Boys Latin Of Philadelphia Charter School

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How to Enroll

Director of Enrollment:

Ms. Janet Ortiz-Cosby


Phone #: (215) 387-5149
Fax #: (215) 387-5159
5501 Cedar Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143


Boys’ Latin is a public school operating under a charter granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the School District of Philadelphia.  Admission to the school is open to all eligible students – boys who reside within the City of Philadelphia who are rising to either sixth or ninth grades exclusively.  Boys’ Latin does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, creed, ethnicity, mental and physical disability, proficiency in English or prior academic achievement when admitting students.  Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia is a school of choice, and it is important for both parents and applicants to know the level of academia is required.  All applying families are encouraged to do due diligence to learn about our rigorous curriculum, which is exclusively college preparatory with a Latin language requirement, and our extended school day.  We are serious about student achievement and expect that our students and families will embrace those expectations.


Selection of students for admission to Boys’ Latin is done by lottery, which is held on the 3rd Friday of November, or the first school day that follows.  Students selected in this lottery are accepted to Boys’ Latin.  Following the lottery and acceptance, parents must complete registration by completing or providing the following: Proof of Child’s Age; Proof of Residency; Proof of Immunizations; a Home Language Survey; and a Parent Registration Statement.  They will have a minimum of 15 business days to do so.  The documentation must then be submitted to Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia via mail or in person at the school office (5501 Cedar Avenue).  Families will have a minimum of 15 business days to do so.  Once the registration is completed, families are invited to attend a New Parent Orientation session on one of two dates in February.


Should there be space available after the lottery, students will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.  The school will host Information Sessions as a means of outreach to these families so they can learn about Boys’ Latin.  Information Sessions are held twice monthly on Monday evenings or Saturday mornings at our high school at 5501 Cedar Avenue.  Please call the Enrollment Office at 215.387.5149 if you have any questions about the Enrollment Process.


Application Submission

Applications for Boys’ Latin may be submitted by mail or in person to the main office of the high school:  5501 Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19143.  Applications may be obtained in person at the aforementioned address, on our website (, or from the School District of Philadelphia. 


Student Intake Form Submission

All applicants should make note of the public lottery date.  Those who are enrolled per the lottery outcome will be notified (via mail) to come to the school to receive a list of the required registration forms and materials.  The documentation list and forms will also be available at the public lottery for those families in attendance.  Parents may come in to pick up the items or request the forms be mailed to their desired address. These forms include all student information necessary to complete the registration requirements of Pennsylvania Charter Law (PA Act 22 of 1997).


Application Timeline for the 2017-2018 School Year:







July 1 through November 4


Application Window


November 18


Public Lottery


November 18 through December 14


Enrolled Parents Pick-Up Student Intake forms


January 30


Student Intake Form Submission Deadline


February 7


New Parent Orientation Session (Option #1) – MS


February 9


New Parent Orientation Session (Option #1) – HS


February 11


New Parent Orientation Session (Option #2) – MS and HS


February through April


Open House Information Sessions for Interested Parents (as needed)