After School Roundtable Discussions, Starting Feb. 2

About Us


A Reputation for Excellence: GLS to BLA

Boston Latin Academy (BLA) was originally established in 1878 as Girls’ Latin School (GLS), the very first college preparatory high school for girls established in the United States.

By the time GLS celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1903, it had achieved the reputation as one of the finest college preparatory schools in the United States.

In 1971, the School Committee recognized a new state law which ended sex discrimination in the two Latin Schools. Soon after, the school became Boston Latin Academy.

In 2010, BLA won a Blue Ribbon Award from the US Department of Education. This award, which recognized 254 public and 50 private schools across the country, recognizes schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

For more information about the history of BLA, including video and photographs, visit the BLA-GLS Association.

Core Values and Beliefs

The mission of Boston Latin Academy is to prepare students for higher academic study by challenging them with a rigorous curriculum. Our Classical and Liberal Arts education allows students to become successful participants in a diverse and challenging society.

We believe:

  • Teachers must collaborate effectively to engage students in meaningful learning experiences.
  • Students must be responsible and respectful to each other and to the larger community, as well as be actively engaged in building a safe, caring, and inclusive community.
  • Students must be given opportunities for leadership and decision-making to become informed participants in a democratic society.
  • Students must analyze and synthesize content in order to access higher level thinking skills, using a variety of media, in preparation for global competition.

21st Century Learning Expectations

Academic Competencies:

  • Take an active role in their own learning and in the learning of others
  • Apply critical thinking skills to complex problems and authentic tasks
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use technology to facilitate and engage in higher order critical thinking skills

Social Competencies:

  • Collaborate with others by leveraging different perspectives and skill sets to accomplish goals
  • Act responsibly while considering the perspectives and values of other individuals, communities, and cultures

Civic Competencies:

  • Act responsibly in applying knowledge and skills to issues that have civic significance in our school community and beyond