Academics

Upper School

DISTINCTIVE TALENTS, BOUNDLESS POSSIBILITIES

Upper school is where BL students come into their own, recognizing their capabilities and the direction they want to pursue in college and in life.

FROM THE HEAD OF THE UPPER SCHOOL

The experience for boys in the upper school is a transformative one, not only for the enduring personal relationships they form with their classmates and teachers, but also because of the boundless opportunities we work hard to provide for exploring a wide range of academic and extracurricular interests.
Having crossed the bridge to the north campus and the upper school, our freshmen know they've entered a new level of the BL experience - one that not only requires more from them, but also rewards them with more independence. By they time they're upperclassmen, they enjoy a high degree of flexibility in choosing their classes and electives as well as their extracurricular activities.

All of our students are encouraged, dare say, expected to pursue all that they love, ultimately their own expression of true excellence, in ways that speak to them personally. It's just one of the reasons that make this school such an exceptional place.

Brian Mitchell, Head of the Upper School

PEDAGOGY AND CURRICULUM

Not only is today's college admissions more competitive than ever, our boys face a future that demands great competencies, leadership and compassion. 
Our approach to upper school education is multifaceted, at once collaborative, creative and rigorous. We offer more than 42 honors and AP courses in all disciplines. Our school also leads a national sample of prestigious independent schools on key measures tied to student academic self-confidence, well-being, peer culture, and faculty support.

In all that we do, we emphasize the opportunities presented to each individual student. With classes averaging 14 students and a student-faculty ratio of 7:1, we get to know all 300 upper schoolers who collectively represent an incredibly rich diversity of skills, talents, and interests. Each student is taught to think critically, push his creativity, and demonstrate good character in preparing him for life and leadership within a dynamic, ever-changing world.

OUR PROGRAMS (click to view details)

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  • Mathematics

    The mathematics program strives to provide each student with the opportunity to reach his own level of excellence. Learning proceeds from concrete levels to symbolic and abstract levels, developing all varieties of computational skills. Our goal is to facilitate mathematical literacy at all levels - from basic problem solving and standardized test skills to abstract reasoning performed at a post-secondary level. Students apply mathematical concepts in other academic areas and appreciate the purpose and power of the world's most precise natural science.

    Mathematics Courses and Electives: Algebra I; Geometry; Honors Geometry/Trigonometry; Algebra II/Trigonometry; Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry; College Algebra; Precalculus; Honors Precalculus; Honors Applied Calculus; AP Calculus; AP Statistics & Probability; Multivariate Calculus; Honors Differential Equations and Linear Algebra.
  • Science

    While instilling and nurturing a scientific curiosity about the world around them, the BL science curriculum prepares our students for a future where continuing advances in a wide range of science disciplines can help solve a host of societal, environmental and technological challenges. Our students become experts in scientific study, prepared to succeed in college-level courses. From measuring and exploring to developing and testing hypotheses, our students know how to pursue scientifically-sound analysis and conclusions.

    Science Courses: Biology 9; Honors Biology 9; Chemistry 10; Honors Chemistry 10; Physics 11-12; Honors Physics 11-12.

    Science Electives for Juniors and Seniors: AP Biology; AP Chemistry; AP Physics; Environmental Science; AP Environmental Science; Honors Engineering; Honors Forensic Science.
  • English

    The upper school English department carefully structures a curriculum that's assessed each year with clear goals in mind. Every BL student will have a confident command of personal expression, critical thinking and literary analysis through a mastery of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Every BL student will have an appreciation, if not a love, for literature, journalism and other genre that's wide and varied, inclusive of classical texts, contemporary writing and digital media from around the world.

    English Courses: English 9; Honors English 9; English 10; Honors English 10; AP English Literature and Composition 11.

    English Electives for Juniors and Seniors: African-American Literature; Honors African-American Literature; American Literature; Honors American Literature; Honors Contemporary Literature; Contemporary Non-Fiction; Creative Writing; Honors Creative Writing; Genre Studies; Inkwell Newspaper Journalism;  Literary Journalism; Modern American Theater; Poetry, Short Story; Writing Process; Honors Writing Process; War Words; World Literature; Honors World Literature.
  • History

    Through history courses in the upper school, humanity's global interrelationship is examined on sociological, political, economic, historic, and geographic scales. Our curriculum strives to produce in each student an understanding and appreciation for the past and a tolerance and acceptance of divergent ideals, beliefs, and opinions in forming responsible, well-rounded citizens. Throughout, the development of effective communications skills in and out of the classroom is emphasized. Research, critical thinking, and creativity are deemed to be of equal importance.

    History Courses: World Cultures 9, Honors World Cultures 9, European History 10, Honors European History 10, AP European History 10-12; U.S. History 11; Honors U.S. History 11; AP U.S. History 10-12; AP World History 12.

    History Electives for Juniors and Seniors: Honors African American History; Honors American Government; Economics, Honors Religions of the West; Honors World Religions; Honors U.S. History 1945 to Present; U.S. Military History; Museum Curatorship; Economics (seniors only); Psychology.
  • World Languages

    Our course offerings in modern and classical languages teach both linguistic development as well as an appreciation for and understanding of the culture and civilization these languages are rooted in. Boys' Latin students are expected to complete three consecutive years of world language study while in the upper school.

