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What are De La Salle Supports?

Getting off to the right start is critical for success in school. The De La Salle (DLS) Program consists of supports that help students transition to Mullen’s academically rigorous environment. It is designed for students who demonstrate a need for additional academic support initially,  but have the ability to succeed in a college preparatory (CP) environment. DLS Supports prepare students for CP by providing them with structured curriculum, community support, and additional academic resources. DLS offers the greatest level of support at the Freshman level and phases out supports by Senior year at the latest, it is not a Special Education program and does NOT modify assignments or tests.

**for students with academic accommodations,
please see
Accommodations at Mullen High School


DLS classes and CP classes:

use the same materials and assessments

follow the same graduation requirements

hold the same GPA weight



How is enrollment in DLS determined?

Enrollment in a DLS course is decided during the admissions process and is based on specific criteria in the admissions file including a student’s prior middle school performance, standardized test scores, Mullen assessments, and teacher recommendations. Students in the DLS program typically have low performance on standardized testing, gaps in study strategies, or low self esteem toward school.  Many students in DLS had success in middle school but may not have been exposed to the concepts or strategies that Mullen expects.


What are the goals of the DLS?


Transition to CP Courses.  Students can leave DLS classes as early as freshman year based on assessment scores as well as teacher and Director recommendation.  There are no DLS supports Senior year.

Support students in learning strategies.  Students will be taught skills to build self-advocacy, self-esteem, time management, as well as content strategies to be successful in a college preparatory classes.

Meet college readiness benchmarks. Readiness benchmarks are indicated by the ACT. The De La Salle Program aims to improve scores for  students and meet readiness benchmarks.

What are the specific supports?

Specific Curriculum

DLS classes are offered in Math, English, Social Studies and Science only.

  • Reading, Writing and study strategies  are explicitly taught within DLS courses
  • DLS Classes are capped at 20 students to provide closer interaction with faculty
  • DLS Algebra I, DLS English I and II and Chemistry are stretched over three trimesters instead of two to provide more time in learning content

**DLS classes are NOT remedial classes and meet CP standards without modification** Students who qualify for DLS may not need supports for all core classes, (ie. DLS English but CP Math), but must be enrolled in study skills.Students who place into CP Math or English will gain an elective spot.  Most will taken foreign language beginning their sophomore year.

Study Skills Courses

  • Freshman level -  to help students transition into high school
  • Sophomore level - to prepare for CP level classes
  • Junior level - to begin the college search process and prepare for the ACT

Individualized Support

  • A director of programming collaborates with teachers to develop curriculum, supports parent outreach, and oversees the program’s effectiveness.
  • A counselor specific to De La Salle works with students and parents/guardians to assist students with educational, career, and life planning and helps to  facilitate interventions.
  • An after school homework help center.
  • Teachers within the program provide content specific learning supports
  • Summer enrichment courses for incoming students

De la Salle Program Ensuring Student Success Accommodations Student Support Services Summer Bridges Academic Programs for the Class of 2021


Liz Castellano
303.761.1764, ext. 3403






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