At Boys’ Latin, you will discover that nothing is more important to us than shaping a boy's character. Our mission and values are woven into everything we do and all aspects of School life. Our goal is for each boy to become a responsible, grounded and moral citizen. We invite you to watch a short video on character education told by Boys' Latin students — because the words of our students say it all.
In the lower school, boys are taught to identify and practice values. Each grade takes on a value at the beginning of the year—integrity, compassion, teamwork, respect, etc.—which is then woven throughout the curriculum and activities outside the classroom. The culmination of character education in the lower school comes in fifth grade. Fifth graders, who focus on the School’s motto, Esse Quam Videri—To Be Rather Than To Seem, ask themselves big questions like, Who is your authentic self? What are your beliefs? Knowing yourself is a lifelong pursuit. On Lake Avenue, boys start in kindergarten.
The middle school years can be a particularly challenging time for boys, but we have found that this provides incredible opportunities for growth. During dedicated middle school advisory time, teachers work closely with students to tackle difficult subjects in a caring manner, engaging in lessons focused on social and emotional learning. These workshops focus on several topics, such as mindsets and goals, values and relationships, coping skills and friendship and peer conflict.
In the upper school, we purposefully keep our values in the forefront of all that we do, and students are challenged to think beyond themselves. Through freshman advisory sessions and the sophomore seminar program, boys explore topics such as leadership skills, wellness and building community in a free-flowing exchange of ideas. Juniors and seniors participate in reflective retreats designed to deepen connections and build empathy. And boys have the opportunity to exercise their values as leaders, such as the student Honor Board and the student-created Senior Counsel, whose purpose is to support underclassmen in navigating life in the upper school.