De La Salle Academy, originally located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, was founded in 1984 by Brother Brian Carty as a private, non-sectarian school for economically less advantaged students in grades six, seven, and eight.
Brother Brian is a former teacher and principal of De La Salle’s inspirational predecessor, The Monsignor William R. Kelly School. The Kelly School was begun in 1965 to provide inner-city boys with a multi-ethnic environment in which they were trained in academic excellence and leadership. The Archdiocese closed the school in 1972 for financial reasons. The alumni of the Kelly school were instrumental in helping Brother Brian start De La Salle.
In 2003, Brother Brian opened an all-boys school in memory of accomplished Kelly alumnus George Jackson. The goal of George Jackson Academy is to educate and nurture boys from low-income families who have high academic potential. Although George Jackson Academy has its own character and culture, it remains rooted in the values and legacy of De La Salle.
De La Salle provides a high-quality education in a nurturing and supportive environment geared to bring out the very best in each child – academically and personally. The faculty of De La Salle provides rigorous academic training to our youngsters while simultaneously fostering positive student-teacher interaction and instilling the values of community, personal sharing, and civic responsibility.
De La Salle has transformed the lives of over 1,600 academically talented students!