Boston Latin School in Boston, MA - Niche

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Boston Latin School is a public school in Boston, Massachusetts. It has 2,353 students in grades 7-12. According to state standards, 97% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 289 reviews written and they have been mixed.

78 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 635-8895

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3.5 from 289 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Boston Latin is an unbelievable opportunity for students in Boston. There are opportunities in music, art, travel, learning a language, sports and much more. After attending, I would gladly recommend this school to any parent or prospective student. Although some may say the work is overbearing or stressful, there is some flexibility in courses in later years and I have come to appreciate the classical education despite my academic struggles. I met my best friends at this school and will probably be more loyal to BLS than I will to my current university.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Courses get stressful but if you find a way to get it done
    • High School Freshman
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Its the worst school, if you can't handle pressure. Anyone here needs to be self driven; they can't rely on teachers reminding them of stuff. On the subject of teachers, some are okay, most are horrible, you need to be able to learn from textbooks. Four hours of homework and tests almost daily ensures students to be sleep-deprived and mentally dead. Food causes actual death. Some people are nice, a lot are awkward and nerdy. Sports is not Latin's forte. On the upside why I rate Latin a five: Huge extracurricular opportunities and internships for everyone. Great reputation that will get you into top colleges if you work hard play hard. Hardcore alumni connections from everywhere. Its in general an amazing school that will basically guarantee great colleges and success even past college. Keep it real guys, do not come here if you aren't prepared for it. Boston latin.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Overall Experience: This school can be challenging but rewarding. Management of time is key and learning how to teach yourself is important for those times where you get stuck with a teacher who doesn't exactly teach very well or when you want to get ahead to save yourself some stress.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I would not call my 6 years at this school the best years of my life, but I am very thankful for the education that I have received from this school and the opputunities it has provided me.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.00 Madison Park High School 1 mi. 1,160
3.66 O'Bryant School of Math & Science 1 mi. 1,356
3.66 Boston Latin Academy 2 mi. 1,645
4.33 Brookline High School 1 mi. 1,803
4.33 Cambridge Rindge & Latin School 3 mi. 1,684

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 44%
Female 55%

Student Diversity

Boston Latin School United States Boston Latin Academy Brookline High School Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Madison Park High School O'Bryant School of Math & Science
White 47.0% 51.0% 28.0% 59.0% 36.0% 4.0% 12.0%
Asian 29.0% 4.8% 22.0% 15.0% 10.0% 1.0% 20.0%
African American 10.0% 15.0% 26.0% 8.0% 35.0% 45.0% 38.0%
Hispanic 9.0% 25.0% 19.0% 10.0% 13.0% 46.0% 27.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 1.0% 6.0% 2.0% 1.0% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 7 16.2%
Grade 8 17.2%
Grade 9 16.4%
Grade 10 17.3%
Grade 11 16.4%
Grade 12 16.6%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 37 responses

  • 65% Yes
  • 27% Not sure.
  • 8% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 25% Educational Oppurtuntiy
  • 25% Prestige
  • 22% The opportunities
  • 20% College Connections
  • 9% Alumni connections

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 28% Everyone is stressed.
  • 24% The high amount of work
  • 11% The sense of competition instilled in students.
  • 9% Latin is required
  • 9% Tradition
  • 6% The incompetent teachers
  • 6% The fact nobody cares
  • 4% The large racism issue
  • 4% Dress Code

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 27 responses

  • 59% First public high school in the USA
  • 22% Reputation
  • 15% Oldest public school in boston
  • 4% Outside funding that allows more resources

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 65% Stressful but rewarding
  • 19% Stressful
  • 15% Oppurtunity to better your life

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 63% Be prepared to work hard.
  • 26% Don't count on sleeping.
  • 7% Trains you how to keep track of everything
  • 4% Asking for help can eliminate stress

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 5% I love everything about this school.
  • 86% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 5% I hate everything about this school.