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Dorchester, MA
Students enrolled: 1,680

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205 Townsend St
Dorchester, MA 02121

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November 16, 2014
I go to this school now. This school is just so bad. They always ask for money when you get your report card. They send the money on things they dont need like paper trays for food.... like really. Plus no one listens to you. Only the honor roll we give reward to only the honor roll. When other kids in the school do their best and try their hardest and only the honor roll people get stuff. They get to have a voice while us just one point and i could have gotten an honor roll are not good enough. Don't go to this school it is bad no one likes it. There is so much stress. People throw food at you when you get out of the lunch room, stick gum in your hair, laugh at you if you walk funny, and ugh this school is just so annoying. They expect so much from you. Some of the teachers aren't that bad. But everyone else are just a bunch of ughhh cant write this without a swear. The school is just bad dont go there no one cares about you in this school.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2013
I went here in from 9th grade in 2003 to graduation in 2007. Most of the staff, administration, and many teachers could not care less about you a human being. There none of them understood that life outside the school walls like family and work affected your performance in school. Guidance counselors included were of no support. Many a times when students in math class would have a question about the material, the teacher would respond "it's in the book." How funny, because I read the book, and now I have a question. The book is not getting paid a salary to teach. Thanks for nutritious honey buns for breakfast every morning, and the vitamin packed pizza and dry tater tots every lunch. Thank goodness the school is right next to McDonalds for an even healthier alternative. The staff must look at the student as a whole, speak with them one on one, guidance counselors and teachers alike. Teachers need to teach, not just relay info and mark whether it was regurgitated back properly. Guidance counselors should guide, actually help each grade instead of popping up just at the end of senior year. The one positive change was implementing the rotating schedule and activities period.

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2013
Really this school is just a wannabe of Boston Latin School. It does not specialise in anything in particular ( Boston Latin School specialises in humanities and The O'Bryant specialises in Math and Science). Kids here do not seem to be motivated by anything. You'll be lucky to get into Umass Amherst If you go here. Teachers are okay and Administration sucks. Thank god I transfered out of this school to O'Bryant I can say that I am happy now that I will be attending Harvard next semester.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2011
I am a senior here and I know that our school would be a lot better if they stopped dumbing down the exam test and had FEDERAL FUNDING. It is hard to be happy at a school that doesnt have cetain sports, and cannot afford to get new books or buy a printer that does not give teachers problem every week. It is also hard for a teacher when the education system itself is changing into something worse than it already was. And to make matters worse, the government is having budget cuts towards education again.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2010
BLA has some great teachers but administration is bad

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
i go to this school now and i hate it. we don't have any paper most of the times. we also don't have toilet paper. i would not recommend this school. i honestly want to leave it because i do not like the sports there or the education.

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May 12, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
My grandson attend there and has done exceptionally well. It's is an excellent academic school particular for math and science.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2010
Boston Latin Academy gives a lot of support to its students. Many teachers and students help each other out and the curriculum is based on the classics and Latin. However, there are some students who can't take the challenge and there are some teachers who give no support at all. Overall the school is a great school but some students and teachers slack off.

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2010
Great school! I am currently a seinor and although I dreaded going to school daily, doing homework daily, it worked out for THE BEST! I have challenged myself in and out of school, met great people, and learned to push myself out of my comfort zone. This school is SO diverse, it's great! After being here for 6 years, I have been given/seeked for so many opportunities at BLA. I even job shadowed an employer at IBM through BLA's PIC office and applied for an internship with IBM over the summer. There are many activities that I have found through BLA that helped to enlighten and shape who I am today. I'm sure with the motivation to perservere and the knowledge given by a range of teachers, this experience at a college-prep school will definately prepare me!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 08, 2009
I have 2 children currently enrolled at this school. My oldest graduated in 08 from BLA. I love the experiences and education that my children have received here. The faculty and staff are very receptive and helpful. I have always felt that my children are safe and are treated as individuals.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
I am currently a student at Boston Latin Academy and i have been for 5 years now almost. The teachers here are amazing. There are, of course, the stern older teachers that abide by 'old school' methods of teaching - which is fine, i mean this is a college preparatory school. There are also the new, young teachers who have fun and different approaches to education. All teachers give you the utmost respect, as long as they receive it back. Extra help is ALWAYS there when i need it, but individual attention in class is of course difficult with classrooms being filled to capacity. I feel like i have the upper hand then most students around the US going into college, and i feel i will do well once i get there.

