Boys Latin Of Philadelphia Charter School

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Our Mission

 

Our Mission

We prepare boys for success in college and beyond, using as our foundation a classical Latin education, the positive influence of brotherhood, and rich relationships. We are a community that values and cultivates critical thinking, personal responsibility, emotional intelligence, and character development.

 
Our Vision

Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia is a collaborative community of motivated students, supportive families, and dedicated educators.  The school serves as a national college-preparatory model for educating boys by nurturing personal responsibility, emotional intelligence, and character development.  We empower students to understand their voice, increase their fortitude shaping scholars who are successful in college and beyond.

 
Why All Boys?
  • Schools for boys seek first to build good men.
  • Schools for boys understand and celebrate boys.
  • Schools for boys encourage full participation in all activities.
  • Schools for boys know that boys develop and learn in different ways.
  • Schools for boys teach in ways that boys learn best.
  • Schools for boys help students discover and explore their full potential.
  • Schools for boys foster brotherhood and lifelong friendships.
 
 
Why Study Latin?
Latin is the key to the vocabulary and structure of the Romance languages and to the structure of all the Teutonic languages, as well as to the technical vocabulary of all the sciences and to the literature of the entire Mediterranean civilization, together with all its historical documents. (The National Review)
 
Across the nation, studies have shown Latin to be effective in improving . . .
 
SAT Scores
Studies conducted by the Educational Testing Service show that Latin students consistently outperform all other students on the verbal portion of the SAT.
 
College Grade Point Averages
A study of freshman college student performance conducted by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville concluded that Latin students on average obtained a Grade Point Average 12% higher than those who did not study a language and 7% higher than those who studied French, German, or Spanish.  
 
 
Reading Achievement
Students in Washington D.C. who study Latin develop reading skills that were five months ahead of those who studies no foreign language and four months ahead of those who studied French or Spanish.
 
Vocabulary Skills
Students in Philadelphia receiving daily Latin instruction perform one full year higher on the standardized vocabulary tests than those who have not studied Latin.
 
Math Problem Solving
Students in Indianapolis who studied Latin daily advanced nine months in their math problem solving abilities in only five months of instruction.  In that same amount of time, they also exhibited eight months growth in world knowledge; one year growth in reading; thirteen months growth in language; and seven months growth in social studies.
 
Overall Learning and Study Skills
Learning Latin yields growth in students' abilities to read classical authors in the original language; to access key documents of the Western world; to avoid the biases and misconceptions of translators of classical authors; and to interface with the thought, ideas, and themes generated by classical and medieval authors.