Headmaster - Boston Latin Academy

Boston, Massachusetts
Salary and benefits in accordance with BPS salary scale
Feb 20, 2018
Job Category
Administrator, Principal
Grade Level
High School
Job Type

About Boston Latin Academy

Boston Latin Academy (BLA) is one of three prestigious exam schools in the Boston Public Schools. The school has a 140-year history of academic excellence with an outstanding college placement rate - over 98 percent. Our students come from all Boston neighborhoods to attend classes with a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum. More than 40 percent of students are eligible for the federal free or reduced lunch program. The student body of 1800 students in grades 7 through 12 reflect the economic, linguistic and racial diversity of the City of Boston. BLA is a vibrant, diverse, academically challenging school where students can explore and pursue a variety of interests, from football to roman classics.

Our Next Leader

Boston Latin Academy seeks a proven visionary leader willing to make a long-term commitment who can embrace and enhance the warm, supportive, respectful culture of our building while supporting faculty to facilitate a rigorous, relevant college-preparatory curriculum, and extracurricular programs for our students. Our future leader will work with all of our diverse community stakeholders to establish a compelling vision for our school that enables students to grow from middle school onwards into active, engaged participants who are learning from and contributing to the life and work of our great city. We seek a leader who can appreciate the strengths of our institution and our rich history but push us to grow and adapt to the needs of our changing times; who can listen; who can connect with and inspire students, staff, parents and community partners. Our next leader also needs to have proven abilities overseeing a diverse team to manage the operations of a large, complex, urban educational institution.


BLA’s Core Values and Beliefs

The Boston Latin Academy students, parents, faculty, and staff share a vision and commitment to excellence. Our curriculum, is rooted in the study of the classics, the liberal arts, and the fine arts, with a selection of other critical courses to ensure that all students are well prepared for success in college and in life. We have a very active alumni association, a supportive parents association and a 501(c)3 fundraising entity.

Our goal is to sustain an environment where students can think critically - to question, to read, to empathize, to self-assess, and to make choices based on sound, ethical principles. We believe that this can be best accomplished within a disciplined, caring, and supportive school environment. In addition to our emphasis on academics, we offer a broad spectrum of support services that provide academic, socio-emotional and psychological support to all our students.

We believe:

  • Teachers must collaborate effectively to engage students in meaningful learning experiences.
  • Students must be responsible and respectful to each other and to the larger community, as well as be actively engaged in building a safe, caring, and inclusive community.
  • Students must be given opportunities for leadership and decision-making to become informed participants in a democratic society.
  • Students must analyze and synthesize content in order to access higher level thinking skills, using a variety of media, in preparation for global competition.

Our Curriculum

Our classical and liberal arts education allows students to become successful participants in a diverse and challenging society.  Students entering in 7th grade take four years of Latin; those entering in 9th grade complete three years. In history and humanity courses, students tackle challenging, real world issues. Our new science labs allow students to gain hands-on knowledge of theory and practice. In addition to Latin, students can choose from Spanish, Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, French, and Japanese.  Students in upper grades can choose from a range of Advanced Placement courses.


For a detailed description of the School Leader’s role and responsibilities, please see the district-wide school leadership job posting, linked here.



In addition to the qualities identified above, the successful candidate must meet the following minimum required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Possession of a valid Massachusetts School Principal License or proof of successful completion of MA-PAL
  • Three years teaching experience and three years successful administrative experience
  • Current authorization to work in the United States – candidates must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment

For additional required and preferred qualifications and detailed information regarding responsibilities, please review the District-Wide leadership posting linked in the “How to Apply” section, below.

How to Apply

Applicants for the Headmaster position at Boston Latin Academy should submit an application to become a school leader via the district-wide Boston Public Schools posting, accessible here. In the application, be sure to:

  1. Indicate in your cover letter that you are specifically interested in the position at Boston Latin Academy, and
  2. In response to the prompt: “Please describe how you learned about this position,” indicate that you are responding to a Boston Latin Academy ad, and interested in the Headmaster position at Boston Latin Academy.

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