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Notes for Prospective Students
The Roxbury Latin School is a small, independent day school for
boys in grades 7-12, located on a spacious 117 acre campus in West
Founded by John Eliot in 1645, in the reign of King
Charles the First, it is the oldest school in continuous existence
in North America.
Roxbury Latin's endowment and the generosity of
its alumni, parents, and friends enable the School to maintain a
distinguished faculty, to charge a relatively low tuition, and to
admit and enroll boys without regard to their parents' ability to
The opportunities afforded by the School are therefore
available to a uniquely diverse student body from all segments of
the greater Boston community.
Although Roxbury Latin has no formal
religious affiliation – and enrolls students from many
different faiths and backgrounds – the School remains deeply
committed to the essential values of its Judeo-Christian heritage:
honesty, simplicity, humility, respect and concern for others.
also maintain an abiding commitment to our classical heritage:
requiring three years of Latin and a modern Romance language,
offering three years of Homeric Greek as an elective, valuing the
aesthetic, and adhering to the ancient precept mens sana in corpore
The academic program for younger boys emphasizes the
development of basic skills in the arts, English, history,
classical and modern languages, computer science, math, and
As they mature, students gain increasing flexibility in
scheduling through elective options and independent study
In addition, there are full athletic and activity
All boys participate in on- and off-campus service
Throughout our history we have been proud to celebrate
the numerous academic laurels our students have earned, but we have
never lost sight of our primary concern: the moral character of our
At Roxbury Latin the fundamental promise we make to our
families is that "each boy will be known and loved."