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 Heads 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.

Take, for example, Trey, who's a junior this year. With a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, he's an ideal STEM student. In addition to taking AP Calculus BC and AP Physics, Trey is also a member of our World Championships-qualifying Robotics Team. Through our new LAUNCH Innovation track, Trey is now creating cutting-edge 3D design software. But to know Trey is to know that he's also a soloist in our school choir, spends countless hours volunteering, and has transformed from a quiet freshman to a confident young man, a leader among his peers.

The most extraordinary part of Trey's story is how ordinary it is at Boys' Latin among our upper schoolers. All 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.

Charles Franklin, Co-Head of the Upper School

Brian Mitchell, Co-Head of the Upper School

Pedagogy and Curriculum

Our approach to upper school education is multifaceted, at once collaborative, creative and rigorous.

Not only is today's college admissions more competitive than ever, our boys face a future that demands great competencies, leadership and compassion. Thus, 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.

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 electives as well as and extracurricular options in their school curriculum.

Our Programs

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; Journalism; Modern American Theater; Poetry, Short Story; Writing Process; Honors Writing Process; and War Words.


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; Honors Religions of the West; Honors Religions of East and Central Asia; Honors U.S. History 1945 to Present; U.S. Military History; 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, IV, V; Honors Spanish II, Honors Spanish III; Honors Spanish IV; Honors Spanish V; AP Spanish.


LAUNCH: Our LAUNCH program engages juniors and seniors in an academic exploration of five 21st Century priorities: leadership, innovation, compassion, expression and courage. The interdisciplinary coursework guides our young men toward a greater understanding of themselves and their ability to impact the world. This enhancement to our traditional curriculum features thematic tracks that incorporate real-world problem solving across disciplines. Each track consists of four semester-long courses, each designed to inspire students to find their own passion and voice. All LAUNCH tracks end with a culminating project where students - guided by their faculty leaders - create and execute a substantial project that empowers them to connect their Boys' Latin education with the broader community.

LAUNCH Courses: Leadership; Innovation; Courage; Expression; and Compassion.

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.

As explained in the Community OutREACH handbook, animation and infographic, the program has five key components:

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:

BL Film Society

Book Club

Chess Club

Common Ground

Cooking Club



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 Corp

The Maroon and White Yearbook

Math Counts



Mock Trial

Model UN

National Honor Society

One Laker |One Love


Robotics Club

Spirit Club

Walking Club

Young Republicans

Upper School Faculty

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.

The Boys' Latin School of Maryland is the state's oldest independent, non-sectarian all-boys school. For students in kindergarten through 12th grade, we provide a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that focuses on building 21st century skills and empowers each boy to achieve his true excellence.