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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Boston Latin Academy is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Dorchester, MA. It has 1,767 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 80% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

Boston Latin Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
80%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1190
533 responses
Average ACT
26
21 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D
Median Household Income
$34,655
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$998
National
$949
Median Home Value
$428,891
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.61 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.61 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 185 responses
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  • Spirit Day
    34%
  • Powderpuff Game
    16%
  • Color Wars
    15%
  • Teacher vs. student dodge ball game
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Junior field day
    6%
  • Diversity Day
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,767
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.70 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.70 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.70 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,933
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.86 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.86 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.86 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$28,305/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.89 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.89 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.89 responses
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My experience at Boston Latin Academy was bittersweet. While I do feel that most of the students are bright and passionate, there were far too many apathetic students who didn't live up to expectations.

The school needs to be renovated. Of course, alumni donations are scarce (as expected). It looks very shabby and dull. The building doesn't showcase any school spirit (other than an obscure trophy wall). The food was subpar (like at any BPS school); sometimes there weren't enough lunches for all the students.

Some teachers were clearly disorganized and ill-prepared to teach subjects. There were a select few teachers who were taking classes in the subject they were teaching, which always confused me.

I mostly enjoyed the diversity of the student body. I'd say that most current students and alumni would agree that it was a highlight.

Overall, Boston Latin Academy needs to make some serious changes to make the school more competitive and profitable.
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Boston Latin Academy represents what many want for Boston, a melting pot of different cultures that are all able to come together and collaborate in order to succeed. As one of the most diverse schools in the country, BLA prides itself in appealing to and welcoming all people. Recently, in light of events that have taken place, Latin Academy has not done very much for their black and brown community, and their silence has not gone unnoticed. In terms of academics, Latin Academy is top tier, having the same curriculum as Boston Latin School, which is ranked as one of the top schools in the country. The students at Latin Academy are all extremely bright individuals, and the curriculum challenges all of them. BLA requires students to always work hard, but is also offers assistance to any student that need or wants it. Overall, Boston Latin Academy is a very good school, and I would recommend almost any student in Boston to go there.
There's a toxic relationship between the student body and the administration. Student leaders actively try to make change when it comes to the lack of effective teaching. It seems as though seniority amongst teachers are more valued than student education. There's a number of different clubs but it seems as though the library is never open after school hours. There is racial tension amongst the student body, but the athletics and dance teams somewhat bring people together. The few, amazing teachers in the school are really gems and should be payed more. But again, seniority is more respected than actual educating skills.