at Manhattan College has a strong focus on practical, experiential learning. This is an opportunity for students to visit a fellow Lasallian school and get a taste of the college experience that they are striving for.
Math Museum Tour – Those interested in mathematics will have an opportunity to increase their understanding and change their perception of mathematics. The Math Museum’s dynamic exhibits and programs will spark curiosity in the minds of the Lasallian students that a end this trip.
Metropolitan Museum of Art - As one of the most visited museums in the world, La Salle students will enjoy the level of thought provoking paintings, sculptures and exhibits the Metropolitan Museum of Art has to offer. With not just paintings, but weapons and armor from around the world, the students will also acquire a much more hands-on experience of history. The Museum also boasts a wonderful teen program that includes classes, workshops, special exhibits and internships for any student that wants to continue their exposure to a place of art and history.
New York Post Tour – A trip to the New York Post will open the world of newspaper publishing to La Salle students. Established in 1801, the New York Post is one of the oldest continuously published newspapers. The New York Post is an ample place to learn how newspapers are developed, edited and sent out on a daily basis.
New York Stock Exchange - Thanks to distinguished alumnus Rick Taiano ’83, a group of 10 La Salle’s upperclass- men have the opportunity to visit the New York Stock Exchange located in the heart of Wall Street. Students will also tour the executive offices of The National Australia Bank (NAB) and learn about how to invest in stocks, early investment practices, and international banking.
Salem, Massachusetts – The La Salle junior class visits the scene of the famous Salem Witch Trials in connection with their studies of the “Crucible.” Their English studies are brought to life while the students enjoy the fun of traveling to Salem, Massachusetts.
San Gennaro Festival – La Salle students and be seen in a sea of red sweaters as they march in the Grand Procession at the 89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro. Students proudly represent La Salle on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood, which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants beginning in the early part of the 20th century. The beloved Feast of San Gennaro is an annual celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples.
Special Olympics Championships – La Salle will take 50 interested students to volunteer at the Special Olympics on Randall’s Island. This event enables the students to serve others and participate in the community.
Black History Month Mass - His Eminence, Cardinal Dolan will be the Principal Celebrant for this annual celebration of Catholic faith & Black culture, scheduled for the 1st Sunday of Black History Month in February, which is also the Nat’l Day of Prayer for the African American & African Family. The Mass is held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Students have the opportunity to participate in this special Mass to worship and celebrate Black History Month.
Broadway Shows – Each year, we afford the opportunity for La Salle students to enjoy one of the most celebrated features of New York—Broadway. Art and literature combine in some of the most entertaining traditions that New York City offers.
CBS Radio Station Tour - Bringing “Traffic and Weather Together” for years, CBS Radio Station is home to WCBS (AM), one of New York’s all-news radio stations. Students who go on this trip will discover what goes on behind the microphone of a radio station as well as the constant flow of news that these stations use to keep the people on the roads and in their homes on me for work or any possible dangers.
El Repertorio Español - Off Broadway Show- Founded in 1968, El Repetorio Español provides the best of Latin American, Hispanic and Latino plays to broad audiences, located in Manhattan. The theater has received several awards and citations from organizations such as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA). Students will come here to see La Gringa, the story of a young woman who leaves New York to Puerto Rico and discovers her roots.
Federal Court Mock Trials - Students are invited to participate in a Courthouse Program sponsored by the Honorable William C. Connor Inn of Court. Participants learn about the U.S. justice system through presentations by a U.S. Marshall’s Officer and other courthouse personnel, and a mock trial in which students deliberate as if they were a jury. The event ends with a reception and Q&A session with lawyers and federal judges.
FDNY Training/Firefighter for a Day - The one-day event was developed to share the New York City Fire Department’s team building and leadership practices with its participants. Our students enjoy the program that offers the students the opportunity to go through the FDNY’s state-of-the-art training simulators to strengthen their teamwork, leadership, communication and problem solving skills.
Google Office Trip – Students participate in Google’s “Shadow a Googler for a Day” outreach program at its New York City office in Chelsea. This unique program was recently established to inspire high school students to pursue careers in the software engineering field, or to work for software/technology focused companies. Students shadow a Googler for a day and participate in all tasks, including meetings, extracurricular activities, role responsibilities and project work.
Greenwood Cemetery - Juniors taking American History have the opportunity to visit the historic Greenwood Cemetery. Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Greenwood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. The site of the Battle of Long Island, Greenwood is a Revolutionary War historic site. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Greenwood Cemetery is recognized for its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history.
