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Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School

Mission Statement:
This college preparatory high school serves young men of diverse backgrounds who live in the city. It offers students a rigorous education that prepares them for college matriculation and sets high standards for achievement, character development, and conduct. We have created a self-selected group of young men who value academic success, hard work, and the development of their intellectual, moral, social, creative, and athletic potential.
Accredidations and Awards:
Charter renewal and middle school expansion granted in 2012
Points of Pride:
#3 Philadelphia public school for college matriculation rate, 2014; only all-boys public school in the state; 4-year Latin requirement; graduates accepted and offered scholarships to top colleges and universities such as University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Williams College, Bates College, Villanova, Pomona College, Duke University, Lehigh University and Tufts; one-to-one laptop program; dual-enrollment programs with Penn Medicine program and Lincoln University; 27 medals won in the National Latin Exam, Medusa Mythology Exam and National Roman Civilization Exam; 13 students received Union League Good Citizenship Award; National Society of Black Engineers member; afterschool program includes more than 30 clubs and organizations such as Junior Beekeeper Society, mock trial team, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad
AP Courses:
Art History, Biology, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, Latin: Vergil, Physics B
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Robotics & Engineering; World Religions; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Sports Statistics; Roman History; Science of Health & Wellness; Greek & Roman Architecture; Humanities Through Film; Adobe Photoshop Certification; Studio Art; Advanced Art; Stage Design; Presentation Skills; Microsoft Excel; Media Communications; Computer Programming; Food in the Ancient World; Math & Interactive Media; Statistics
Foreign Languages:
Chinese, Latin
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
Forums for student leadership and expression; weekly student summits to celebrate school’s core values of compassion, curiosity, courage, integrity, and perseverance; restorative discipline practices; school safety corridors
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; Extended Family Network Parent Group (monthly); fundraising activities; teacher appreciation celebrations and student events; board member liaisons; afterschool club advisers; safety corridor monitors; panel members during student forums
Arts Activities and Classes:
Visual arts instruction; ceramics; poetry; literature; film; jazz
Activities and Special Programs:
Student government; National Honor Society; mock trial; Model United Nations; debate; Certamen (Latin competition); Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; theater (also part of the curriculum); creative writing; mural arts; film; A Capella; Step Crew; broadcasting (also operated as an athletic team); fencing; running; robotics; community garden; scientific investigations; computer competitions; cooking; chess; Key Club; book club; academic support; group study; silent study; organizational skills
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, Wrestling
Septa Routes:
21, 42, 46, 52, G, 34 trolley
Contact Information
5501 Cedar Ave., 19143
David P. Hardy, CEO
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Charter
2014-2015 Enrollment: 752
Grades Served: 6-12
Admission Reqs: Open admission, must live in Philadelphia
ELLS: 0%
Special Education: 9%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 66%
Waiting List? Yes, 155
Racial Demographics: African American – 96% Latino – 1% Asian – <1% White – <1% Other – 3%

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