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2008
I am a current student at BLA. I love it and have met most of my best friends there. The teachers are awesome when you show them willingness to learn. It gives a good amount of homework and work to prepare you for college and extra help is always available if the student is willing to take the time for it. Although some people have written it has a 'sink or swim' environment I completely diagree. In 7th grade when i entered the school my teachers were all welcoming and there for us when we needed them. I have been given amazing opportunities for outside activities and sports. I am currently cheerleading for the school and have more than loved it. Sports are an amazing way to fit in and I have met amazing people. I am proud to say I go to BLA and will be proud to graduate.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2008
This school is a good place for learning as far as i know from my experience. However, it is not a very nurturing environment for individuality. I'm a goth and i have very few friends, and often feel very depressed even though i have an A&B report card

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2008
I went to BLA for 4 years. It was not the best school in the country. It is outstanding comparing to others in the area. They have some very good teachers there. Having that said, I did find the quality of the school is going down. Many good teachers/administrators are leaving the school.

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
I am a sixie [7th Grade] at BLA nd this school is just amazing from the staff to the students! The only complaint i have is for the luch! The lunches are not very good! Especially the pizzas they look greasy and fake! But they do provde vending machines which i think is an excellent idea and they are quite healthy! This school provide great extracurricular activitiess! With great sports that many will enjoy! This is my first year there and i hope that i graduate from this marvelous school!

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November 10, 2008
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November 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2008
I'm a former student at Boston Latin Academy who attended the entire six years, and I must agree with several of the student reviewers that many of the teachers (and also most of the administration) are more concerned with their own agendas than with the welfare of the students. It can be a very discouraging environment in which to learn, although there have been several teachers who are very caring and concerned with students understanding and enjoyment of the subjects. Unfortunately, an average student can fall through the cracks very easily and eke by on a low GPA. BLA is certainly not the best school in the country (or the city), but it does have its upsides: the sports curriculum is strong and varied and (at least at the time of my attendance) the music department was interesting and fun. I wouldn't discourage any parents from enrolling their child there.

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October 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 27, 2008
I am a parent with an 8th grader that attends BLA. I am thrilled with the school as my son is doing well and I have had great feed back by the teachers at BLA. My youngest son is a 6th grader and I am having him pick BLA as his first choice over Boston Latin, as I love this school and feel comfortable there and how well my son is doing. I am very happy so far!

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August 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
As a former student at boston latin academy I can say that it was one of the best experiences in my life I can hardly wait to get up in the morning .They provide you with so many scholarships and opportunities to succeed later in life. Although teachers may disagree with students or students may not be on like terms with the teachers, it is still one of the best schools to put your child into

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July 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
im at bla rite now and its the best skool ive ever been to. I met really great friends there and they teachers make it fun and easy to learn difficult things they really help you out when you need it.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 27, 2008
I totally agree with this young man (Mr. Johnson). To date, I am less than impressed with that school. I have 2 children there and it certainly fosters a sink or swim environment. There are few teachers that care, some are apathetic or merely concerned about their own agenda. Some of the teachers are not that great at teaching either. RPJ.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2008
i've been at boston latin academy for three years & i can't stand it here. the teachers only focus on how bad the students are & who does bad. they don't care about how well you do in other subjects or you're personal ideas, but just how well you behave & what you're grades are like. right now as a student i'm doing extremely well in english, i am over the top & i love to read & write & my teacher loves me. but because i'm doing bad in math, that's all they care about, & i can't take it. i'm leaving next year, & i can't wait

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 2007
I'm a current student at Boston Latin Academy. Even though, Boston Latin Academy is not the number high school in Boston, I have a lot of fun learning at this school. I am very positive that i wll go to Harvard beacuse i took my education at Boston Latin Acdemy!

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December 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2007
I'm very happy with the school. Most of the teacher are really involved in helping the kids. The principal is a great women. Safety and discipline they are working on that. They have a lot of estracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
I spent 4 years in Boston Latin Academy. I am currently in college and studying Biomedical Engineering. Yes, I agree, BLA was not the greatest school in America and there were room for improvement, but it was a good school. For the 4 years in BLA, I have had lots opportunities and got the chances to build up my resume for college. I represented the State of Massachusetts in Intel International Science Fair and was in the Westinghouse Competition. It was good time. Many study think opportunity would wait for them once they walk into BLA, nevertheless they were waiting, but you need to pick them up. They were not going to come to you. Administration of Boston Latin Academy is a bit on the conservative side. They still could not get over the 'Latin' Academy name. They could have done more on the science and technology side.

- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2007
The school was a great disappointment. There was so much potential within the student body. The brightest most motivated kids in Boston were there, it was very diverse and not too big but the administration (including the majority of teachers) did nothing to maximize any of this. In fact they created a negative atmosphere- rewarding only one kind of student, discouraging original thought and discussion, in its stead focusing on intimidation, discipline, memorization, and quantity. The school took the gifts they were given- which they should have appreciated and cultivated and instead were so afraid to lose control or do anything unorthodox and cannot claim any part in the success of the students.

- submitted by a former student
September 04, 2007
This school has a sink or swim environment, the teachers are stand on their soap box even when they are wrong. I am leaving this year to go to a private school, and I am honored to leave.

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August 24, 2007
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August 19, 2007
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August 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
I am a student at BLA and I have to admit that it is a pretty great school. 012 is my date I will graduate in this school. It is a good school

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2007
BLA is a terrfic school. One of my kids goes to Boston Latin. Another goes to Boston LAtin Academy. Guess What? I like the cirriculum at BLA much much better. So dont judge a book by its cover.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
My son is a 'sixie' at Boston Latin Academy and I have to say it was a rocky start--having been a homeschooler and then going to a large school environment. After the first 2-3 weeks he was on-track thanks to the staff and the principal. Getting into this school takes good grades and a pretty decent score on the ISEE. It's hard work but it's the child's future and it's up to the parents to supervise that the homework is done well, done legibly, neatly and so on. It can't all fall on the teachers' shoulders--my son isn't the only student attending BLA. We've had three grading periods; two were on the honor roll, one was not. He realized he became a bit 'lazy'. This is a great school with a great staff--but 'you gotta want it bad enough'!

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April 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
I am a former student of BLA. I spent 4 years in BLA and regretfully can say I won't be able to graduate with the class 0f 2006. I moved out of Boston forcing me to leave. BLA is just an overall great school including the diversity of the student body, the amount of help one can get to help themselves emotionally and academically. I can't say that BLA didn't have its imperfections; what school didn't? Its sad for me to go to another high school and can't stop praising BLA, I feel as though NO school can amount to the things you can really learn at BLA. Its also sad that I tell my current teachers that their classroom is not intellectually stimulating as BLA and that another reason why I dislike their school so much besides the fact that the studentbody is not as diversed or caring of cultures.

- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2006
I am a junior at Boston Latin Academy. Being in this school taught me many things, not only academically but also with other things. The teachers here are awesome, they are down-to-earth and amazingly smart. The students here are incredibly capable of doing hardwork and such commited students. Latin Academy has a great Latin program, a whole extra-curricular list, and they also have AP programs and honor programs. Also, Latin Academy is directly connected with Harvard Medical School, Boston University, Berklee College school of music and other prestigious universities in Massachusetts. I encourage everyone (especially Boston residents) to consider Latin Academy as their choice. Personally, this school is really doing a great job with preparing us for college. Hanah Fadrigalan BLA 2007

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2006
I have 3 years left at BLA and it's a good school. I'm proud to be a student there, and I can't to be an alumni. There is a change every year and I love it.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2005
Boston Latin Academy is an excellent institution, I am coming out of my first year at this school and I have already gained tremendous amounts of knowledge. They have an excellent Latin program, great extracurriculars and an awesome faculty. The school has an excellent and diverse student body. I would assume it was the most diverse in Boston. The qualities in this school are neverending. The teachers care about you and discipline you, and teach you all they can.At Boston Latin Academy they are breeding the children that will become the furture leaders of the free world. The most excellent part about this school is that it is free. Because the high standards that the school sets, the students are surround by other intelligent and well- behaved students. Your child will be safe, and will be educated during their 6 year stint at Bla. BLA is the Best In Boston.

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August 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2005
I am a student and I am dissappointed with BLA. We were told that this is a nurturing school but it is not. Kids are so lost and cannot behelped untilthey are juniors or seniors and only if they are honor roll students. They don't seem to care about those of us that need help. My best friend left this school because he hated it and no-one even cares about us. Some kids just show up for attendance and then go for smokes. We try to help each other outside but I wish we had more support inside the school. No money is no excuse. They shouldn't take so many students if they cannot help us.

