The Boston Latin School
is a public exam school
founded on April 23, 1635, in Boston
, making it the oldest public school
. The Public Latin School was a bastion for educating the sons of the Boston Brahmin
elite, enabling the school to claim many influential Bostonians as alumni. Its curriculum follows that of the 18th century
Latin-school movement, which holds the Classics
to be the basis of an educated mind. Four years of Latin are mandatory for all pupils that enter the school in 7th grade, three years for those who enter in 9th. In 2007 the school was named one of the top twenty high-schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report
. The school was modeled after Boston Grammar School
in Lincolnshire, UK, from where many of Boston's original settlers derived. Current students assert with pride that Harvard College
, founded a year later in 1636
, was created for Boston Latin's first graduates. Whether or not that is true, Boston Latin had been a top feeder school for Harvard, and has consistently sent large numbers of students to Harvard, recently averaging about twenty-five students per year. More than 99% of Boston Latin's approximately 300 annual graduates are accepted by at least one four-year college.
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