Mission & Philosophy

Mission Statement 

Bishop Mora Salesian, A Catholic High School 
in the Salesian Tradition is committed to: 
Love with Abundance
Teach with Passion
Inspire with Imagination
Purpose Statement

As a leading Catholic, college preparatory high school of choice in Los Angeles, Bishop Mora Salesian is committed to love, teach, and inspire the young men entrusted to our care by providing spiritual, intellectual, and social growth opportunities modeled on the spirit of Christ.  

In the Salesian tradition and through an innovative and rigorous learning environment, Salesian empowers its diverse students to develop character, rooted in faith, as they become responsible, conscientious citizens of our world. We combine the experience of church, school, playground and home in a supportive environment according to St. John Bosco’s educational philosophy of reason, religion, and loving kindness.

Salesian Advantage

The focus of Bishop Mora Salesian is to prepare young men for life after high school. The Salesian teaching style of reason, religion and loving kindness assists students in
gaining a higher awareness of self by educating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

Each student is placed into a college preparatory academic program based on entrance exam results, teacher recommendation, and personal interviews. Honors and Advanced Placement classes are offered, as are courses designed for students who need additional attention in reading and math.

Salesian is equipped with state-of-the-art computers in three separate technology centers on campus. The school offers a strong fine arts curriculum, with classes in drama, drawing, painting, and music.

Salesian's academic courses provide our young men with the knowledge necessary to integrate their faith and culture, enabling them to become "good citizens of this world and the next." And because our student to faculty ratio is 16:1, personal attention can be given to every pupil.In the past ten years, 95% of each graduating class has been accepted to college. Salesian alumni are now studying at Berkeley, Yale, Georgetown, USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, Stanford, DePaul, Boston University, Pepperdine, Whittier College, Pitzer College, and many other colleges and universities.


The Salesian School system is dedicated to young people in an educational and formative environment. The Salesian School is a house, a church, a school and a playground where the students find a new style of life and prepare their future as good citizens for their country being faithful to their own religion.The figure at the center of the Salesian educational institution is Saint John Bosco or Don Bosco, the word Don means Father.  Not only Father, Don Bosco was to his students a Teacher and Friend of the Youth.

Don Bosco was a visionary of 19th century Italy who could create a fascinating system of education for boys and girls from marginalized areas of any society. "Prevention" for Don Bosco means to help the youth before he or she gets in troubles. 

Salesian Order and Salesianity
The Salesians of St. John Bosco (or the Salesian Society) originally known as  is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by Saint John Bosco in order to, through works of charity, to care for the young and poor children of the industrial revolution. The Salesians' charter describes the society's mission as "the Christian perfection of its associates obtained by the exercise of spiritual and corporal works of charity towards the young, especially the poor, and the education of boys to the priesthood."


Don Bosco was inspired create a vast movement of persons to bring the Gospel of Jesus to young people and to work for the benefit of the young. He founded the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco), the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters), the Association of Salesian Cooperators, and the Association Devoted to Mary Help (ADMA). Other Salesian Family Groups have formed and today there are 28 Groups.


The Salesian Family Groups have spread throughout the world and number 402,500 members. These Groups live in communion with each other, share the same spirit and, with specifically distinct vocations, continue the mission Don Bosco began. His Salesian charisma continues to inspire people serve young people especially those who are poor and at risk.


Da mihi animas, catera tolle... "Give me souls, take away the rest" was the motto of Don Bosco when describing his work with the young.  The Salesian gift to the Church is its unswerving focus on the betterment of each young person through the education of the whole person.  Salesian High School continues the work of Don Bosco seeking to educate the young in Boyle Heights.  Therefore an education at Salesian High School has as its primary focus the building of a Christian family that has as its ultimate aim the education of the young in order for them "to become good citizens of this world and the next."

It is through a Salesian style of reason, religion, and loving kindness that the school builds community and enables that community to educate the young.  By reason, we mean an awareness of the concerns and preoccupations of the young through a process of dialogue promoting a sense of equality and mutual growth.  By religion, we mean our personal relationships with God that keeps us mindful of relationships with others.  By loving kindness, we mean lovingness to a degree where the young know they are loved.

As an educative community, Salesian High School strives to focus its attention and efforts on preparing the young to be actively involved in the Church and society by means of their contributions as leaders, brothers, and ministers.  Our academic courses supply our boys with the knowledge necessary to integrate their faith and culture. An underlying thrust of Salesian High School is to assist each young person to a higher awareness of self by educating the whole person: the mind, body, and spirit.