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About BLS
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Sumus Primi

With its roots dating back to 1635, Boston Latin School is a six-year college preparatory school which provides a rigorous academic program in the classical tradition and which fosters the pursuit of excellence. Latin School serves an economically and culturally diverse population of students in grades 7 to 12. It is also an institution that provides the groundwork for full participation in our economy and society, preparing students to be both productive citizens in a democracy and responsible adults who have an awareness of global issues.

Recognizing the importance of the development of the whole person—the intellect, the body, and the spirit—Boston Latin School combines the contemporary with the traditional. The study of languages, literature, art, music, history, as well as ancient and modern cultures, provides exposure to the ideas and values that have shaped civilizations throughout the world. The study of mathematics, science, and computer and information sciences provides the basis for both an understanding of the natural world and a competency in modern technology. Physical and health education help maintain a sound mind and body. Taken together, these required studies are intended to inspire a love for learning and provide the skills needed to pursue further knowledge in college and throughout life.

The maintenance of standards of behavior and performance is essential to the current life as well as to the future reputation of the school. Changes, ever necessary, indeed inevitable, must be introduced and evaluated with care and attention to ensure that they contribute to instructing “youth so far as they may be fitted for the Universitie.”

The Keefe Library is the central academic and information access resource at Boston Latin School. Through collaboration with staff, enhancement of learning through technology, the promotion of reading, and the teaching of information skills, the library program promotes information literacy for all. The two-story Arts Wing provides multiple opportunities for BLS students to express themselves creatively, during and after school. The Arts Wing boasts a Black Box Theater, expansive spaces for chorus, orchestra and band practice, and small rooms for individual instruction as well as light-filled studios for the visual arts.

Coordinated comprehensive support services provide a model that is developmental, preventative, and tutorial in delivering services to students. Varied extracurricular activities afford opportunities for pursuing intellectual, social, artistic, civic, and athletic goals. The school honors and celebrates the achievements of its students in all their endeavors.

Growing and evolving since 1635, Boston Latin School provides significant opportunities for young people to recognize and appreciate the importance of education as a means to develop in scholarship, civility, and self-knowledge.

Mission

"Boston Latin School seeks to ground its students in a contemporary classical education as preparation for successful college studies, responsible and engaged citizenship, and a rewarding life."

Recognizing the importance of the development of the whole person, the intellect, the body and the spirit. Boston Latin School combines the traditional with the modern. The study of languages, literature, art, music, history, as well as ancient and modern cultures provides exposure to the ideas and values that have shaped civilizations throughout the world. The study of mathematics, science, and computers provides the basis for both an understanding of the natural world and a competency in modern technology. Physical and health education help maintain a sound mind and body. These required studies, taken together, are intended to inspire a love for learning, establish a sense of self-worth, and provide the skills needed to pursue further knowledge in college and throughout life.

Graduation Requirements

The academic requirements for graduation from Boston Latin School are:
  • English: 4 years (grades 9-12) and a research paper
  • History: 3 years, including either U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  • Science: 3 years
  • Mathematics: 4 years (high school mathematics starting with Algebra 1)
  • Modern Foreign Language: 4 years
  • Latin: 4 years (if entering in grade 7)  or  3 years (if entering in grade 9)
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