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The start of school is still a few weeks away, but Ella Riganti already has her school supplies and is ready to go.
“I want to be a good role model for all the younger students,” said Riganti.
Besides binders and notebooks, she is also making sure her school uniform is all set. It’s something she’ll have to worry about for the first time in several years.
“I think I’m going to like La Salle a lot better,” Riganti said. “I really like the environment there, the community and the academics, so I’m really excited.”
This fall, the incoming junior is making the switch from public school to private school. Next month, she’ll be one of about 60 female students to attend La Salle Institute. The Troy school is shifting to a coeducational model for the first time in its 170-year history.
“My son has been there for two years and we just felt like home as soon as we walked through the door,” said Michelle Riganti, Ella’s mother. “So we were overjoyed when they decided to go co-ed this year.”
She will be coming to La Salle from Tamarac High School. The five dozen female transfer students represent 25 different school districts in the Capital Region. Some are arriving from as far as Bennington, Vt.
“This year is going to be fluent,” said La Salle Admissions Director Josh House. “I think we’re going to be learning a lot. But it’s going to be a great foundation for what we can provide for years to come.”
He says there’s been a lot of work has been done for this change, which includes updating the building with new facilities and hiring more teachers.
“I think we’re all feeling what families are feeling. We’re a little anxious. We’re a little nervous,” House said. “But we’re really excited.”
Riganti is feeling the same way as she walks around the school with less than a month until classes begin. But she’s looking forward to the business program, hoping it’ll result in her getting a nurse practitioner degree and an MBA one day.
“I just hope that I am still ambitious. I can look back at my time at La Salle and look at how it really prepared me for my future,” Riganti said.

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