Our primary goal is to prepare young men for success in college and beyond. We believe that all students, regardless of background, are capable of going to, and graduating from college.
Our College Advising team provides the individualized support required to turn this belief into a reality. We expose our students to a variety of colleges and universities to identify schools that best fit their needs and interests, and we provide individualized support throughout the application process. Affordability is one of our students’ greatest barriers to college. We help students and families maximize the aid they receive by assisting with financial aid and scholarship applications. SAT preparation courses are offered to all students. We support our alumni as they transition from high school to college by providing academic, emotional, financial, and career assistance.
Heidi Bonner, Director of College Advising
Ms. Bonner established the college advising program at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia and has served as its Director of College Advising for nine years. She began her career in admissions and counseling as Assistant Director of Admissions at her alma mater, Bowdoin College from which she received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics. From 1991 to 1995, Ms. Bonner worked for U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell as a legislative aide in his Washington, D.C. office. Following the Senator’s retirement, Ms. Bonner served as a policy analyst for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee under Senators Tom Daschle and Harry Reid, providing legislative analysis and support for senators and their staffs. While earning a Master’s Degree in the Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, she transitioned into a position as a Legislative Specialist in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education.
In 2001, eager to work in the admissions field again, Ms. Boner returned to the profession as the Director of College Counseling at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia. For three years, she served as Foxcroft’s college counselor and Latin teacher. However, her dream was to work with students from underrepresented background, and she is thrilled to have been given that opportunity at Boys’ Latin.
Ms. Bonner is a member of NACAC and serves on the Secondary School Counselors Committee of the PACAC. She lives in Chester Springs, PA with her husband and their 14-year old twin sons, Aidan and Matthew. Their older son, Michael, is in his second year of law school at Drexel University.
Stephanie Tedesco, College Advisor
Ms. Tedesco joined the Boys’ Latin College Advising Office in 2015 as a College Advisor. Prior to Boys’ Latin, Ms. Tedesco worked in a variety of roles in the field of education that brought her to her current position. After graduating from Clark University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture, she moved to France to teach English to young children. Then, she completed a service year with AmeriCorps in Buffalo, NY, where her primary responsibility was to connect underrepresented students with meaningful summer programs. It was this role that led Ms. Tedesco to pursue a Master’s in Secondary School Counseling at Lehigh University. In her second year of the program, she interned at New Foundations Charter School in North Philadelphia, where she contributed to the development of the school’s first college counseling program. Following her graduate degree, Ms. Tedesco returned to Clark as an Admissions Counselor, where she helped recruit and admit prospective applicants. However, Ms. Tedesco knew she wanted to work on the high school side, promoting college access to first-generation, underrepresented students. She feels very lucky to be working at Boys’ Latin!
Ms. Tedesco is a member of NACAC, PACAC, and ASCA. She lives in Fairmount with her husband, Aaron, and newborn daughter, Annie, dog, Franklin, and two cats, Ham and Clover. She loves trying new vegetarian restaurants in the city, singing, and traveling.
Our mission is simple: educate boys to become men who are successful in college and beyond. Boys' Latin of Philadelphia sends more African American males to college each year than any other school in Pennsylvania. On average, 98% of students are accepted to college. Per the National Student Clearinghouse, 89% of students matriculate to college and 87% of students persist at 4-year colleges and universities. These rates are impressive on their own, but even more so in the context of Philadelphia where only 29% of all residents and 10% of African American male residents have a college degree.
Please click here to review the list of the nearly 300 colleges and universities around the country that Boys' Latin students have earned admission to and graduated from.
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