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 grade 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 between February 14 and March 14, 2018.  Students selected in this lottery are accepted to Boys’ Latin.  Those not selected are placed on a waiting list.  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.


Following the enrollment period, families from the waiting list are contacted and offered a spot. Should there be space available after the lottery and after the waitlist has been exhausted, 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 via email as requested.  Boys’ Latin also accepts the Philadelphia Charter School Standard Application.


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 2018-2019 School Year:







September 1, 2017 through

January 31, 2018


Application Window


February 14, 2018


Public Lottery.  Enrolled students are notified via mail.  Waitlisted students are also notified via mail and given their place on the waitlist. 


February 14, 2018 through

March 14, 2018


Enrolled Parents Pick-Up Student Intake forms or request forms be mailed.  The submission deadline should be considered if requesting the forms by mail.


March 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm


Student Intake Form Submission Deadline.  Students on the waitlist are contacted if enrolled students do not submit forms by deadline.


March 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm


New Parent Orientation Session (Option #1) – HS


March 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm


New Parent Orientation Session (Option #1) – MS


April 14, 2018 at 9:00 am (HS) and 10:30 am (MS)


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