Founded in 1959 by the La Salle Brothers, the school has become a landmark in the field of education, an institution known for its high standard of excellence in all areas of endeavor. La Salle Green Hills stands on a 6-hectare piece of prime property along Ortigas Avenue in Mandaluyong.

History of La Salle Green Hills

1958-1968: Formative Years

  • June 1959 – Opened its doors to two preparatory sections and one section each for the grade 1 and 2 levels, with Br. Alphonsus Bloemen, FSC as the first Director.
  • February 1961 – Groundbreaking ceremony for the first permanent school building led by Br. Celba John, FSC, the last of the pioneer Brothers who came to the Philippines in 1912
  • August 1964 – Opened its doors to high school students, with Br. Dominic Aquinas, FSC at the helm as Principal. Blessing of the newly-constructed grade school building. 
  • 1967 – Started the construction of the St. Benilde Hall – a fitting memorial to St. Benilde (Peter Romancon). Completed in 1969.
  • 1968 – Graduated its first high school batch, known as the Primus Batch.

1969-1979: Development Era

  • November 1973 – High School underwent its first formal Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) accreditation.
  • March 1974 – Grade School received its formal PAASCU accreditation. Appointed its first lay principal, Dr. Estrella Castañeda, AFSC, the following school year.
  • 1978 – Established the Adult Night High School (ANHS), providing a free five-year terminal high school program to underprivileged adults, 18 years old and above.

1980-1990: Growth and Expansion

Implemented the Special Tracking System (STS), a curricular scheme combining the academic set-up of the tracking system and the flexible schedule of the modular system, to strengthen curricular offerings and address varied needs and abilities of students. 

  • 1982 – Introduced the Special Pull-out Program (SPOP) for the academically gifted students in the grade school. Introduced Kindergarten 1 in the preschool program the following school year.
  • 1985 – Implemented the IB program which prepared students for the IB Certificate exams. Discontinued in 1989.
  • 1986 – Initiated the first institutional reach-out for social concern involving students from public schools, residents of depressed barangays and other communities.
  • 1984 & 1986 – St. Benilde Hall served as headquarters of the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) Operation Quick Count.
  • 1988 – Appointed its first lay High School Principal, Mrs. Maria T. Pilapil.

1990-TODAY: Infrastructure Expansion, Academic Innovations, Accreditation Upgrade

Infrastructure Expansion

In 1995, La Salle Green Hills inaugurated the new high school building named in honor of St. Mutien Marie FSC. Other expansions include the new St. La Salle building for the grade school, the local area networking of the whole campus, the upgrading of the Br. Gilbert Cotter football field, the construction of the Fr. Martinez Activity Center, the air-conditioning of all the high school classrooms, and the construction of a study hall named after Mr. Cesar A. Cruz, a former high school assistant principal.

Academic Innovations

Innovative programs like the Learner-Centered Learning Environment (LCLE) and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), among others, were introduced to make classroom activities more interactive, to help students think critically and analytically and to promote the inherent value of collaborative activities and projects. Enrichment programs were also offered, including the Mandarin language; a portfolio system, which involves collecting student outputs from kindergarten to high school, was similarly introduced to evaluate students’ progress.

Accreditation Upgrade

In 2008, the Grade School Department was granted Level III re-accredited Status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), making it the first-ever recipient of such honor. Both the Grade School and the High School Departments have always been granted 5 to 7 year-accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).