In 2013, we invested $1.1 million to support the expansion of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School high school to add grades 6-8 in a middle school. Boys Latin is a high-performing college-preparatory school in West Philadelphia.
Boys Latin believes that all students, regardless of background, are capable of going to, and graduating from, college. Behavioral and academic expectations are high, and the school is squarely focused on providing the rigor and supports necessary to put students on the path to college and career success.
BLCS is a rigorous, no excuses, college-preparatory high school. It was founded as an alternative to the chronically low-performing high schools in West Philadelphia. BLCS places substantial focus on instructional rigor in a concerted effort to push students to work harder. Learning is also underscored by practical experiences. Students are also fully prepared to take the PSSA, SAT, SAT II, AP exams and, most importantly, succeed in their freshman year of college.
Boys Latin is located in West Philadelphia but serves students from throughout the city. The school’s student population is 99 percent minority and 72 percent economically disadvantaged.
BLCS has a strong track record of achieving academic growth for its students as well as preparing students for college. 99 percent of BLCS students graduated in 2012 (vs. the School District of Philadelphia average of 64 percent). In 2013, 81 percent of graduates matriculated to college. BLCS leadership decided to open a middle school due to their belief that enrolling students at a younger age would put even more students on the path towards college graduation.
Learn more at www.boyslatin.org