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April 26, 2014
This school is incredibly stressful, but it can help you get into your dream college.

- submitted by a community member
February 15, 2014
.7th grade is going to be rough. 8th grade is weird because you would think that it gets harder, it actually is easy.Eighth grade does a mediocre job of preparing you for ninth, so be prepared!I you can get some crazy teachers. If you slack off the slightest bit, probably you will get Cs/Ds. I work hard, get mostly Bs.YOU are applying for a school which is going to require nothing but studying.There are moments when you just wanna give up. But the way I figure it, couple of hours of harsh studying is better than years regretting that you never took advantage of this school. Believe me when i say that if you are not ready for this commitment, I DONT CARE HOW SMART u THINK YOU ARE, , tell ur parents u cant go 2 this school! cus if you do, i can guaruntee you its going to eat you out alive if you dont study. Ive seen people that have literally become depressed after coming here because they couldnt make it.5 stars because its a stimulation of life, for example,In life there are going to be unreasonable bosses/(like some teachers). Btw,You cannot fiight the teachers, no matter how unreasonable they might be, you WILL lose.Take my advice, its the reality no one told you.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2014
The school is a great school overall for a learning environment. I am a sixie currently and there are good and bad things at this school. To start with the downsides, not all teachers are good. My earth science teacher doesn't have a really good teaching style so it might be a bit hard for students to learn. Personally i don't like declamation but it will be good for the future. The fact that there are no yellow school buses is also a pain but you could understand since the school is located in such a busy area. Homework usually takes a while, usually 4 hours for me but I tend to procrastinate a lot. There's also a lot of tests and quizzes, at least one per week. Latin is also pretty hard to get use to but all you need to do is memorize really. Some good things about this school is that the offer fun opportunities too like the sixie icecream social. They also offer a large range of instruments to take, or theatre if you don't want to take an instrument. There's also teams and clubs to join just like any school. Teachers also know the pain that students must go through and are really nice and like to joke around with students. It's a great school if you get accepted.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2013
Let me lay it out for the first two years.. Sixie year is going to be fun if you socialize but no when to pay attention and when to have fun. Pay attention to your teachers because the finals are extremely hard. Some teachers are better than others in there discipline, some honestly don't care. You MUST pay attention in Latin, no matter who your teacher is. Same in math, because it gets WAY harder in 8th grade. Don't stress out on sixie year, its more of a trial of what BLS is really like. If you don't immediately think you can succeed, BLS is not for you. 8th grade year is the same but you have to pay a lot more especially in Latin if you have Ms. LeDang, she is extremely hard. So if you had Mr. Smith sixie year, good luck. Other than that 8th grade is more to prepare you for high school than anything else. Make sure you do all your homework, whether the teacher checks it or not. Class is fun if you have a good sense of humor, the teachers may tease you but it's not anything you should take personally. Good luck!

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2013
My experience at Boston Latin School has been 99% positive in terms of the people I have met, classes I have taken, and activities I did in those 6 years. Let me discuss the pros and cons of this school: Pros: 1. Definitely prepares you well for college. My fellow alumni and I all say that college is a lot easier (compared to what our college classmates say) 2. The people you meet at Latin are from all socio-economic classes, so there's never any arrogance in terms of $. 3. Lots of activities 4. MANY, but not ALL good teachers. 5. No bullying-- Since BLS is an exam school, most of the kids here are geared towards studying. I have not witnessed any bullying through my 6 years there. 6. Awesome colleges! 40 kids each year get into top 20 universities in the nation! Cons 1. Little personal attention 2. Lack of athletic facilities 3. Lack of funds in general (hey, it's a public school) 4. FEW-SOME bad teachers that either can't teach or are just crazy altogether Overall, I loved my experience at BLS. For me, the transition was tough, but hanging in and not giving up was more than worth it!

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2013
I appreciate Boston Latin School for all the opportunities it offers, in terms of internships, jobs, programs, and fellowships. I also appreciate the school for the wide variety of students there are to meet- it's very diverse! I do, however, feel that the school is emotionally and mentally draining. Sure, it offers an excellent education, but the administration and teachers don't realize that it's important to change the style of teaching. It's now 2013. Constant tests and quizzes are not the only way to measure a student's learning. Studies show that more work piled onto students put them at a risk for depression. You get a sense that you must conform to society's standards, or else you're screwed. Bring up feminists and civil/human rights, you get sneers. Students lose creativity.There's no in between- you either get students who hate BLS and aren't doing so well, or students who get 100s on everything. Teachers know their material, but don't know how to teach. The math department is awful. There is little to no support offered to students who are struggling, and those who are struggling are often scared to ask for help because of the intense atmosphere that lives around them.

- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2012
This school is a meat grinder. If you are brilliant but have the slightest tendency to 'color outside the lines' Don't Go Here. The administration at this school understand that there's a line of kids waiting to take the place of any student who 'opts' to leave, and they will accommodate to degree zero to help a struggling student, though they do lip service to tutoring - just a way for older students to beef up their college application resumes with 'community service'.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
If you are determined, a hard worker, and know how to manage your time, this school will be one of the best experiences in your life!

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2011
My son will be a 9th grader at Latin this fall, and my husband went there years ago. There are many things I love about Latin---the traditions, the active clubs and most of all the students. My son has met interesting talented kids from all over the world and made many wonderful friends, and my husband still is close with so many of his friends from his Latin days. However, I must say the academics are not what I expected. My other son attends a charter school, and has much more homework and is learning much more than my Latin son. The teachers are hit or miss---some are fantastic, some are so bad it's laughable. Overall, Latin is a fantastic experience, but not for everyone. It's a huge school, and if you have a child who would easily get lost in the shuffle, I'd pick someplace else. But if you have a fairly outgoing child, a self-starter who will enjoy being around the bunch of interesting characters there, it's a unique and amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
Warning from a parent who has been part of BLS for 6 years. If your child has ANY learning, organizational or emotional weaknesses then DO NOT choose this school. The large and inpersonal setting of this school will damage your child. No matter how smart they are, they will not do well academically, because there is little SUPPORT and UNDERSTANDING. Choose a smaller pilot, charter or private school and allow your child to get good grades instead of scraping by and being damaged emotionally and academically.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
If you don't work hard, and you aren't used to hours and hours of homework and schoolwork and you procrastinate a lot, don't go to BLS. I'm an eighth grader andused to get straigh As, once I got to BLS I started failing half my classes. I am very social and during sixie year I paid more attention to my friends then schoolwork which was a mistake, because I had to go to summer school. Procrastination will KILL you at this school, its very demanding and has extremely high expectations. If you want to do well, don't slack off. This year I'm working much harder but I'm failing algebra because I don't understand the material. I might have to switch schools if I keep failing. It's a fantastic school and I love the people there, but the teachers aren't always great. IF you're lucky you'll get a good teacher but sometimes you won't and you'll have to work extra hard. It's very competitive so don't bother going if you aren't willing to work harder than you ever have

- submitted by a community member
March 13, 2011
I took the ISEE this November and my whole family has gone to Boston Latin. Even though I see my cousin come home everyday with a workload of homework, I am still dieing to go to Boston Latin. I will find out during this week. I have heard that the teachers really push you to do ur best and thats what i really need since I will be starting in 9th grade if I hopefully get in. And Support from the teachers is honestly going to help me become better. I am aiming to stay on the High Honor Roll and I know Boston Latin School will push me to be my best. I am honestly very nervous b/c last time i got into Boston Latin Academy( 6th Grade) but this time I studied for the test AND i have high honors so I hopefully got into it: this just shows how more challenging it is then other schools; you have to take a challenging test to get in. I HONESTLY hope I get into BLS. It is my first choice of school because it will push me to do better and help me throughout my years. =]

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2010
Boston Latin School was a huge step up in quality from previous schools that many of my friends have attended. The programs are more challenging due the a "filter"effect from the initial test you take. I personally felt enviromentaly safer at this school, because for once, i was not called a nerd and picked on for being smart, but was appreciated for it.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2010
Because it challenges the kids, and then allows them to follow up

