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Roxbury Latin School

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101 St. Theresa Avenue West Roxbury MA 02132 United States
7th to 12th
Boys only


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The Roxbury Latin School is, across the board, a phenomenal academic institution. All departments are strong and continually improving thanks to an extremely dedicated faculty that cares deeply about each student and the mission of the school. The most beneficial skills I gained at RL in terms of usefulness in college are time management and writing. The way that teachers in the humanities challenged me to be concise with my articulation of complex thoughts was invaluable throughout my transition to college. In the classroom, RL students are very supportive of each other, and despite the natural "whatdjaget?" there is never animosity or a sense of competition against each other.

College Counseling

The reason I am where I am is entirely because of my college counselor. The....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The most important thing about the application process is willingness to be a part of....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

My time at Roxbury Latin was a love/hate relationship, but as I left RL and transitioned to college, I realized how much I really did love RL. The administration can at times be very overbearing with the activities they pressure you into, or the way they expect you to behave. However, because it happens to every boy, the shared experience of the "RL struggle" brings students closer than any other school can. The student body at RL is very diverse, but also shares all the same core values, which explains why students from very different backgrounds often become great friends.....

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