Boys and Learning

Boys’ Latin was founded on a principle that boys learn best when their unique interests and talents are taken into account. To really know boys is to know how they think – that they respond best to experiential, hands-on learning that appeals to the different senses, involving action and movement.  We understand that boys need to know why something is important and what significance it has for them.  Boys are motivated by the belief that their efforts will produce a positive, tangible outcome, and it is this intrinsic motivation that makes the difference.  It is within a nurturing environment where each boy is uniquely cherished and loved that this is best achieved.

 

Guided by more than 170 years of experience, modern cognitive research and a school-wide commitment to excellence, our approach is to continually improve our educational experience for the boys. With professional training, curricula development and meaningful assessments, the School’s administration and faculty work closely to raise and refine our educational processes and standards.

For further reading about boys and learning, we recommend the following:
     The Essential Difference, Simon Baron-Cohen
     Teaching the Male Brain, Abigail Norfleet James
     Boys of Few Words, Adam Cox
     Why Gender Matters, Leonard Sax
     The Minds of Boys, Michael Gurian
     Raising Cain, Michael Thompson
     Boys Adrift,
Leonard Sachs

Some ask, "Why a Boys’ School in the 21st Century?"
As a part of The International Boys' School Coalition (IBSC), we note that boys’ schools provide:
A stimulating and safe learning environment that
- encourages full participation by boys in all activities (arts, athletics, community service).
- promotes self-expression and a respect for the many different talents and interests.
- provides an atmosphere in which to explore sensitive gender and sex-related issues.

Educational programs tailored to meet the developmental needs of boys where
- boys can gain confidence in their ability to learn without being compared to girls who mature more quickly.
- books and curricular materials that interest boys can be integrated into all aspects of the school’s program.
- boys have opportunities to be taught and coached by faculty members who have been hired because they want to work with boys.
- boys can grow at their own pace and learn to be men of character and values, protected from society’s pressure to get involved with girls before they are ready.

An environment free of cross-gender distractions in which
- boys need not waste energy posturing or trying to live up to the gender stereotypes so prevalent in the media and society at large.
- focus on academic tasks and achievement in extra-curricular activities can be paramount.
- frank and direct communication foster development and growth.

A setting in which boys develop strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie with peers and teachers so that
- the impact of positive male role models can have its fullest effect.
- a distinctive esprit de corps enriches the lives of boys. 

 




I have two boys with completely different personalities, interests and learning styles.  Boys' Latin has been a perfect fit for both of my children.  That's why we love BL and why both of my boys have been here since kindergarten.  Because of the small class size and teacher/student ratio, the teachers know each child extremely well and know what will help each of the boys reach their full potential.  My artist/musician and my athlete both feel that they are not only challenged academically, but their creative and athletic needs are met as well.  There is no specific "type" of boy at Boys' Latin.  Both of my boys are seen as individuals, both thrive and both love BL.
Sherri L. Snyder, Mother of Noah ('16) and Jared ('15)



Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Albert Einstein

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Edward Everett

Independent Day School for Boys Grades K-12

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