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Roxbury Latin School

School rating 4.5 / 5 by

101 St. Theresa Avenue West Roxbury MA 02132 United States
Boarding
None to None
Day
7th to 12th
Gender
Boys only

Academic

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The academic courses offered at Roxbury Latin are without a doubt some of the best in this country. These courses taught me how to think critically, make sound and well constructed arguments, and many other skills. My classes were all small, I never had a class with more than 20 students. These small classes lead to opportunities to debate points, discuss readings, and have in depth conversations about the material. Furthermore, these courses taught me life lessons. My America at War class taught me leadership skills and emphasized the importance of making difficult decisions while under pressure. My three years of Latin gave me a basis in Romance languages that allowed me to become a comfortable Portuguese speaker while studying abroad. Although I did not enjoy or excel in my Math and Science classes, I was given the tools I need to be successful in my courses in college. The workload is not easy, but it is manageable. If I had spent less time procrastinating it wouldn't have been as bad as it seemed. The amount of work also prepared me for what a college workload is like. A Roxbury Latin education will prepare your son for college in ways that few other schools can emulate.

College Counseling

College advising at RL starts the spring of sophomore year. We all take a....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

To get into RL you need to take the SSAT, (Secondary School Admittance Test...or something....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The quality of life at RL is very rigorous. The days are long and the work is hard, but it makes you appreciate college so much more once you're finality out of there. The school has an incredibly competitive nature and will toughen even the softest of children. The students are generally unforgiving and will be the first to let you know when you make a mistake and will continue to ride you for that mistake until someone else makes a mistake, but they won't forget about your slip-up. The teachers are supportive, however they do not....

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