Boston Latin School

345 reviews
  1. Boston Public Schools
  2. 7-12
  3. Public, Magnet
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
78 Ave Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone
(617) 635-8895

Boston Latin School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1310
368 responses
Average ACT
28
26 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
AP Enrollment
62%
AP Exam Pass Rate
90%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Very High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    89%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    11%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    0%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    0%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 90 responses
  • Prom
    22%
  • Spirit Day
    21%
  • Hypnotist Show
    18%
  • ASIAN Night
    17%
  • Senior Night Games
    11%
  • Step squad, fashion talent show
    10%
  • Winter Concerts
    1%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,379
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.8%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.53 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.53 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.53 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$22,944/ year
National
$11,890
96%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.52 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses

Reviews

345 reviews
  • Excellent
    42
  • Very Good
    146
  • Average
    124
  • Poor
    23
  • Terrible
    10
The dress code is a bit strict. The prohibition of spaghetti strap tank tops and too-short shorts and skirts is understandable, but other articles of clothing such as yoga pants and flip flops is a bit much. At one point, some faculty were pushing for the banning of jeggings! I think it is a bit unfair that administration's rules simply follow the "boys will be boys and girls must make sacrifices" mentality. Girls always have to dress a certain way so as not to distract the boys. Although there is definitely truth to this statement, I would appreciate some sort of education for both male and female students about boys' behavior towards females deemed inappropriate. Some males find it okay to treat a girl a certain way simply by the way she is dressed. Although such behavior is almost nonexistent in my school, it doesn't hurt to provide such education and it should be implemented at other schools as well. It would lower the need for excessive dress code policies and instill a sense of respect between the sexes. The guidance department is excellent. The guidance counselors are extremely qualified and provide support and attention to students who need tutors, are in emotional distress, or have questions about college admissions and exam registration. They are very friendly and genuinely care about making their students' experience as positive as can be.
  • Niche User
  • July 11 2013
A lot of the academics are great! I know when I have certain teachers that I will be doing well. I have the opportunity for electives starting in junior year and the opportunity for AP classes starting in sophomore year. The workload is a lot but as long as you manage your time really well you should be able to finish your homework at night, even with extracurriculars. The scheduling process is now online so that makes it really easy to sign up for classes. We don't really have popular classes, we have popular teachers.
  • High School Senior
  • 3 months ago
The brilliance of Boston Latin School both its extensive alumni resources and the student body itself, which is made up of the most self-sufficient and intellectually resourceful students in the entire nation, sometimes so much so that the role of the teacher is almost made superfluous. There are some negatives to Boston Latin School, such as its athletics program becoming underfunded and neglected. Once possessing one of the first girls ice hockey teams in the nation in the 1990's, which won multiple state championships, as ice hockey grew, the school found itself stagnated from the lack of increased funds. Today's team finds itself struggling to compete against better funded suburban teams. Nevertheless, the team has remained one of only two girls ice hockey teams in the entire Boston Public School system, (a system that contains over 56,000 students), and has recently battled their way to the state tournament in the 2015-2016 season for the first time since 2008.
  • Senior
  • 2 months ago