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DeSean Jackson attended a screening of DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream and spoke with students directly following the film. DeSean Jackson, who has built a career on creating highlights, has lived much of his life in front of a camera. The by-product is a new documentary, DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father’s Dream, compiled from thousands of hours of footage taken by his brother, Byron Jackson, since Jackson was a child. It is a story of his rise to fame from Pop Warner to Pro Bowl and tells the rocky journey of a family to stay together through it all, despite their differences, and in the face of mounting pressure from outside influences. It is a family story, wrapped in the fanfare of an NFL dream. The sentiment “it takes a Village to catch a break” is woven throughout-a sentiment that rings true with the Boys’ Latin community.

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David Hardy, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Noah Tennant, Principal

The School:

Public charter school for boys, founded in 2007 and located in West Philadelphia.


500 students in grades 9-12

Class of 2013: 84

Students come from all areas of Philadelphia

Approximately 78% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch

Total Faculty: 34

Faculty/Student Ratio: 14.7:1

Calendar: Trimester

Extended school day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Bi-monthly Saturday school

Distinctive Programs:

Four-week summer academy for entering freshmen

All students required to study Latin for four years

All students in grades 10-12 receive laptop computers

Afterschool program named “Best in Region” by Philadelphia magazine in 2009

First public school crew team in Philadelphia

College Preparatory:

96% of the members of the Class of 2011 and 99% of the members of the Class of 2012 were admitted to colleges.

College Admission and Matriculation (Classes of 2011-2012). Members of the Classes of 2011 and 2012 were admitted to the following colleges.

Albright College


Allegany College of MD

Allegheny College

American International

Arcadia University

Art Institute of New York

Art Inst. of Philadelphia

Art Inst. of Pittsburgh

Assumption College

Bates College

Becker College

Benedict College

Bloomfield College

Bloomsburg University

Boston University

Bowdoin College

University of Bridgeport

California Univ. of PA

Carleton College

Cheyney University

Clarion University

Clark Atlanta Univ.

Colgate University

Colby-Sawyer College

Columbia College

Comm. Coll. of Phila.

Daemen College

Delaware Cty Comm. Coll.

Delaware State Univ.

Delaware Valley College

University of Delaware

Denison University

Dowling College

Drew University

East Stroudsburg Univ.

Embry-Riddle Univ.

Gannon University

Goucher College

Hampton University

Harris Stowe State Univ

Harrisburg Univ. of Science and Technology

University of Hartford

Hood College

Howard University

Immaculata University

Indiana Univ. of PA

Juniata College

University of Kentucky

Keystone College

Kutztown University

La Salle University

Lane College

Lebanon Valley College

Lincoln University

Lock Haven University

Long Island University

Lycoming College

Lyndon State College

Lynn University

Mansfield University



MA College of Liberal Arts

McDaniel College

University of Miami

Miami Univ. of Ohio

Miles College

Millersville University

Misericordia University

Montgomery Cty CC.

Morgan State Univ.

Mountain State Univ.

Neumann University

Univ. of New England

Univ. of New Hampshire

Univ. of New Haven

Northampton CC

Ohio Valley University

Ohio Wesleyan Univ.

Peirce College

PA College of Technology

PSU, Abington

PSU, Altoona

PSU, Berks

PSU, Greater Allegheny

PSU, Hazleton

PSU, Schuylkill

PSU, Wilkes-Barre

Pikeville College

University of Pittsburgh

Point Park University

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

Robert Morris Univ. Rosemont College

Saint Augustine’s College

Saint Leo University

Sarah Lawrence College

Seton Hall University

Seton Hill University

Shippensburg Univ.

Slippery Rock Univ.

Southern NH University

St. John’s University

Stevenson University

Susquehanna Univ.


Temple University

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Towson University

Tufts University

Ursinus College

Valley Forge Military Coll.

Villanova University

Virginia Union Univ.

Wagner College

Wesley College

West Chester Univ.

Western New England

Wheaton College

Widener University

William Paterson Univ.

William Penn Univ.

Wilkes University

Wilmington College

Wilmington University

Wittenberg University

Worcester Polytechnic

York College of PA

Website: http://www.boyslatin.org