Saint Mary’s College of California was founded in 1863 on the writings and teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. The Saint Mary’s of today is a diverse and inclusive academic environment that welcomes students of all faiths, believers and nonbelievers alike; still, our Lasallian core principles are a living reality that we experience daily in our work and lives.
St. John Baptist de La Salle was a pioneer in founding training colleges for teachers, reform schools for delinquents, technical schools, and secondary schools for modern languages, arts, and sciences. His work quickly spread through France and, after his death, continued to spread across the globe. In 1900 John Baptist de La Salle was declared a Saint. In 1950, because of his life and inspirational writings, he was made Patron Saint of all those who work in the field of education. John Baptist de La Salle inspired others how to teach and care for young people, how to meet failure and frailty with compassion, how to affirm, strengthen and heal. At the present time there are De La Salle schools in over 80 different countries around the globe.
All students can benefit from a Saint Mary's education in which the Lasallian approach to teaching and learning is based on the idea that education is how we give back to others — that we can only truly understand ourselves in relation to the world and the people that surround us. We "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve".
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