The Roxbury Latin School

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The Roxbury Latin School Photo #1 - The Headmaster and members of Class I greet returning students on the first day of fall term.
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The Roxbury Latin School Photo #1 - The Headmaster and members of Class I greet returning students on the first day of fall term.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #2 - A boys' school by conviction and a small school by choice, Roxbury Latin is committed to the ethical formation and rigorous academic training of each boy entrusted to us.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #3 - Boys in a boys' school are freer to develop the full spectrum of their personalities, to be nurturing, gentle, empathetic, and sensitive with one another.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #4 - Roxbury Latin encourages its students to be generalists and provides an environment in which they will become aesthetically aware and have the opportunity to express themselves creatively. For their part, RL boys commit their time and talents generously.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #5 - More than half of the student body sings in one of the School's four choral groups, beginning with the Junior Chorus for the youngest boys.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #6 - Roxbury Latin students compete in the Certamen Scrimmage (Latin "Jeopardy"), organized by the Classics Club, and hosted annually by the School.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #7 - Our faculty, in addition to teaching and advising, also coach almost all of our 33 teams in 10 interscholastic sports. In the words of a veteran teacher-coach, "You never know when you can have a positive impact in the life of a boy, but if you teach him AND coach him, there is a much better chance you will be in the right place at the right time."
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #8 - The close relationship among teachers and boys may be the principal reason why there is so little turnover on the faculty or in the student body.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #9 - En route à pied to Mont Saint-Michel, 10th graders have the opportunity to participate in French or Spanish immersion during the month of June.
The Roxbury Latin School Photo #10 - Soon-to-be graduates gather outside the doors of Rousmaniere Hall prior to Closing Exercises.
  • 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 Roxbury, MA. 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 pay.
  • The opportunities afforded by the School are therefore available to a uniquely diverse student body from all segments of the greater Boston community.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Year Founded1645
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students303 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 21%
Students by GradeThe Roxbury Latin School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
74%
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP American Politics, AP Art History, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science, AP Economics (Macro), AP Economics (Micro), AP French 4, AP Latin 5, AP Modern European History, AP Music Theory, AP Spanish 4, AP Statistics
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Collared shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 6
Yearly Tuition Cost$33,200
Tuition NotesNeed-blind admission
% on Financial Aid
37%
Average Financial Aid Grant$24,090
Admissions DirectorBilly Quirk
Admissions AssociateCarolyn Powell

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
SoccerTennis,
Track and FieldWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Chess, Chorus, Community Service, Debating and Public Speaking, Dramatics, Environment Conscious Organized Students (ECOS), Habitat for Humanity, Jazz Band, Language Clubs, Latonics (a cappella), Model United Nations, Publications (newspaper, Yearbook, magazine of student arts), String and other chamber music ensembles

School Notes

  • 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 Roxbury, MA. 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 pay. 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. We 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 sano. 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 science. As they mature, students gain increasing flexibility in scheduling through elective options and independent study opportunities. In addition, there are full athletic and activity programs. All boys participate in on- and off-campus service projects. 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 boys. At Roxbury Latin the fundamental promise we make to our families is that "each boy will be known and loved."

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