Boston Latin School

By - 9/2/17 - 9:16 am

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports BPS told Charlestown parents of kids at Boston Latin School and Boston Latin Academy they'd have to take the T to get to school this year, but relented after parents protested and it became an issue in this year's city-council race.

By - 6/11/17 - 4:59 pm
Boston Latin balloons in West Roxbury

They put out the Boston Latin Academy and Boston Latin School graduation balloons (they had a lot more BLS balloons up).

By - 5/13/17 - 12:23 pm

The BPS Exam School Initiative, which aims to boost minority enrollment in the city's exam schools through free exam prep classes, held an open house at Boston Latin School this morning. School Superintendent Tommy Chang tweeted the following at Kenny Jervis, a longtime BPS parent advocate (and as you can see, cc'ed the mayor): Read more.

By - 5/9/17 - 9:34 am

In a victory for an anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard, a federal judge this morning ordered Boston Latin School to produce all data and "all internal communications" related to any concerns at BLS about the racial composition of Harvard's admission policies - and to have one of its officials made available to discuss the issue under oath. Read more.

By - 4/14/17 - 9:32 am

The Crimson reports an anti-affirmative-action group that sued Harvard in 2014 over its Asian-American admissions policies is trying to force Boston Latin School to fork over years' worth of records related to its students accepted to Harvard. Read more.

By - 3/23/17 - 1:31 pm
Skerritt

School Superintendent Tommy Chang announced today he's chosen Rachel Skerritt as Boston Latin School headmaster.

Skerritt, a Dorchester native and BLS graduate, is currently deputy chief of leadership development for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 8:40 pm

Interim Boston Latin School Headmaster Michael Contompasis today agreed to lift the impending ban on uncovered leggings and to meet with students to look at possible revisions in the school dress code. Read more.

By - 10/24/16 - 9:53 am
Boston Latin School logo

UPDATE: Uncovered leggings were unbanned as officials and students meet on dress-code issues.

Come Nov. 1, Boston Latin School will start enforcing a long-standing ban on leggings that are worn without shorts, a skirt or a dress.

Read more.

By - 9/26/16 - 3:52 pm

Administrators, teacher and students at Boston Latin School will have to undergo annual training on preventing racial discrimination, under an agreement announced today by the US Attorney's office to end the federal probe into possible civil-rights at the school. Read more.

By - 9/26/16 - 10:30 am

UPDATE: Boston Latin Academy also dropped to Level 2 because of the number of kids who opted out. BPS to appeal the downgrades.

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is outraged over the state ranking system because, come on, Boston Latin is still an elite school even if the state now considers it just Level 2 instead of Level 1 because too many kids opted out of a pilot run of the new PARCC test (the Clap School also got hit).

In immediate terms, we don't have to worry about the state beginning to babble about taking over BLS (that only happens when a school descends to Level 4), but it does mean BLS and the Clap now get on a state naughty list.

By - 9/7/16 - 6:33 pm

School Superintendent Tommy Chang said outreach efforts by BPS and the Boston Latin School Association to get more minority students into prep classes for the ISEE class worked. Read more.

By - 8/23/16 - 9:47 am

WBUR interviews Michael Contompasis on his return to the school he once led; he says he's trying to figure out a social-media policy for "acceptable behavior" online. Also, BLS has hired a full-time staffer just to communicate with parents; whom he promises will be notified as soon as some sort of incident happens at the school.

Contompasis is serving as interim headmaster until Superintendent Tommy Chang hires a permanent replacement for Lynne Mooney Teta, who resigned in June after several months of turmoil

By - 8/17/16 - 11:18 pm
Soccer at Millennium Park at sunset

Clay Harper was at the top of Millennium Park in West Roxbury this evening for a Boston Latin School pre-season soccer camp.

By - 8/3/16 - 3:37 pm

BPS investigators say they found several new instances of Boston Latin School failing to adequately respond to "alleged bias-based incidents" - in addition to the one previously reported instance for which the school headmaster received a two-day suspension. Read more.

By - 7/20/16 - 2:25 pm

UPDATE: Story rewritten to take into account BPS comments.

WGBH reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang is looking at a plan that would require exam-school applicants be enrolled in a BPS school in fifth or sixth grade to apply to one of the city's three exam schools - as a way of dealing with the minority-enrollment issue at Boston Latin School. Read more.

By - 7/3/16 - 11:50 pm

The leaders of the Boston Latin School Association, which represents alumni at the city's oldest exam school, are ripping the idea of a BPS committee with no BLS representation coming up with ways to change the way students get into the school to increase the number of black and Hispanic students.

"News of a secret working group examining admission policy is quite unsettling," association Chairwoman Charmane Higgins and association President Peter Kelly write in a letter today to School Superintendent Tommy Chang. A copy of the letter was posted to the We Are BLS Facebook group. Read more.

By - 7/2/16 - 10:59 am

The Globe reports a BPS committee has been quietly meeting since May on ways to increase black and Hispanic enrollment at the city's exam schools, in particular Boston Latin, without using the sort of quotas that were ruled illegal in the 1990s. Read more.

By - 6/28/16 - 12:21 pm
Tommy Chang discusses Boston Latin School

Chang discusses new positions as Walsh listens.

School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning named former Boston Latin School Headmaster Michael Contompasis interim headmaster until a new permanent headmaster is chosen.

At a noon press conference, Chang and Mayor Walsh said Contompasis, who served as headmaster between 1976 and 1998, would bring stability to the school as school officials launch a national appointment for a permanent headmaster, who would start next March. Read more.

By - 6/28/16 - 9:48 am

A gaggle of city and school officials will gather in City Hall today, along with "elected leaders and community members," to announce who is temporarily replacing Lynne Mooney Teta as headmaster of the nation's oldest public school.

By - 6/27/16 - 12:56 pm

The recent issues at BLS being reported by the media are indicators of a larger problem within the City of Boston, and it's time for constituents of Boston's legislators and officials to hold those truly responsible accountable for their inaction.