The University of St. La Salle-Integrated school
(USLS-IS), located in La Salle Avenue-Montelibano Drive, Bacolod City
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in the province of Negros Occidental
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, is a Catholic
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run by the De La Salle Brothers. Established in 1952 as La Salle - Bacolod
, it is the second oldest campus originally founded by the congregation in the country. The university is a member of De La Salle Philippines
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, a network established in 2006 comprising 17 Lasallian institutions in the country.
Its main campus in La Salle Avenue-Montelibano drive houses high school and grade school (collectively, the Integrated School). USLS-IS offers programs in (preschool
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) Prep, (Special Education
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) Angel's Center, elementary
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The La Salle Brothers came to Bacolod City in response to the ardent invitation of the Negrenses felt the need for the type of education the brother were offering. Through a ten-hectare donation of the late Alfredo Montelibano,Sr., La Salle came into existence.
USLS was founded by Br. Dennis Ruland FSC, Br. Hugh Wester FSC, and Br. V. Felix Masson FSC. La Salle College-Bacolod opened with 175 male students from Prep to Grade 5, under seven faculty members. The school building was unimpressive, built amidst sprawling muddy grounds and bordered by cane fields of adjoining lands.
During the school year 1952-1953, the parents requested for the opening of the high school department. On February 9, 1952, cement footings were poured for the first high school wing.
When class opened in 1953 with 24 freshmen, all males. At first, the Brother accepted student-boarder. There were 56 of them under the supervision of Bro. Gratian Murray.
In the 1960s La Salle College-Bacolod expanded from grade school to college. This was made possible through donations by alumni, parents and benefactors. The school became co-educational in 1966.
Since 1986, La Salle has accepted as part of its cliente, Kinder and Prep girls. It was not until 1987, however, that the Board of Trustees officially handed its own decision to turn coed the grade school and the high school. The inclusion of girls in in the once exclusive for boys has not drastically changed the school's mission statement.
On July 5, 1988, La Salle College-Bacolod was formally elevated to university status and christened University of St. La Salle
during rites graced by then Honorable Secretary of Education Lourdes Quisumbing.
In 2002, both elementary and high school levels were granted their 4th accreditation status by PAASCU.
Integrated school curriculum
The USLS-IS is an accredited institution by the Philippine Association of Accrediting Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). As such, it is covered by DECS Order No. 93, s. 1992 which stipulates that accredited schools are granted "partial curricular autonomy including the authority to revise the curricula without DepEd approval provided that minimum DepEd requirements and guidelines are complied with the revised curriculum submitted to DepED.
The school has constantly evaluated and revised its curriculum to meet the minimum requirements of the 2002 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) and even beyond the minimum requirements. The schools follows the separate subject teaching mode as provided by the BEC. The curriculum is also designed to achieve the school's vision-mission which is college preparatory, wholistic formation of students and academic excellence.
The university's patron saint is St. John Baptist de La Salle
Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle or John Baptist de La Salle was a priest, educational reformer, and founder of Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools...
, a French
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, educational reformer, and founder of international educational movement who spent over forty years of his life dedicated to education for the children of the poor. In the process, he standardized educational practices throughout France, wrote inspirational meditations on the ministry of teaching (along with catechisms, politeness texts, and other resources for teachers and students), and became the catalyst and resource for many other religious congregations dedicated to education that were founded in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The school provides opportunities for student writers to improve on their craft through practice, interaction, and instructions in journalism and creative writing. It also provides advice to student writers on matters concerning campus press operation and management, and encourages students to get involved in the publications and develops a pool of talents who are able to serve in the school papers.
Official Publications of Integrated School
- Crossroads - Upper grades English Publication
- Ang Layag - Upper grades Filipino Publication
- Green Bacon - Lower grades English Publication
- Ang Luntiang Tanglaw - Lower grades Filipino Publication
- Kabulig Organization
- Young Christian for Environmental Rescue (YCER)
- Gawad Kalinga
- "Little Voices"-the Street Children Program
- La Sallian Youth for Peace Corps (LSYPC)
- Catechism and Young Teacher of La Salle
- Bahay Pag-asa Youth Volunteer
- Junior Red Cross Youth Council
- Junior Drug watch / Pro-Life
- Kasanagan Youth
Notable IS alumni
- Br. Raymundo B. Suplido FSC