21 minutes/13.1 miles from Weston Center
290 Boy students, grades 7-12.
Student/Faculty ratio: 8:1.
Welcome to The Roxbury Latin School. Founded in 1645 by The Reverend John Eliot, Roxbury Latin is not only the oldest school in continuous existence in North America, it is also, by my reckoning, the oldest boys’ school on the continent. For all of our 363 years we have offered a program explicitly designed for the boys in our care. Our work has been steady and sure.
Roxbury Latin can boast of many distinctive features. This is a school in which scholarly striving is celebrated, in which a boy’s character formation is paramount, and in which an intentionally intimate community helps to ensure the forging of remarkably sustaining relationships among the boys and between boys and teachers. Of Roxbury Latin’s singular qualities, however, none contributes more powerfully to the life of our school than the background and nature of our boys.
Long before other schools decided that their integrity depended on their demonstrating some semblance of “diversity,” Roxbury Latin pursued and welcomed a student body strikingly reflective of Greater Boston’s broad demographic. We offer admission without concern for a family’s ability to pay, and we provide whatever financial aid is necessary in order for a family to be able to send their son here. Over the last few years, we have successfully extended our financial aid to encompass all complementary features of the school program – activities, trips, counseling and the like. All of this is unusual in the independent school world; we should never take this support and accessibility for granted. It makes for a dramatically democratic student body in which boys are measured by and appreciated for their talents, their character, their contribution to the life of the School, and their vibrant, eclectic personalities.
Because Roxbury Latin has uniquely defined accessibility and affordability, boys from all socio-economic groups have found a welcoming educational home here. Graduates will readily assert that the array of perspectives represented in our school, the opportunities to come to know boys of quite different backgrounds, and the powerful bonds forged from experiencing in common this crucible of intense academic challenges, and reliable reminders of possibility and duty – all consistently contribute to a climate in which boys come to love and respect each other. They are a band of brothers.
Whether you are already familiar with Roxbury Latin or new to our community, I invite you to explore our website and learn more about us. It is my hope that you will observe the truly distinctive character of our School.
Kerry P. Brennan