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2004
I am a student at boston latin academy and in my 3 years being there i have noticed that i have grown as a person. The school offers all types of extra curricular activities. Not only do they give you the education you need later on in life but they prepare you for the outside world by letting you experience things hands on. Its one thing for someone to lecture you about something but it is another for them to let you experience it yourself so then you will forever have a mental memory. Though our school may be challenging, in the long run we will have great endurance.. People from the outside looking in may think that our school is to challenging for their child, but thats not the case, its that we set our standards high. The rule to live by: only the strong survive ~brittny~ class of '08

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2004
I'm a current student at Boston Latin Academy and I love it. Yes, the school has its imperfections, but its overall quality is unmatchable. BLA is not a school filled with intelligent people that can be categorized as preps or snobs, but with intelligent teachers and students who know how to embrace and appreciate diversity. I love it here and though I am excited to graduate this year, I am almost sad to make it part of my past.

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2004
I was a BLA student as a member of the Class of 2003. During my six years at this school I have learned a great deal of knowledge and valuble life lessons. Although the school is not as great as it once was I believe current and future students will come to love and cherish every moment that they spend there. Most teachers are dedicated in what they teach and push each and every student to do his or her best no matter the outcome. Although academics is a major part of what this school is all about, the diverse student body is what keeps student going. Students are given the opportunity to learn about each other's culture and background. A student will leave BLA with a surmountable knowledge to take on the world and a respect for mankind.

- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2004
I am also a student at BLA since 7th grade and I have noticed that even though it's not the best school, it's better than the average Boston Public School, but the school is a little overrated. The MCAS scores are high because the students have to go through certain requirements to enter the school (test and GPA) so every student is already intellegent before entering. Like other schools, the teachers vary. Some are dedicated and some aren't as dedicated. There aren't as much extracurricullar activities as other schools, but also has a Japanese program unlike other schools. I know there are budget cuts, but there are other schools that manages their money better in face of the budget cut by getting help from people outside the government. BLA just finished painting all three floors and lockers while books are still needed. However, BLA does a good job challenging the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2004
I am a memeber of the graduated class of 2004. I attended BLA since the seventh grade and I loved it. There i built a strong academic foundation and matured as a citizen of this counrty. I learned the power of diversity in numbers, race and gender; The teachers are okay, the food isn't that great, and these things aren't the best no matter what school you go to; but the total experience at BLA is invaluable.

- submitted by a former student
June 14, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 10, 2004
'I am also a student at BLA (2nd year)and i find myself having great difficultys but not only do the teachers educate they care. They want to see their students succeed, and i find this so amazing because in my opinion i have not yet found (by experence) any Boston Public or Private school like this. Ms Dent, class of 08'

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June 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
I was part of the graduating class of 2003 at Boston Latin Academy and I love and cherish it so much that I often find myself checking the website to see what the students are up to. It gave me just the right amount of support and independece that I needed. The curriculum could be tedious at times, such as taking Latin and another language at the same time, but only prepared me so much more for college. The immense diversity at BLA is a learning experience that a child could not receive anywhere else.

- submitted by a former student
May 05, 2004
Boston Latin Academy is a wonderful school. The administration is friendly and responsive. It is a friendly environment yet academically rigorous. Yet, the students feel supported and the parents welcomed. I would seems to me that it is the most diverse school in the city of Boston (race, gender, socioeconomic class, culture and others). This makes for a rich environment and a wonderful experience for the students. The only challenges I see the school experiencing have to do with budget cuts and lack of resources. They do a great job with so little. For example, the art program is wonderful and its students have received many prizes and awards throughout the years. The music program collaborates with Berklee School of Music and so much is being accomplish. But more resources are needed to support students interests, extracurricular activities, etc. As a parent I feel welcomed and part of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2004
I am not a parent but I attend the school. I may only be a student, but this school is superb. The principal brings students from all unique cultures, and brings them into a wonderful learning environment. As you can see from the high MCAS scores, this school has alot of things to bring to the table. It has many sports, foreign languages including: Italian, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and a magnificent selection of clubs/extracurriculars. If you can't afford private school, don't bother. Have your child take the exam in sixth or eigth grade. If you want your child to have an astonishing education and have fun at the same time, Boston Latin Academy is the top school.

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Boston Latin Academy
205 Townsend St, Dorchester, MA  02121
(617) 635-9957
Last modified Boston Latin Academy is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Boston Latin Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top