Jewish Heritage Museum - La Salle students shall experience multiple perspectives on Jewish culture, history and life as they go through the Jewish Heritage Museum’s award-winning exhibits. The museum’s mission is to serve as a living memorial to those who died in the Holocaust, as well as to preserve their memory. This trip serves as a testament to the endurance of people, as well as to remind Lasallian students about the dangers of intolerance.
La Salle University (Philadelphia) - As part of our Lasallian spirit, students will have the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia to visit La Salle University, one of our brother schools and top liberal arts colleges in the country. With Philadelphia as an economic and education hub, this trip is a wonderful chance for the students to immerse themselves in a college environment, as well as think about furthering their education at La Salle University, or any school of higher education around the area.
Metropolitan Opera Backstage Tour – Students have the opportunity to experience a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.
Metropolitan Opera House: La Bohème – A group of students will take a trip uptown to the MET to experience the opera, an art form in which singers and musicians perform a drama c work that combines libretto and musical score in a theatrical setting. Students will enjoy La Bohème, which is considered to be the world’s most popular opera. La Bohème is a timeless and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris.
Mets/Yankees Stadium Tours – Math is the key to calculating and understanding baseball statistics and standings. Who are the best players and teams by batting, hitting and on base average and how are those stats calculated. In the exciting and historical environment of New York’s two baseball stadiums, students learn the practical application of their math studies.
Midsummer’s Night Dream — Off-Broadway Show – William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent drama st. He is o en called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon.” His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more o en than those of any other playwright. As part of the English curriculum, La Salle offers our students a chance to see the play they study be brought to life on stage.
Museum of Natural History – The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. As part of their biology curriculum, freshman students are able to view exhibits related to their studies throughout the collections of the Museum.
National Basketball Association Headquarters – La Salle Academy celebrates a tradition of excellence in basketball in New York City. In March, distinguished alumnus Salvatore LaRocca ’82, President of the NBA’s Global Opera ons and Merchandising, arranges a tour of the NBA Headquarters. This trip enhances the student’s studies and gives them the opportunity to see another side of the professional basketball industry.
New Orleans – For two nights and three days, the French Club take an educational adventure to the historic New Orleans. Students begin their trip with a walking tour to the historic French Quarter, also known as The Quarter or Vieux Carre. The itinerary also includes visits to St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in America, Mardi Gras World, Evergreen plantation, dinner at the original Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant, as well as a walking tour by a local guide called the Vampire and Ghosts tour.
New York Red Bulls Game - The New York Red Bulls are the official soccer team of New York City. As part of the soccer program, students have the opportunity to train with the Red Bulls and attend a handful of New York Red Bulls games throughout the season at no cost.
New York Tenement Museum – Students will tour the New York Tenement Museum, which preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, America’s iconic immigrant neighborhood; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America’s evolving national identity.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – La Salle Academy’s history of Irish Catholic Faith continues as the entire student body marches down Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Students join thousands of others in the community to celebrate both heritage and faith on this unique day in New York City.
The United Nations (U.N) - As the leading power in confronting humanity’s issues in the 21st century, our students will visit the U.N head- quarters in New York City for an in-depth look at the inner workings of the United Nations. Students will learn about the main organs of the U.N. as well as the specialized funds and programs associated with the U.N.
Washington, D.C. Trip – It is tradition that the La Salle senior class takes a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit our nation’s capital. This trip is a great way to learn about how our government works. The students tour the capital, visit Arlington National Cemetery, the monuments and go to the Air and Space Museum.
College Explorers - Available for rising juniors and seniors, this three-week College Exploration Program/SAT Prep program is designed to prepare students for the SAT exam and the college application process. Students also visit and tour the various universities in the New York City area, including Columbia University, Fordham University, and New York University.
CHIRP Program – CHIRP (Cardinal High Intensity Readiness Program): This is a new, two-week enrichment program for high-achieving incoming freshmen. Students travel to educational sites around the city, including the Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. On campus, students participate in fun learning activities such as geocaching and early STEM instruction.
National Hispanic Institute — Students of Hispanic descent can partake in leadership programs offered at The National Hispanic Institute, a non-profit organization based in Texas. NHI’s leadership programs include the Great Debate, Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, Collegiate World Series and Abroad Programs.
Summer Ecological Camps – La Salle Academy has a unique partnership with Christodora, a non-profit organization that helps urban youth build leadership skills and academic success through an awareness and understanding of the natural environment. At little to no cost, students have the opportunity to participate in Christodora’s summer programs that take them on hiking trails in the Appalachian Mountains in Massachusetts and to the Great Mountain Forest in Connecticut.
Summer STEM Program at The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union – Through a unique partnership with The Cooper Union, five La Salle students can a end the university’s Summer STEM Program at no cost. This extraordinary six-week intensive experience immerses students in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving. The program is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in technological innovation.