In Philadelphia, an boys’ charter high school that will require Latin has inspired 80 percent of incoming ninth graders to take voluntary summer classes, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
All the students are black, though founder David Hardy says he’ll try to recruit a more diverse student body next year.
Boys’ Latin is modeled after the rigorous Boston Latin School, says Hardy.
Students came from a variety of public and private schools and other charters, Hardy said. He said they and their families were attracted by the promise of academic rigor, the sports and after-school programs, and the boys-only setting.
. . . The school requires Latin because it boosts vocabulary and English skills, makes learning other languages easier, and can help open doors.
I met Hardy in 2006 when I was in Philadelphia doing a reading of Our School, which is about a mostly Hispanic charter high school. He’d been turned down for a charter because he wanted to focus on boys only, but he said he would keep trying. And he did.