The school is housed in a large building at 205 Townsend Street and the main entrance is at the corner of Townsend and Hazelwood, near the flagpole. Please avoid the other entrances and enter through the main door. For handicapped access, call the main office to get directions on entering the building.
For driving directions, click on the map below. The building parking lot can be used by our visitors but most spaces are occupied by our staff 7AM-3PM. We recommend street parking in the neighborhood. Please read the signs carefully to avoid street cleaning, especially on Friday. Note that you should avoid parking on Townsend Street in front of the school 6AM-4PM because you will interfere with bus traffic.
If you are the parent of a prospective student, we would love to have you visit Boston Latin Academy for a student-led tour! Simply fill out this form, and you will be contacted to work out further details about your visit. Tours are offered throughout the school year.
Our students are admitted based on results of an entrance test, called the Independent Schools Entrance Exam (ISEE), and grade point average (GPA). After the results are released by the Boston Public Schools, admitted students and their families will be invited to visit BLA during Welcome Night, usually held in early April.
At this time, our school policy does not allow prospective students to shadow current students during the school day. At your request, we may put you in touch with other parents so you can ask them about our school.
We are honored to have had many educators from the United States and other countries visit our school, including Fulbright exchange teachers, a team of principals from China, and others. We typically conduct “Instructional Rounds” with these guests.
Instructional Rounds are an opportunity for guests to see our school by visiting multiple classrooms in one day, staying for 15-20 minutes in each class. Before conducting our rounds, we allow guests to meet with a team of faculty who provide them with an overview of our school. We also explain how to conduct the classroom visits and what to look for in our instructional practice. Later, we have a conversation with our guests about their observations. This practice has been extremely valuable to us as we strive to improve our teaching. We try to make sure it is a valuable discussion for our guests as well.