The following letter from Mayor Walsh is being distributed throughout the district:
Nine BLA students from Ms. Roche’s classes won in the recent BPS Hour of Code contests.
See them here.
The BPS medical director has distributed the following letter throughout the district:
Report Card Night will be December 1, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On Report Card Night, parents and guardians will have an opportunity to check-in with teachers about the grades their children received in term 1.
You will only have a short time to meet with each teacher: 5 minutes/teacher. Sign-up sheets will be available outside each teacher’s classroom.
While this time is entirely too short to address serious needs, parents and guardians should know that they will have the opportunity to schedule a more detailed appointment with teachers if there is not enough time to discuss more pressing issues.
Please schedule your meetings on the sign up sheet posted outside of your child’s teacher’s door, and keep track of your timeslot. Teachers will do their best to adhere to the schedules.
If available, please bring a copy of your child’s report card with you on December 1 for report card night; greeters will provide classroom maps.
We look forward to seeing you from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Please be sure to arrive by 6 p.m. so you can meet all of your child’s teachers.
The bell schedule can be found here.
You will be following your child’s Thursday schedule.
Student schedules will be available in the front lobby. However, to save time, it is strongly recommended that you get your child’s Thursday schedule in advance, either through SIS or by asking your child for it.
Dear Boston Latin Academy Community:
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) has released its annual accountability report that shows Boston Latin Academy has again exceeded its accountability targets, Progress and Performance Index (PPI), in every category and every subject area. Most notably, the PPI average across all BLA groups (6 subgroups) is 91 out of 100. Also, the school’s PPI for our high-needs subgroup is 87. However, we are disappointed to learn that Boston Latin Academy has been re-classified by DESE from a Level 1 to a Level 2 school.
All Massachusetts schools and districts with sufficient data are classified into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1 – 5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Level 5. For a school to be classified into Level 1, the cumulative Progress and Performance Index for both the “all students” group and “high-needs” group must be 75 or higher. A school will be classified into Level 2 if it has low assessment participation rates for any group (between 90% and 94%).
Notwithstanding exceeding the state’s minimum index core of 75 for both our all-students group and high-needs subgroup for Level 1 classification, BLA has been classified a Level 2 school due to our high-needs students’ participation rate falling to 90%, below the state’s required 95%. This decrease in their participation rate resulted from three high-needs students not participating in the assessment. BLA has a total of 29 high-needs students, 26 of whom took the assessment. I am also very proud to note that several of these students are among the highest scoring on the assessment in their respective classes. I am disappointed that BLA’s classification level has declined, and because of this I wrote a letter of appeal to retain BLA’s Level 1 classification, which was endorsed by Boston Public Schools, to Mitchell Chester, the Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education.
Troy P. Henninger
Assistant Head Master
The Friends of BLA invite members of the BLA community to come to the 3rd annual evening in the courtyard on Friday, September 16, 2016, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please RSVP here.
Q. What is Boston Latin Academy?
A. Boston Latin Academy (BLA) is one of three Boston public exam schools, along with Boston Latin School (BLS) and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (O’B). BLA educates students from grade 7 through grade 12. Students are accepted in grades 7 and 9.
Our mission 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. Some of our alumni are now government officials, professional newscasters, leading-edge scientists, and successful entrepreneurs.
Q. Where is Boston Latin Academy?
A. BLA’s address is 205 Townsend Street, Dorchester, MA 02121. We are in the geographic center of Boston and attract students from all over the city. View www.mbta.com to plan the best route. Also, see the official BPS transportation information at http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/transportation.
Our phone number is 617-635-9957.
Q. What is the application process and who can apply?
A. Interested students in grades 6 and 8 must register for the ISEE test, which typically takes place on the first Saturday of November (with a registration deadline sometime in September). In addition to the ISEE, the Boston School Department requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) for each candidate. The GPA is based on grades in English and Math for the final marks for Grade 5 or 7 and for the first half of grades 6 or 8. The criteria for the exam school admissions process consist of the ISEE scores and Grade Point Average, each accounting for 50%.
Application to Boston public exam schools requires proof of Boston residency for both the child and parent/guardian prior to taking the ISEE test. There are no exceptions to this residency requirement. Boston includes: Allston, Boston (Back Bay, Downtown, Fenway, North End, South End, West End), Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, Roxbury Crossing, South Boston, and West Roxbury.
Families rank school choices in order of their preferences. The deadline for submitting preferences is typically in late January. Please see the Boston Public Schools Exam School page for more information.
Q. How do I sign my child up to take the exam?
A. Please visit the Boston Public Schools Exam School page for official information on the exam school application procedures. Also see the BPS website’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about ranking and admission.
Information packets will be available at all Boston Public School middle schools in mid-September each year. Testing locations and times will be included in the information packet.
Q. How can my child prepare for the ISEE?
A. There are many ISEE prep books available online or in any large bookstore. Also, “What to Expect on the ISEE” can be found here.
The Exam School Initiative (ESI) is held in August at Boston Latin School and strives to help students in the district’s traditionally underrepresented schools gain admission and achieve success at one of the three Boston exam schools. Each spring, BPS invites rising 6th graders, based on standardized test scores or principal recommendations, to participate in the summer program. A recent expansion will increase student seats to 750 to provide more equitable access to academic rigor for students from those underrepresented schools. The ESI experience focuses on test taking and academic preparedness. The fall program brings these same students back on Saturdays in the weeks leading up to the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) in November building upon the summer curriculum.
If you have any questions about the ESI, please contact BPS via Maria Vieira at (617) 635-9512.
Q. Can prospective families visit BLA (i.e. set up a tour)?
A. Of course! Student-led tours for prospective families are offered during the school day from November through January on select dates and times, and on a limited basis at other times during the school year. Please sign up for a tour using this form.
Q. How can prospective families talk to parents of current BLA students (e.g. attend a neighborhood Information Night)?
A. Members of the School Parent Council are hosting information nights in several locations during the fall and early winter. Register here for an Information Night in your area. More dates and locations are coming soon.