LSI Announces Mission Expansion Initiative

For Immediate Release
October 6, 2020
Media Contact: Andrew Mangini, (518) 598-6324

La Salle Institute Announces
Mission Expansion Initiative

Board of Trustees Unanimously Approves Coeducational Plans

Troy, NY — Through a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, La Salle Institute will expand its mission and become a coeducational school providing education to young men and women of the Capital Region beginning September 2021. This decision was made with the concurrence of the Diocese of Albany and with the approval of the Brothers of the Christian Schools of the District of Eastern North America.

With this change, La Salle Institute will join the nearly two-thirds of Lasallian Catholic middle and secondary schools across the country that are coeducational.

“This decision is consistent with our desire to be proactively forward-thinking and assure a strong future for our school. It will strengthen and expand the legacy of La Salle Institute for many decades to come, and we will proudly embrace our expanded mission as the premier 21st century coeducational Lasallian Catholic school in the Capital District,” said Edward Ryan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Class of 1965.

La Salle Institute has been a valued presence in Troy since its founding 170 years ago. Its mission is guided by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, whose vision for education has been sustained around the world for more than 300 years. The Mission Expansion Initiative Committee of La Salle Institute is developing a comprehensive plan of implementation, engaging current and future parents and students, as well as alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees in this journey. More details will be unveiled as this inclusive process begins and evolves.

“The world is constantly changing, providing great opportunities for men and women, and 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 with the same opportunity that we have been providing to boys and young men for so many years. Our future students – young men and young women – will be encouraged to work together in a spirit of cooperation and understanding, and realize their full potential to become moral, responsible, and productive members of their communities. This will produce a strong sense of purpose and respect for each other. These timeless values are, and will continue to be, our foundation,” said President and Principal Joseph Raczkowski, an alumnus of the class of 1972.

About La Salle Institute

La Salle Institute is renowned for providing the highest levels of education by challenging and assisting students in developing 21st century skills. The faculty and staff create a loving, caring, and supportive environment that imparts Christian values and effectively encourages students to realize their full potential and become moral, responsible, and productive members of their communities with a sense of purpose and dedication to truth, honor, and duty.

La Salle Institute, founded in 1850, is an independent, Catholic college preparatory school serving students in grades six through twelve in the tradition of our Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers. La Salle Institute is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the District of Eastern North America.