Saint Mary’s College of California was founded in 1863 on the writings and teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Today we are a diverse and inclusive academic institution that welcomes students of all faiths, believers and nonbelievers alike; still, our Lasallian core principles are a living reality that we experience daily.
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 across the globe. Declared a Saint in 1900, John Baptist de La Salle inspired others how to teach and care for young people with compassion, how to affirm and how to 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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