Thank you for your interest in enrolling in Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia! With a 12:1 student/teacher ratio, we offer an intimate learning community in which each young man is encouraged to be the “architect of his own fortune” by pursuing excellence across a range of endeavors.

Boys’ Latin enrolls by randomized lottery. As a public charter school, there are no admission requirements. Any boy grade 6-12 living in Philadelphia is eligible to apply for the lottery. If you apply to a grade level that is already enrolled to capacity, you will be added to the waitlist.

To learn more about the enrollment process for the upcoming school year, please review the How to Enroll and Application Timeline sections below.

Contact Information

Janet Ortiz-Cosby
Director of Enrollment

215-387-5149 (phone) 
215-387-5159 (fax) 
5501 Cedar Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143

How to Enroll


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 offers sibling preference for any applicant that has a sibling currently attending or a sibling that has graduated from Boys’ Latin. 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 extended school day and our rigorous curriculum, which is exclusively college preparatory with a Latin language requirement.  Additionally, applicants should note the unique school year calendar for all incoming ninth grade students; these students will begin their freshman year with a summer session beginning at the end of June.  This is a part of the school calendar for these students, and attendance is mandatory.  Boys’ Latin is serious about student achievement and expect that our students and families will embrace those expectations.

Application Submission Process

Applications for Boys’ Latin may be done electronically through Apply Philly Charter.  Click the Submit an Application button above to access the application. Online applications are available beginning September 20, 2019. 
Once on the Apply Philly Charter site, users should:
  1. Create an account and fill out a family profile
  2. Select the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School to which they want to submit an application
  3. Submit the application

Lottery and Post-Lottery

Selection of students for admission to Boys’ Latin is done by lottery, which will be held on February 12, 2020.  Students selected in this lottery are accepted to Boys’ Latin.  Those not selected are placed on a waiting list.  All families are notified via the SchoolMint enrollment portal through email or text.  (Apply Philly Charter will ultimately post these results as well.)  Following the lottery and acceptance, parents must complete registration by completing or providing Proof of Child’s Age; Proof of Residency; Proof of Immunizations; a Home Language Survey; and a Parent Registration Statement, as well as additional requested documents.  All of these materials are completed and submitted through the SchoolMint enrollment portal.  Families must complete all information thoroughly and meet all deadlines to reserve their acceptance.  These forms include all student information necessary to complete the registration requirements of Pennsylvania Charter Law (PA Act 22 of 1997).Once the registration is completed, families 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 as and if they are available. 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.   Please call the Enrollment Office at 215.387.5149 if you have any questions about the Enrollment Process.

Application Timeline

September 20, 2019

Application Window Opens

January 27, 2020

Application Window Closes

February 12, 2020

Enrollment Lottery
Please note that the families of students selected for enrollment will be notified via email or text through the SchoolMint Enrollment Portal. The families of students selected for enrollment should begin completing all required registration forms through the SchoolMint enrollment portal. Only completed intake forms will be accepted. The deadline for completion of all forms is March 24, 2020. 
Please also note that the families of waitlisted students will be notified via email or text through the SchoolMint Enrollment Portal. 

February 25, 2020

Apply Philly Charter posts all Lottery Outcomes

March 17, 2020

New Parent Orientation Session: High School (Option #1) at 6:30PM 

March 19, 2020

New Parent Orientation Session: Middle School (Option #1) at 6:30PM

March 21, 2020

New Parent Orientation Session: High School (Option #2) at 9:00AM

New Parent Orientation Session: Middle School (Option #2) at 10:30AM

March 24, 2020

Final date for families to complete required enrollment forms.