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2010
The country's oldest public school offers outstanding academics and an environment and philosophy that inspires kids to succeed and be their best.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2010
The school is easy if you're aiming for B's without doing any extra-curricular's such as clubs, music, or sports. If you choose that path, ask yourself, why did I take the test in the first place? Seriously, its no better than any old suburban school if you don't use the resources there. Take advantage of their programs (yes, even our infamously terrible sports teams are worth joining). If you just get C's and go home everyday, you won't feel welcome and you're just wasting a spot which so many determined people wanted and didn't get. And advice for kids coming in: Get a social life, fast, because you need support from friends. It might seem stupid but I didn't know anyone coming in and once I started making friends, I flourished. Life is easier when you have people to talk to besides your family.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2010
I may be just an eighth grader but i do know this so far: this school is the worst school you can ever go to if you are planning to just slack off the whole....because there will be consequences and you will get some kind of repercussion if you do something wrong. If you dont do homework you get detention, if you lose a book you have to pay for it, and if you dont work hard enough you will get held back. However, if you do try hard and work hard you will see it as very easy once you get used to it, and lets face it you will have a much better future. I have some of the dardest and strictest teachers, and personally i think that that isnt very good for my education because you will focus more on not liking the teacher. Its a bg deal2.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2009
This school is challenging, yes. It is a great school, where even sixies (7th graders) are treated like the scholars that they are. There is a lot of support available and they really want the students to succeed. That is our experience, at least.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
The culture of competition and the extent of stimulant use is not good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love Boston Latin because it is the oldest school in the country. They providea great education for free and they have a wonderful chorus.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
Best School that my child can possibly go to. The homework that they do can be hard and stressful but that is only for the good of the students. Boston Latin School is the best school you can go to for college preparation.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2009
Best school I can ever imagine, the workload can be stressful, but is overall an amazing place to be, and I am so happy to go there. I actually enjoy my time there.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2009
I'm a seventh grader in this school and it's the best, i know we can't really judge since we're only 'sixies' but i think that it will be very beneficial for me. My teachers are great, though some of them push us very far and gives us work sometimes over our limit, but i think that that's the whole point of this school, to push you to greater heights. And, according to the other people who have reviewed this school, it is in fact very good. Also, the people that go to this school may not be the best, but as long as you bite your tongue and not get in HUGE trouble, your life in this schoolwon't be bad..i think...Good school.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 22, 2009
I am a senior graduating this year and I, of course, am suffering from the dreaded 'senioritis'. This school pushed me to and above my limts. Any student in 7th grade honestly can't judge the school, without even having been there for a complete year. I don't even think you can judge the school well after being there for three years. Not until you are graduating and after you leave do you actually realize what the school has done for you. Of course it's not perfect, some of the people there aren't great, including teachers, but that's life. The school is one of the best performing schools in the nation, and there's a clear reason behind it. I've been there for six years, and though I had wanted to leave the school from seventh to ninth grade, it pains me to think that it's actually happening. Oh Nine!

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2009
I currently attend Latin as a Freshman (third-year) and the school overall is really not as bad as some say. The teachers: some can be really good and others... well, other teachers *can*, in fact teach, but not in a way that is as beneficial to the student as they think it is. The Guidance staff: They're all really supportive and can really help you when your grades start to fall or you just need to talk to someone. The students: mostly, the other students are in the same shoes as you are: maybe scared, maybe a 'slacker' but most definitely brilliant. Some can be somewhat obnoxious but that is just their nature. The overall education: you learn so much more than at other schools. You are working at an accererated, yet more in-depth pace. Generally, it is hard for some to catch on but you'll eventually get the hang of it.

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March 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 08, 2009
I am a 7th grade student here and i dont like this school at all. The work is too hard and too much. I have become lazy ever since i went to this school

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February 19, 2009
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January 23, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
January 22, 2009
The school has great academics and an established track record with colleges and future employers. Also the alumni are very organized in networking. They give millions to the school every year, which is unheard of in any other public school in the country.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 20, 2009
I graduated from Boston Latin last year, and I think it more than prepared me for college. I've found that I am better able to do long papers (10+ pages) than some of my classmates, and I managed to place out of many classes thanks to the APs I took there. I also had the benefit of having an amazing guidance counselor with whom I still keep in touch. However, the school is not without its faults. Some of the teachers are past their prime and yet do not want to retire because a position at Latin is very cushy in comparison to other schools in the city. There are also less privileges than other high schools (no senior privileges, such as being able to come late if you have a study first period or leave early if you have one last period).

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2009
I am curently going to this school and I have to say its great! Sure, it's challenging and keeps up pass 12 o'clock in the morning, but its all worth it.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2008
Some great, dedicated teachers make up the good features of Boston Latin. Many in the English department take the time to give students extensive writing practice. And a great new headmaster arrived in 2007. But a majority of the teachers are less impressive, some even awful. That fact, combined with the large classes caused by Boston School budgets bring the school's rating down for me. Large classes meant a constant emphasis on classroom discipline and a culture in which students bonded together in the face of adversarial adults. The new headmaster seems to be out to change that, though.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
I am a student at BLS (Boston Latin School) I guarantee you that there is no better school in America. This schoolis an amazinbg place with so much hstoryand you can be sure that if your child applies himself or herself they will be one of the most succesful people in the whole country. With over 2000 students your child will make friends. The teachers are excellent and provide support and help. The guidance counselors are your friendws for life. People say that Boston Latin School might be too hard or that they do not wish to enroll their children there becasue of it but remeber this the only thing that is difficult about BLS is organization and if your child has organization skills they will go to an Ivy League school with a free scholarship and have a ridiculously succesful life to follow. -10th grader returning from 9B year.

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2008
prepare you for college; actually more intense than college.

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September 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2008
I went to Latin, there is no other to compare. You do not go there for the coursework or the history. You go there for your fellow students, who at a tender age will sacrifice anything to become better and stronger. We all suffered, bonded like brothers, and endured all of it. Sure you can go to a private school that delivers the same kind of education, but you can't find a better school that builds these kind of friendships and builds the type of character that has endured almost 400 years. Nothing cannot break this bond.

