Latest Update of Boston Latin Admission Requirements

Dear ASC Parent/student,

As I’m sure all of you are aware of by now, Boston Latin High School and the other Boston exam schools discontinued using the ISEE exam to evaluate applicants for admission.  The Superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius announced that the Boston Public Schools would choose a new exam to administer by the summer.

Recently the Dr. Cassellius updated information on the new exam on the BPS website ( and announced that they did not receive any test proposals. The school system then extended the deadline to May 15th.  There is no information on whether the school committee received any test proposals.

The fact is that there are very few companies that create both high school and college standardized exams.  It is not surprising that BPS did not receive any test proposals.  The two major high school exams are the ISEE and the SSAT.  At ASC, we expect that BPS will eventually choose the SSAT and announce it late summer – perhaps around August.

In the meantime, please know that at ASC, we are prepared to help your student be prepared for whatever exam the BPS chooses to administer.  Our professional curriculum development team has been preparing for this since we first heard about the change.

For our Summer A+ Program, we are ready to help your child excel on the exam when it is finally announced.  We know that the BPS has focused on the English language and Mathematics curriculum standards and any student who is excellent in those grade specific skills will be ready for the test.  We also know that standardized exam test taking skills are critical for success on this exam as well.  Our summer classes will improve your students’ English and math skills and their standardized test skills. We will also improve your child’s skills on scoring high on the SSAT.  Not only will this be useful to your child for the Boston Latin exam but it will also give them an early head start on scoring high on the SAT in high school.

AS is committed to your child’s excellent and we are carefully following the guidance the Boston Public Schools is giving to education professionals.  We will keep you up to date and we are confident you’re your student will be successful scoring high after attending ASC’s Boston Exam School preparation classes.

Carl Nelson
ASC A+ Program.