Speaking from experience, I am a graduate of De La Salle Academy and can say that this school was certainly a milestone in my education, as well as my classmates from then and beyond. It is a middle school, serving grade 6-8 and really will put your child on the right path to choosing a great private high school/boarding school and eventually college. Many of my classmates and former student went on to attend some of the nation's finer colleges and universities, like Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Yale, Cornell, and the list just goes on. At just a single floor on top of another school DLSA brings in students from all over the city, regardless of background and lets the best students be around some of the best teachers. There is a close -knit community atmosphere, so all of the kids get to know one another and the staff is extrememly involved in the lives of the students. For me, this school was the difference between staying in the public school system or going on to something better. The area surrounding the school is pleasant, on 97th and Amsterdam Ave and though the admissions process is tough, you'll know that your child will be in one of the more elite, life altering schools in the city.