When school is your second home, your peers become your brothers. When you're at a school where the community is as strong as its legacy of nearly 175 years, that brotherhood lasts a lifetime.
When you've been successful in building a community where a "brothers for life" esprit de corps is so consummate, it's easy to see the results.
Ask a BL student which classmate he respects, and he won't hesitate to tell you about his buddy who's a math genius, the guy in his AP English class who's going to win the National Book Award, another one who rocked the national anthem before the league basketball championship game, or the star lacrosse player, as much for his humility as for his confidence to rip that game-winner each and every time.
He will remember to mention the senior whom he looked up to as a young Laker Buddy, never forgetting how he seemed to do everything but still took time out of his day just to check in with him.
While the results of this "brothers for life" spirit are evident in the genuine hellos everyone gets from everyone else, far less obvious is what it takes to build this uniquely Boys' Latin sense of community and connection.
We don't take it for granted that students are remarkably happy at our school as we've worked hard to put into place programs to create a school environment where boys feel at home, safe to pursue their academic curiosities, develop their talents and challenge themselves over and over again to reach new revelations about themselves, their community and their place in the world.
In fact, we know from a respected third-party review of prestigious independent schools that Boys' Latin is at the forefront of creating both a scholastic climate and school community in which a wide variety of boys can succeed. That our school's "most distinctive dimension" is both the production and effect of a culture of true excellence and a community defined by brothers for life.
With a class-size average of 14 students, a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, and a faculty superbly adept at encouraging help-seeking as a part of an authentic learning experience that's viewed as a shared endeavor between teacher and student, no student feels like he's on his own. To further ensure this, we have structured additional support so that all students feel a part of various smaller groups, whether that's based on personal needs or similar interests.