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August 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
I love this school!!!! I am currently a sixie (7th grade) and i love it here you meet so many people and the teachers are so good and understanding, There are so many clubs ans sports, and the library is really nice! The only thing though is you always need to be sure of everything the teachers teach, so ask questions, i learned that the hard way. Overall if you get into this school fo to it!!!!

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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
I am immensely proud of being able to call myself a Boston Latin School graduate. Keep in mind I graduated in the lower quarter of the class. Though I did not graduate from Boston Latin School with the best grades, I did graduate as a better person than I would have been had I attended any other school. The competitive environment that BLS is famous (and infamous) for drives can steer you down the right path or the wrong path. If you have faith in your (or your child's) morals, then this school will make you (or your child) a great person and in turn, your child will make some wonderful friends, as I have in my six years. Attending the number one school doesn't mean you have to be number one. You draw your own lessons. I did and I'm glad I spent the last six years where I did.

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2007
I was a student at Boston Latin, and it is a school, where you cannot stay if you do not preform well in it's classes. There is a good amount of classes, the parent support is ok, but you will not survive there if you do not have a high GPA. For a school with history of famous graduates, I would expect a lot better than what it's labeled as.

- submitted by a former student
August 12, 2006
Boston Latin, like any high school, has its faults, but it is without doubt a topnotch school that prepares students academically and socially. Yes it does have a competitive and stressful environment, some less-than-average teachers, and little hand-holding for those left behind, but students grow fast as a result and learn to deal with many situations they'll encounter later in life. For those who are willing to work hard, Latin offers a rigorous curriculum (most AP classes offered in state), a wide array of clubs and activities, and a diverse and talented student body. Those who succeed at Latin certainly won't be overlooked by top colleges - especially Harvard.

- submitted by a former student
July 17, 2005
This is the greatest school on earth. My son is going to H arvard.I think the principle is great,the teachers,sprots programs,parents are great,so is the safety and dicipline.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
No other high school could have equipped me better for coursework at Princeton and balancing academics and extracurriculars. BLS has an excellent tutoring program (Saturday Success School) and teachers who are ready to provide explanations outside of class. Students take part in a variety of extracurricular activities, or start their own clubs and programs. If anything, the competition we take on at BLS has brought us closer. And as for breeding elitism, we have a great deal to be proud of: discipline, resourcefulness, distinguished accomplishments, as well as the ability to master even the most stressful situations. Not only is it possible to enter BLS with nothing but an enthusiasm for learning and go on to a top university -- plenty have done it. No great achievement is possible without challenges, and achievement is impossible if standards are ever lowered. Attending Boston Latin School is the best decision I ever made.

- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2005
This school has challenged me in ways that I have never been pushed before. A lot of people try to knock down the school by saying that the competition ruins the academic aspect of the school, but the opposite is true in this school. As a member of the Class of 2006 yes I have had my ups and downs but thats what one would expect with any high school. The competition in the school helps students develop skills they will need later on in life. If a student is not willing to participate and socialize with anyone of course the parent will think negatively of the school. The competition within in the school is the motivation that is needed for many (such as myself) to do their best. Social cliques are part of any high school. One does not have to follow them to enjoy the school. Sumus Primi!

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February 08, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 14, 2005
The quality of the school is just amazing. They offer many extracurricular opportunities for your child, and you will be thrilled with the improvement. Boston Latin has gotten my child into Harvard University!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
Hi, i'm not a parent, but i do go to BLS. I love it here! We have a lot of home work but I know i'm learning and its all worth it. Most of the kids last year who applied to Harvard University got in, I think it's just amazing.

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December 14, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 27, 2004
This is the most amazing school if your child wants to work hard. If your child gets accepted take the chance and send them. You will be thrilled with the quality of the education.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
Mr. Simmons (Music), Ms. Fulwider (English), and Dr. Yu (Chemistry) are some of the best and most influencial teachers my child has come to know.Mostly 99%all the kids go to college. Boston Latin School is an extraordinary institution, plus its free!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
I pulled my child from this school because it was breeding and elitism and haughtiness that will only lead to pain and suffering later in life. The student cliques and internal competition often gets in the way of academic collaboration and great achievement. Prestige is not worth the price to my child's psychological health. I am happy to say that, as at Boston Latin, he is still a straight A student.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
Boston Latin School is a wonderful school- the academics are fabulous and the extra curricular activities are tops especially in the music department- where the mr. brian a simmons conducts various choirs with amazing skill.

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December 16, 2003
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Boston Latin School
78 Ave Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA  02115
(617) 635-8895
Last modified Boston Latin School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Boston Latin School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews.