De La Salle ConcordConcord, CA – In an effort to serve the underserved and break the cycle of poverty, De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, will open a middle school for low-income students for the 2014-2015 school year. De La Salle Academy, a division of the high school, will be a Miguel model school serving fifth through eighth graders and have its own campus in Concord.

In announcing the new school, De La Salle High School’s President Mark DeMarco called it, “a middle school that will provide high-quality, Catholic, Lasallian education to students from low-income families, and will prepare them at an early age to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.”

A generous donation from Kenneth H. Hofmann will fund De La Salle Academy for the first five years. Admission will be only for boys whose families live at less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Parents will pay some portion of their student’s costs, on a sliding scale, as part of the “parental buy-in” that is a crucial component of the Miguel model, but the school will not be tuition-driven.

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