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Alumni Spotlight: Alan Engram ’90

Before De La Salle Academy (DLSA), I did not understand the concept of working hard for my academic achievements, because prior to joining DLSA, I attended a school where I wasn’t challenged, and didn’t need to work hard to do well academically. Once I joined the DLSA community, it became clear that achieving academic excellence … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Alan Engram ’90


Alumni Spotlight: Vladic Ravich ’98

Compassion was not top of mind for me when I was a student at De La Salle. Brother Brian even mentioned it to me when I graduated. I don’t remember the exact words, but they were definitely of the “humble thyself” variety. In the decades since, I often recall his tongue in cheek nudge to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Vladic Ravich ’98

Alumni Spotlight: Jada Badillo ’15

When I first got my acceptance letter from De La Salle Academy (DLSA) in the spring of 2012, I was ecstatic. My parents were thrilled since they have always believed education to be important for getting the opportunities that were not available to them. My mother immigrated from the Dominican Republic as a teenager, while … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jada Badillo ’15

Alumni Spotlight: Emmanuel Daudu ’15

An envelope from De La Salle Academy (DLSA) arrived in my mailbox. I gave that lottery ticket of exuberant joy or heavy sadness to my parents. They opened the envelope and gave me the news. My joy overflowed. I was accepted into DLSA.   I started DLSA in the Fall of 2013 as an incoming seventh … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Emmanuel Daudu ’15

Alumni Spotlight: Amaya Capellan ’95

Going to De La Salle Academy (DLSA) was a journey for me and so many other students. I lived at the end of the F line in Queens and the trip was about an hour: 169th street to 53rd Lex., transfer to the 6 and then my brother put me on a cross town bus. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Amaya Capellan ’95

Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Muñoz-Machen ’99

I commuted to De La Salle Academy (DLSA) from the Bronx, which is an education in itself (shoutout to the 2 and 5 trains)! I remember feeling very lucky and grateful to be at DLSA. I felt very well supported by my family, and teachers, navigating a new school. As an incoming sixth grader, I … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Muñoz-Machen ’99

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Kim ’17

My mother had first heard of De La Salle Academy from a friend and thought it would be a good idea for me to apply.  So when the opportunity to attend for my Seventh Grade year arose, I accepted without hesitation.  Three-hour commutes on a yellow school bus to lower Manhattan turned into forty-five minutes … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Kim ’17

Alumni Spotlight: Jahin Rahman ’17

When I started De La Salle Academy (DLSA), I was an extremely shy student. I had just immigrated to the United States two years  prior, and was still in the process of learning English. I never thought that attending an academically gifted private school was within my reach. When I was accepted, I felt as … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Jahin Rahman ’17

De La Salle Academy Curriculum Expands on Making the World a More Just and Equitable Place

In our contemporary society, issues around diversity, difference, and equity bring us both hope, but also a great deal of new challenges. While many of us learn about and experience society by simply living in it, understanding the complexities of living in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world requires careful study and attention. At De … Continue reading De La Salle Academy Curriculum Expands on Making the World a More Just and Equitable Place

Alumni Spotlight: Eilleen Ingram-Willis ’93

I am from Brooklyn and was one of the four incoming 6th grade students who made the journey from East Flatbush to De La Salle Academy (DLSA) in the fall of 1990.  My life would forever be changed.  Not satisfied with the options for local middle schools in my neighborhood, my parents made the ultimate decision to … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Eilleen Ingram-Willis ’93