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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Boston Latin Academy is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Dorchester, MA. It has 1,698 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 88% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
About Boston Latin Academy...
School District
Boston Public Schools
Address
205 Townsend Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
Telephone
(617) 635-9957

Boston Latin Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
88%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1190
434 responses
Average ACT
26
12 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$62,021
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,445
National
$949
Median Home Value
$455,100
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
84%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.51 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.51 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 159 responses
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  • Spirit Day
    34%
  • Powderpuff Game
    17%
  • Color Wars
    14%
  • Teacher vs. student dodge ball game
    13%
  • Junior field day
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    4%
  • 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
1,698
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,790
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.76 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.76 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.76 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
$25,082/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.79 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.79 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.79 responses
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Boston Latin Academy is such a fantastic school. In fact, I am so lucky to be exposed to so many different cultures in this diverse environment. As good as Latin Academy is, I do think nothing is perfect. Latin Academy can always be better and I believe that it could be improved in terms of letting students know about the amount of great resources the school offers such as emotional counseling. Not many youth know how to access them or of their existence even!
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What I enjoy about this school are the programs available to us, ranging from AP courses to sports programs. In other words, starting in the 10th grade, there are over 10 AP courses available. As the years progress, these courses are edited by our teachers, giving us a wider selection of APs, such as AP Human Geography to AP Biology.
My school addresses issues that affect the student body, such as openly working with students to maintain a balance in our diverse community. There are safe spaces within our school that deal with mental health, such as our guidance counselors or our school based health center.
However, we could improve on preparing our rising juniors and seniors for college and life after BLA. In other words, SAT prep courses and college readiness programs are only available to us later in the school year, as opposed to having a year long course, which would enable us to feel less pressure. Also, the cost of SAT courses offered are not as cheap, starting at $100.
I feel like overall the school is okay. They need to work on hiring better and guidance counselors. Also I feel like the school isn’t that involved with their students. They barely present us with opportunities and for college. I know a lot of people from different schools who have all these opportunities that are just handed out to them. Also they need to start listening to the opinions of students instead of saying they’re going to consider it, but in reality they don’t. They need to focus on what’s best for us and checking in on us. Also when it comes to topics like racism or mental health they do a poor job of teaching us about it and just use the cliques. I feel like they’re too worried about our grades that they end up forgetting that were still just teenagers and we do need extra help.