    World Language Courses and Electives: French I, II, III; Honors French III; Honors French IV; Honors French V; Latin I, II, III; Honors Latin II; Honors Latin III, Honors Latin IV; Honors Latin V; Spanish I, II, III, Applied Spanish, Honors Spanish II, Honors Spanish III; Honors Spanish IV; AP Spanish.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Community OutREACH is guided by the principles of reflection, empathy, altruism, citizenship and humanity. Through guidance and personal reflection, BL's Community OutREACH program allows upper school students to envision a path that embodies their individual values, motivates and inspires others and empowers them to serve as compassionate stewards for their community and the world through 60 hours or more of service.
The Community OutREACH  program has five key components:

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  • 1. Student Proposal Form

    When the student decides on a partner organization, he will be required to submit an online proposal prior to working with and accumulating hours with an organization. Click here to see a growing list of approved organizations. Once the proposal has been approved, hours may begin to be accumulated. Any hours accumulated without an approved proposal and served prior to January 1 of freshman year will not count toward the graduation requirement for the student.
  • 2. Community OutREACH Tracking Log

    After Janurary 1st of freshman year, students can begin to accrue hours with their selected organization. Each day that hours are served with the selected organization, those hours will be electronically submitted.
  • 3. Student Reflection Form

    After the required 40 hours of Community OutREACH have been successfully logged, the student must electronically submit a self-reflection form that details concrete skills he has learned from his experience with the organization.
  • 4. Organization Feedback Form

    Each organization supervisor will electronically submit the "Organization Feedback Survey" regarding the student's skills and work ethic during his hours of service.
  • 5. BL Sponsored Events Tracking Log

    An additional 20 hours of Boys' Latin community-sponsored events (BL sports team volunteer opportunities, clubs, charity walks, etc.) are required to be served prior to graduation. All community-sponsored service events are to be turned in no later than January 1 of the student's senior year. A list of approved BL sponsored events are located in the onCampus Community OutREACH group. Students must electronically submit a form after each event.

CO-CURRICULAR OVERVIEW

At Boys' Latin, we embrace the full range of boys enrolled in our school.
Scholars, artists, musicians, athletes, and any combination thereof find it, not only safe to explore and cultivate their interests, talents and skills, but encouraged by teachers and peers alike to do so. We make a concerted effort to offer a wide range of co-curricular activities and programs so students can test their skills, learn new perspectives, explore new communities and gain confidence to lead.

The upper school co-curricular activities and programs are:

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  • BL Film Society

  • Book Club

  • Chess Club

  • Common Ground

  • Cooking Club

  • Cybersecurity

  • Debate

  • Digital Media

  • Diversity Club

  • Economics Club

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

  • Gamers United

  • IBLS Web Radio

  • The Inkwell Student Newspaper

  • International Exchange

  • It's Academic

  • Jewish Awareness

  • Laker Buddies

  • Laker Corps

  • The Maroon and White Yearbook

  • Math Counts

  • Meditation

  • Mensa

  • Mock Trial

  • Model UN

  • National Honor Society

  • One Laker | One Love

  • Photography

  • Robotics Club

  • Spirit Club

  • Walking Club

  • Young Republicans

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES

We are committed to providing a challenging college-preparatory academic program that includes the appropriate supports for each of our upper schoolers to become master students and lifelong learners.
ESS in the upper school takes many forms, including academic screenings; one-on-one assistance; in-class support; study-skill workshops; and parent meetings. Students can receive these services through self-referrals or recommendation by an advisor, teacher or parent.

Sinclair Hall's Patrick Radebaugh Learning Center, which is adjacent to the upper school library, is open to upper school students during study hall and open periods to get academic assistance from a learning specialist.

Our upper school ESS office also coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities. This includes facilitating the eligibility process for students interested in applying for the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (CB/SSD).

For more information on upper school educational support services, contact Sara Rosiak, the Director of Educational Support Services and Upper School Learning Specialist: srosiak@boyslatinmd.com; 410-377-5192 ext. 1120.

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  • Joseph Bailey

    Upper School Mathematics, Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach
    B.A., Wofford College
    M.S., Western Kentucky University
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  • Alex Barron

    Upper School English
    B.A., Kenyon College
    M.A.T., Brown University
    M.A., Middlebury College
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  • Veronica Berkstresser

    Upper School Science
    B.A., Denison University
    M.Ed., Notre Dame of Maryland University
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  • Michael Black

    Upper School Science
    Wentworth Institute of Technology, BS Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Anna Maria College, MBA Strategies and Leadership
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  • Theresa Burke

    Upper School Latin
    BA, Franklin & Marshall College
    MA, University of Colorado at Boulder
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  • Carmen Clark

    World Language Department Chair, Upper School Spanish
    B.S., Universidad Externado de Colombia
    M.S., Towson University
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  • Sheri Cobb

    Upper School Science
    B.A., Goucher College
    M.S., The Johns Hopkins University
    M.A.T., The Johns Hopkins University
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  • Beau Dagenais

