BCLA was the recipient of the prestigious Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize in 2009. The annual $100,000 citywide competition highlights the challenging and less publicized achievements of schools that are making progress toward closing the achievement gaps for all students.
A NEASC-accredited institution as of 2008, BCLA was also recognized as a Bronze Medal winner in U.S. News and World Reports “America’s Best High Schools” in 2009, and awarded a Silver Medal in 2013-15.
In 2011, BCLA was chosen as a host school for the Boston Teacher Residency program, which pairs experienced mentor teachers with its residents for intensive year long training in Boston’s best urban classrooms. As well, BCLA was identified for inclusion in the BPS Superintendents Access to Excellence plan, a citywide effort to increase access to and enrollment at Boston’s highest-performing schools.