At Roxbury Latin, we emphasize character education and spiritual growth to prepare boys for life. Our principal goal is to imbue our students with a commitment to a life characterized by honesty, simplicity, respect and concern for others.

The Headmaster often addresses the student body regarding issues of character and morals, and faculty reaffirm those standards in every aspect of their relationship with students. Boys understand that honesty is expected in all dealings and that our community is based on an established culture of trust. Boys leave backpacks unattended and valuables in open lockers, knowing that their property is safe.

Our founder's guiding principle was that the thrust of a man's life should be public service, and we hope to instill a desire to live a life of noble purpose in the larger world. We encourage our students, who are broadly invested in academic, athletic, and other extracurricular pursuits, to demonstrate a generosity of spirit.
We care most of all what kind of person a boy is.
We seek to help our boys identify and address life's deepest questions and discover who they are and what they wish to accomplish. When they rise for prayers in hall, they are reminded that their lives are short, that they are called to a higher purpose, that life has meaning and is worth living.