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Boston Latin School

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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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96%

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98%

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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93%

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89%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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99%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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93%

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92%

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88%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
37%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title I99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female95%
Male95%
African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial86%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title I96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title I99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
African American81%
Asian97%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial93%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title I91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female37%
Male54%
African American28%
Asian55%
Hispanic29%
Multiracial57%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Title I44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Title I100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students99%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title I99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title I99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

98%

Average SAT score

1869

Graduation rate

96%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 29% 6%
Black 12% 8%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Fax number
  • (617) 635-7883

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Boston, MA 02115
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