About + Our Community

Our Community

“I felt an overwhelming sense of community at SHC that I just couldn’t find anywhere else.” —Lauren Pugeda, Class of 2018

SHC is shaped by our incredible students, talented faculty and staff and proud alumni who give life to our motto, “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.” We live our mission every day by providing the finest education grounded in our faith and inspired by 21st century innovation. Empowered by our supportive community, SHC students develop into resourceful, independent, service-oriented leaders.

Faith

In the spirit and vision of St. John Baptist de La Salle and St. Vincent de Paul, SHC educates students by the tenets of the Gospel to build a faith-based community and serve others with compassion. This core Catholic understanding helps to ground, guide and bind our community and serves as the nurturing backdrop to academic success.

Inspiration

We provide an academically rigorous and intellectually inspiring experience for our students, pushing them to achieve their very best. We strive to tap our students’ talents and passions and support them in their interests. Students at SHC have all the tools and technology to succeed at their fingertips.

Balance

We believe that academic, intellectual, emotional, personal and creative development invigorates the whole student. Our cocurricular programs are essential, not extra, elements to the student experience at SHC. Our students excel on the field, on stage and as leaders in our community, just as they do in the classroom.

Innovation

Laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, Galaxy Tabs. Today’s groundbreaking technology may be obsolete next year. We teach our students to use the tools most relevant to them in a digitally diverse and ever-changing world. Our students have the autonomy to select the instrument of their choice with our Bring Your Own Device program. With collaborative learning spaces, classroom technology, integrated service-learning curriculum and flexible online course offerings, SHC consistently remains on the forefront of cutting-edge pedagogy.

Service

Our Founders created a service tradition that is one of the defining characteristics of the student experience at SHC. Students engage in meaningful service-learning projects each year of attendance. They work in collaboration to apply what they learn in the classroom to bring true value into the community—locally, nationally and around the globe. A variety of service opportunities exist outside of the formalized service-learning curriculum—from student organizations like SPARK, Block Club, Earth Action and Lasallian Vincentian Youth, to class selectives like Theology of Service and Lasallian Vincentian Leadership, to retreats and immersion trips to communities in need.

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