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
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.”
1,040 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:
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
Freshman Innovation 0.5 Fine Arts 0.5
Driver’s Ed. 0.25 (For DE residents)
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: 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.
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
Ms. Molly Ontiveros, Mr. Ralph Heiss & Mr. Justin Romano
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.
Patrick Dever NCC, MSCC
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.
Salesianum School does not publish a class rank for its students.
GPA Distribution – Class of 2017
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
Classes of 2014 through 2017