Beginning in September 2021, La Salle Institute will expand its mission and become a coeducational school, joining the nearly two-thirds of Lasallian Catholic middle and secondary schools across the country who are coeducational. Take a look at our new TV spot!

Questions and Answers

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Why are you doing this at this time?

    After 170 years of La Salle’s presence in Troy, the time has come to open our doors to girls and young women and provide them the same opportunity and exceptional educational experience that we have been providing boys and young men for so many years. The prospect of accepting female students was already part of a larger strategic exploration. In other words, this possibility had been one of a number of possible future development plans that has been discussed over many years as we continually seek to enhance and improve LSI. 

    As we consider the strength and longevity of the La Salle Institute educational heritage, the compassionate competence of our faculty and staff, and the financial realities of private education, we made this important decision. Nearly two-thirds of Lasallian Catholic middle and secondary schools across the country offer a coeducational experience; our intent is to be proactively forward-thinking in assuring a strong future for our school and strengthen and expand the legacy of La Salle Institute. 
  • Q. What will a co-educational La Salle Institute look like, 2 separate schools or completely integrated?

    We are planning a fully integrated co-educational academic institution, and will operate as one school community.  The establishment of new activities, such as sports for girls and young women, will be instituted over time and as quickly as possible.
  • Q. What grade levels will be allowed to attend? Will juniors or seniors be allowed to transfer the first year?

    Beginning the Fall of 2021, La Salle Institute will enroll girls and young women in every grade with the exception of seniors.  That is a continuation of the policy that was established many years ago regarding registration of seniors.
  • Q. What is the Leadership Program at La Salle and what will happen with the JROTC Program?

    The leadership program and curriculum directly address preparation for college and career.  It is the only program of its kind in our region where young men and women work collaboratively, just as they will in the real world.  The JROTC Leadership program will continue as an important part of our school culture, and we invite you learn more about Leadership at La Salle by visiting our dedicated page. 
  • Q. Will there be modifications to the school uniform, will uniform rules change, and what will the girl’s uniform look like?

    The school uniform is a very important part of our discipline, tradition and image, and uniforms will indeed continue to be part of the La Salle experience.  For more information, please visit our Uniform Guidelines.
  • Q. What sports will be offered for female students?

    There will indeed be sports teams for La Salle’s female students. Title IX will be adhered to and girls and young women attending La Salle will benefit from the athletic tradition and offerings that LSI students have enjoyed for so long. Please see our Athletics Page Update for more information.