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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
  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 1,698 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 79% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.
Address
205 Townsend Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
Telephone
(617) 635-9957
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Boston Latin Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
79%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
475 responses
Average ACT
26
19 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$30,694
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$922
National
$949
Median Home Value
$296,378
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.57 responses
Poll
74%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.57 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 171 responses
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  • Spirit Day
    35%
  • Powderpuff Game
    16%
  • Color Wars
    13%
  • Teacher vs. student dodge ball game
    12%
  • Junior field day
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Halloween Costume Contest
    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%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.66 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.66 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.66 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$94,540
Teachers in First/Second Year
8%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.82 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.82 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.82 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
$25,850/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.85 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.85 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.85 responses
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The school is diverse with a variety of activities and clubs that you can participate in. There's a lot of resources that you can use to find jobs, scholarships, etc. I appreciated this about my school because I was able to get more involved in my community and heighten my high-school experience. Most teachers are usually understanding and will offer help or guidance to you if you need it. Some teachers were harsher, which often resulted in negative experiences because students didn't always feel supported by these teachers (due to fear). The arts program has added more options. The STEM opportunities are plentiful.
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Boston Latin Academy, like most schools where you're required to test to get into, is extremely demanding in terms of the courses and workload. In my experience, the teachers care about you and your education. Most of them stay after school to give opportunities for extra help to students who need them. On top of that, most teachers are great in terms of responding to emails. In terms of diversity, Boston Latin Academy boasts being the most diverse high school in Boston. The one thing that I would complain about is the school lunch. But then again, it's Boston Public Schools and BLA doesn't control that aspect.
I personally love it at Boston Latin Academy. I have good relationships with the teachers and administrators, I know that I have help if I need it. Teachers stay after school to help students, and the administrators are there for me when I need help. Some schools are very nice, with new equipment, fields, good food, etc. While BLA doesn't have any of that, the most important thing is that the teachers are good and they are very good at what they do and even the ones that aren't, students still love them. They care about the students and want to help them, they spend time on their lessons and give students opportunities.
I'd like to see change in the diversity within the school. While Latin Academy has a lot of diversity, students stick to their own groups. In my grade there are groups of people who all stick together and no one really branches out. I wish that that could change and people from different cultures and races would mix with on another.