Academic Profile


School and Community

Founded by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1903 and still conducted by the order today, Salesianum draws students from over 100 primary schools in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.


Mr. Brendan P. Kennealey ’94, President
Rev. J. Christian Beretta, OSFS, Principal
Educating young men in the example of the gentleman saint, Francis de Sales

Mission Statement

Salesianum School educates and develops the whole person based on the teaching of Saint Francis de Sales, whose spirituality can be summarized in “Live Jesus.”


1,026 students from 9th through 12th grades


The Christian Service Program at Salesianum School is designed to challenge students to engage the broader community as Salesian gentlemen through volunteer hours freely given with nothing asked in return. This service-learning requirement emphasizes direct contact with those in need or marginalized due to poverty, discrimination, old age, poor health, or physical and mental disabilities. Students complete a minimum of 25 hours of service each school year, with most exceeding this total.


Salesianum offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum. To graduate from Salesianum, students must earn a minimum of 28.25 credits.Distribution of credits is listed below:

Religion 4.0
English 4.0 Social Studies 4.0
Mathematics 4.0 Science 3.0
Foreign Language 3.0 Electives 3.5 P
Physical Ed. 1.0 Health 0.5
Technology Skills 0.5 Fine Arts 0.5
Driver’s Ed. 0.25

Advanced Placement Courses

There is a selection of 25 AP courses available to students in 11th and 12th grades. Students are limited to 2 AP courses annually unless otherwise approved by their counselor.

Some AP courses include: Calculus (AB, BC), Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, English, World History, U.S. Government, U.S. History, Economics, Psychology, Spanish and French.

Guidance Staff

Salesianum School divides its students into eight houses. The school counselors and college counselors work concurrently to provide holistic guidance to our students as they transform into gentlemen.

Director of Guidance
Mr. William Yarnell

School Counselors
Mr. Lawrence Fletcher Mr. Ralph Heiss

College Counselors
Mr. Christopher LaTempa Ms. Molly Ontiveros

Educational Support Services

Students with documented learning differences are provided guidance through our education support services.

Mrs. Susan Gardner

Ability Groupings

All academic programs provide a challenging curriculum for students in preparation for college, with 99% moving on to four-year institutions after graduation. Salesianum ability groupings are divided into the phases listed below:

Phase 2 – College Preparatory
Phase 3 – Accelerated
Phase 4 – Honors
Phase 5 – Advanced Placement

Grade Point Average

Grade point average is determined on a 4.0 scale with slight weight given to the higher level phases. Phase 3 receives a 0.2 weight, Phase 4 receives a 0.3 weight and Phase 5 receives a 0.4 weight. Core classes and a selection of elective courses count towards the weighted GPA. Class Rank Salesianum School does not publish a class rank for its students.

GPA Distribution – Class of 2014

4.00 + 14%
3.75-3.99 16%
3.50-3.74 20%
3.25-3.49 16%
3.00-3.24 10%
2.50-2.99 16%
2.00-2.49 8%

Grading Scale Range / Grade / GPA
93-100 / A / 4.00
89-92 / B+ / 3.30
85-88 / B / 3.00
81-84 / C+ / 2.30
77-80 / C / 2.00
73-76 / D+ / 1.30
70-72 / D / 1.00
0-69 / F / 0.00

College Acceptances

Classes of 2011 through 2014

American University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Brigham Young University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Butler University
Cabrini College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clemson University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
DePaul University
DeSales University
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Elizabethtown College
Elon University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - FL
Emerson College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Harvard College
Hawaii Pacific University
High Point University
Holy Cross College
Howard University
Immaculata University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Juniata College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynchburg College
Marquette University
McDaniel College
Michigan State University
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Morehouse College
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Muhlenberg College
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania State University,
Schreyer Honors College
University Park
Philadelphia University
Princeton University
Providence College
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Seton Hall University
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
St. Bonaventure University
St. John’s University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Susquehanna University
Syracuse University
Temple University
Temple University, Tyler School of Art
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
The Catholic University of America
The Citadel, the Military College of S. Carolina
The College of New Jersey
The College of Wooster
The George Washington University
The Ohio State University
The University of Arizona
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Scranton
The University of Texas, Austin
Towson University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
United States Military Academy
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of St. Andrews (UK)
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
University of Virginia
Ursinus College
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Xavier University
Yale University