Parents

Parents

SPC Banner SmallPlease visit this parent-run website—created by BLA parents, for BLA parents! It lets you access parent-specific resources, use an online parent directory, find out about upcoming parent and school-based events, learn about parent engagement at BLA, and much more!

All parents and guardians of BLA students are automatically members of the School Parent Council (SPC), which works to foster communication between parents, teachers, and the administration at Boston Latin Academy and the Boston School Committee. (Similar organizations at other schools are often called Parent-Teacher Organizations.)

The SPC meets monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hapgood Library (on the first floor, across from BLA’s main entrance). The Headmaster’s Update is given at 6:30 p.m.

By attending meetings, members have an opportunity to:

  • address their concerns with the Headmaster and other members
  • develop strategies to improve the quality of education
  • make a major impact on the success of children at the school

The SPC has recently updated its bylaws; they are online here.

Support BLA as you shop!

You can support BLA by bringing in Box Tops and by using your registered Stop & Shop card. Please follow the directions below. One recent year, we made over $800 through this fundraising.

Stop & Shop

Each September, please register your Stop & Shop card here, then use it for all your grocery shopping! Our Stop & Shop code is 10333. One recent year, we received a check for $680, thanks to the families who registered.

Box Tops for Education

We collect Box Tops in the main office. Please bring your clippings in a Ziploc bag to the BLA main office.

A Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses

The BPS medical director has distributed the following letter throughout the district:

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Arabic

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Cape Verdean

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Chinese

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – English

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – French

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Haitian

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Portuguese

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Somali

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Spanish

Letter Regarding Winter Illnesses – Vietnamese

Report Card Night

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Boston Latin Academy?

Where is Boston Latin Academy?

What is the application process and who can apply?

How do I sign my child up to take the exam?

How can my child prepare for the ISEE?

Can prospective families visit BLA (i.e. set up a tour)?

How can prospective families talk to parents of current BLA students (e.g. attend a neighborhood Information Night)?

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.