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!
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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