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.”


985 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. Driver's Education, Junior Advisory and Physical Education are not calculated into GPA.

Religion 4.0             
English 4.0
Social Studies 4.0   
Mathematics 4.0
Science 3.0             
Foreign Language 3.0
Electives 3.5           
Physical Ed. 1.0
Health 0.5             
Arts & Innovation 0.5
Technology Skills 0.5         
Driver’s Ed. 0.25 (For DE residents)
Junior Advisory

Advanced Placement Courses

There is a selection of 24 AP courses available to students in 9th – 12th grades. Students are limited to two AP courses annually unless otherwise approved by their counselor.

Some AP courses include: AP Seminar, AP Research, Calculus (AB, BC), Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Human Geography, 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
Ms. Deneen Brown

School Counselors
Mrs. Molly Ontiveros, Mr. Ralph Heiss & Mr. Justin Romano

College Counselors
Ms. Nikki Buchanan & Ms. Abby Kallin

Educational Support Services

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

Mrs. Susan Gardner

Counseling Support Services

Students struggling with personal issues have resources available for mental health counseling and referral.

Community Counselor
Patrick Dever NCC, MSCC

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 2018

4.00 13%
3.75-3.99 17%
3.50-3.74 14%
3.25-3.49 13%
3.00-3.24 11%
2.50-2.99 20%
2.00-2.49 12%

Grading Scale Range / Grade / GPA
93-100 / A / 4.0
92-90 / A- / 3.7
89-87 / B+ / 3.3
86-83 / B / 3.0
82-80 / B- / 2.7
79-77 / C+ / 2.3
76-73 / C / 2.0
72-70 / C- / 1.7
69-65 / D / 1.0
64-0 / F / 0.0

College Acceptances

Classes of 2014 through 2018