Kerry brennan roxbury latin

Opening of spring term address

The Roxbury Latin School welcomes you. Roxbury Latin, established in 1645 by The Reverend John Eliot, is not only North America’s oldest continuously operating academy, but also, in my opinion, the continent’s oldest boys’ school. We have had a curriculum specifically tailored for the boys in our care for all 363 years. Our work has been consistent and reliable.
Roxbury Latin has a number of distinguishing characteristics. This is a school where academic achievement is lauded, character development is prioritized, and a deliberately small group aids in the development of remarkably lasting relationships among the boys and between boys and teachers. None of Roxbury Latin’s peculiar features, however, contributes more strongly to the life of our school than our boys’ backgrounds and personalities.
Roxbury Latin sought and encouraged a student body that was strikingly representative of Greater Boston’s diverse population long before other schools determined that their reputation relied on showing any semblance of “diversity.” We accept students regardless of their financial capacity to pay, and we provide whatever financial assistance is needed for a family to send their son here. We also effectively expanded our financial assistance to include all complementary aspects of the school program – sports, outings, therapy, and so on – over the last few years. Much of this is rare in the world of independent schools, and we can never take this help and accessibility for granted. It results in a strikingly democratic student body in which boys are judged and praised for their skills, character, contributions to the School’s life, and vivid, eclectic personalities.

2020 admission kickoff: school mission & program

The Roxbury Latin School is a private boys’ day school established in 1645 by the Rev. John Eliot under a charter granted by King Charles I of England in the town of Roxbury (now a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts). It bills itself as North America’s “oldest independent school in continuous existence.”
The school, which has been located at 101 St. Theresa Avenue in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood since 1927, now serves approximately 300 boys in grades seven through twelve. The school was created by Eliot “to prepare [students] for public service both in church and in commonwealth in succeeding ages,” and one of the school’s primary goals is to instill a willingness to perform public service.
The school’s endowment is projected to be $189 million, making it the highest among American boys’ day schools. The school follows a need-blind admissions scheme, accepting boys regardless of their families’ willingness to pay the full tuition.
F. Washington Jarvis, the school’s previous headmaster, retired in the summer of 2004 after a 30-year career. He wrote two books about Roxbury Latin: a history of the school and a compilation of his speeches to Roxbury Latin boys (With Love and Prayers). Cotton Mather used the term Schola Illustris to describe the former, Schola Illustris, after John Eliot’s death in 1690. Richard Walden Hale published Tercentenary History of the Roxbury Latin School in 1946, in addition to those books.

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The first move we took inside the school grounds showed Roxbury Latin to be one of America’s finest secondary schools. The 300 boys at Roxbury, a selective school for some of America’s brightest young minds, have an enviable esprit de corps. Boys learn to the highest possible level in a diverse learning atmosphere that inspires interest and enthusiastic participation. It’s a vibrant multicultural culture where every child, regardless of his background, is expected to give his all in all he does. Each student is encouraged to achieve his or her full potential at school.
Roxbury Latin School was established in 1645, 143 years before the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia. It is a remarkable school; all you have to do is look at its academic achievements and the relationships that exist between staff and students to see what makes it so special. The average class size is 10 to 14, and all of the classes are held around a huge oval table known as the Harkness Table. This program equalizes the playing field between students and teachers and allows students to openly share their views.

Opening of fall term hall 2020

In 1672, The Roxbury Latin School was given an exceptional gift: a bequest of 151 acres of land, the proceeds of which would ensure the long-term viability of “the little nursery.” Thomas Bell, the donor, had been a long-time supporter of John Eliot’s school and saw his will as an opportunity to show his appreciation, express his respect, and further the school’s worthy mission. Bell’s bequest had a straightforward aim: the Thomas Bell Society recognizes alumni and friends of Roxbury Latin whose gifts have as their goal the broadest vision and intent for the school: the endowment in perpetuity of a distinctive and vital school.