Welcome to Boys' Latin


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The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland instills the core values of courage, integrity and compassion in each boy as embodied in our motto, Esse Quam Videri – To Be, Rather Than To Seem.  By understanding how boys learn best, our talented faculty fosters enduring personal relationships and empowers each student to strive for academic and personal excellence.


Founded in 1844 by Dr. Evert Marsh Topping, a Princeton classics professor, Boys’ Latin is the oldest independent, nonsectarian college preparatory school for boys in Maryland.  Boys’ Latin is committed to being a small school, serving boys in grades K – 12.  Each student is uniquely known and cherished for who he is and is encouraged to grow to be his best, authentic self.  Boys’ Latin inspires the best in every boy.


Boys’ Latin offers a rich and rigorous academic and co-curricular program that prepares young men for the opportunities of the 21st century. The School welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and educates them in a supportive, student-centered environment. Trained in the best practices in boys' education, faculty members craft innovative programs that reflect their expertise in how boys learn and provide students with unparalleled opportunities to stretch and grow.  A low student-teacher ratio challenges each student to reach his maximum potential while encouraging him to mature with an increasing sense of self-worth and an awareness of his responsibilities toward himself and his local and global community. 



Boys’ Latin enrolls 600 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school has grown drastically from the first classroom that Evert Marsh Topping rented in downtown Baltimore in 1844. Today, the Boys’ Latin campus in Roland Park includes academic buildings for the upper, middle and lower schools, in addition to state-of-the-art athletic facilities. 

Beyond the buildings, Boys’ Latin is a program, a curriculum of academics, athletics and activities designed to prepare our students, not just for college, but for life. From kindergarten to twelfth grade, we nurture our young men, teaching them how to think for themselves, be accountable for their actions and be responsible for their learning. The concepts of self-reliance, responsibility and accountability are reinforced in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in the arts. The small class sizes foster strong relationships between faculty and students, and enable thoughtful discourse and intellectual rigor.

At Boys’ Latin, our diverse community of learners and educators includes the youngest student, the oldest alumnus, the parents who supports our mission and the teachers and administrators who make it happen. At BL, boys become lifelong learners and they develop friendships that last a lifetime. As alumni, they lead successful careers and stay connected to their school, returning for annual events to reconnect with classmates, showing up at athletic competitions to cheer the Lakers and showing their support in their generous donations to the annual fund and capital campaigns.


"As Boys’ Latin parents for the past 9 years, in addition to enjoying the marvelous physical facilities, we have had the pleasure of experiencing the intangible, if not priceless qualities of a nurturing environment, heartfelt friendship, respect, and academic excellence that our son has received since he began kindergarten.  We believe Boys’ Latin School is an environment in which boys can mature into productive, well-rounded young men."
Barb Miller, Mother of Seth Miller, Class of 2015

Independent Day School for Boys Grades K-12

822 West Lake Avenue, Baltimore MD 21210  |   ph: 410.377.5192  |   f: 410.377.4312
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