    Upper School English, Twelfth Grade Dean
    B.A., College of the Holy Cross
    M.A., St. John's College
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  • Amy Quinn Digges

    Upper School Art
    B.A., Psychology - University of Georgia
    B.A., Art and Design - Towson University
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  • Stephanie Fenstermaker

    Upper School English, Tenth Grade Dean
    B.A., Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College
    M.Ed., Duquesne University
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  • Marcia Flaherty

    Upper School English
    B.A., Boston College
    M.A.T., Simmons College
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  • William H. Freeman III

    Upper School Science
    B.A., University of Delaware
    M.A., Johns Hopkins University
    M.A., Northwestern University
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  • Al Freihofer

    Upper School English
    B.A., Dartmouth College
    M.B.A., The Tuck School of Business
    M.A.T., Bennington College
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  • Margaret Ann Gazin

    English Department Chair, Upper School English
    B.A., Trinity College
    M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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  • Andres Gonzalez-Stewart

    Upper School Spanish, Upper School Chinese (Mandarin)
    BA, Middlebury College, Environmental Economics
    MA, Middlebury College, Spanish
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  • Jeffrey Hindes

    Science Department Chair, Upper School Science, Varsity Cross Country Coach
    B.A., Franklin and Marshall College
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  • Rob Howard

    Upper School Dean of Students
    B.A., University of Delaware
    M.A., DePaul University 
    M.S. Ed, University of Pennsylvania
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  • Terry A. Howell

    Middle School & Upper School French
    B.A., Morgan State University
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  • Lee McC. Kennedy '73

    Upper School History
    B.A., Washington and Lee University
    M.A., Loyola University Maryland
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  • Frederick C. Maisel III H '09

    Upper School History
    B.S., Towson University
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  • Janet Maisel

    Library Assistant for Lower, Middle and Upper Schools
    B.S., University of Maryland, College Park
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  • Teresa Malinowski

    Upper School Administrative Assistant
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  • Albert McDonald

    Upper School History, Ninth Grade Dean
    B.A., Goucher College
    G.C., The Johns Hopkins University
    M.S., The Johns Hopkins University
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  • Meghan McGeehan

    Upper School Spanish
    B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
    B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
    M.A., Middlebury College
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  • Brian W. Mitchell

    Head of Upper School
    B.A., Colby College
    M.A., Columbia University
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  • Gina Molling

    Upper School Theater Arts, Upper & Middle School Speech
    B.S., Towson University
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  • James Morrissey

    Upper School Mathematics
    B.A., University of Washington
    M.S., Johns Hopkins University
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  • Margaret Mullally

    Mathematics Department Chair, Upper School Mathematics
    B.A., Middlebury College
    M.A., Towson University
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  • Adam Osborn

    History Department Chair, Upper School History
    B.A., Kenyon College
    M.A., College of William & Mary
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  • Matthew Pisarcik

    Lower & Middle School Band, Upper School Music
    B.M., University of Delaware
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  • Katie Reid

    Director of Digital Media, Middle School & Upper School
    B.A., Concordia University
    M.F.A., University of Baltimore (in progress)
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  • Lisa Reid

    Upper School Mathematics
    B.S., Loyola University Maryland
    M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
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  • Claire Ricci

    Upper School Librarian
    B.A., Washington College
    M.S., Towson University
    M.A., University of Notre Dame of Maryland
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  • Stephen Roche

    Upper School Learning Center
    B.S., Frostburg University
    M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
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  • Diane P. Rodriguez

    Upper School Science
    A.A., Community College of Baltimore County
    B.S., Towson University
    M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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  • Sara Rosiak

    Director of Educational Support Services, Upper School Learning Specialist
    B.A., University of Richmond
    M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
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  • Ritchie Schell

    Upper School Economics, Physical Education
    B.A., Johns Hopkins University
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  • John Sergeant

    Upper School Mathematics & Wrestling Coach
    B.A., Goucher College
    M.Ed., Goucher College
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  • Nick Shepherd '12

    Upper School History, Assistant Basketball & Lacrosse Coach
    B.A., Dickinson College
    M.S., Johns Hopkins University (in progress)
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  • Derrick Thomas

    Upper School Technology Coordinator
    Diploma in Computer Science, College of Arts, Science and Technology, Jamaica
    B.S., University of Technology, Jamaica
    B.S., University of Maryland
    Masters of Education, University of Maryland, 2016
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  • Kristen Tubman

    Upper School Spanish, Coordinator of Global and Community Programs
    B.A., College of the Atlantic
    M.A., Universidad de Granada
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  • Sam Voso

    Upper School English
    B.A., Towson University
    M.A.T., Towson University
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  • Matthew Welch

    Upper School History
    B.A., Providence College
    M.A., Johns Hopkins University
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  • Eric Whitehair

    Upper School History
    B.A., McDaniel College
    M.A., Johns Hopkins University
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  • Richard T. Zielaskiewicz

    Upper School Mathematics
    B.A., Pitzer College
    School for International Training, Cairns, Australia
    M.S., Towson University
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