Snowden International School at Copley

  • The Muriel S. Snowden International School is an International Baccalaureate World School with a demanding college preparatory curriculum and a focus on global studies. Snowden has additional graduation requirements including: four years of the same language (Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, or French), Community Action Service, a senior research paper and studies in International Relations.  Students must earn a minimum grade of a C- in order to pass each course.

    Snowden is proud to offer students the opportunity to travel and study internationally.  We believe it is essential for our young scholars to have opportunities beyond the classroom in order to expand their understanding of the world, build competitive college applications and become culturally responsive adults.

    We are also proud that Snowden students have the opportunity to enroll in the challenging International Baccalaureate diploma program in grade 11 and 12.  Students who pass all course work in this rigorous two-year program are awarded an IB diploma in addition to their Boston diploma.  IB World Schools are found in six continents; the IB diploma is recognized by over 850 colleges and universities.

    Prospective Students:

    Are you passionate about learning another language? Learning language is central to our identity. 

    Are your responsible?  We promote responsibility through our open-campus policy.  Students travel between four buildings in the Copley Square area of Boston.

    Are you enthusiastic about community service? Snowden has a service learning requirement for all graduates.  Snowden students learn about the world by making a positive impact.

    Are you interested in deep thinking, developing questions, and taking academic risks? Our culture of learning is rooted in critical thinking and asks students to take ownership of their learning.

    Are you ready to be challenged?

    Special Features:

    • International studies focus for all students
    • International baccalaureate diploma and certificate program
    • Requires four years of world language study, history, science, and math
    • Requires community service hours
    • Promotes responsibility via open campus (classes held in three buildings)
    • Promotes global learning via international travel study
    • Promotes inquiry, critical thinking, risk-taking, intercultural understanding and respect
    • Passing grade is a C- in all courses
    • Many opportunities to engage families, including two parent-teacher conferences each year
    • After school support through Calderwood Writing Center and college tutors

    School partners:

    • Freedom House, Calderwood Writing Center, Boston PIC, The Art Science Prize, Harvard Program for International Education, Old South Church, Huntington Theatre Company

School Data


  • Headmaster
    Eugene Roundtree

    150 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA 02116

    Phone: 617-635-9989
    Fax: 617-635-9996

    School Hours
    7:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

    Early dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 12:15 p.m.

    Grades: 9-12
    School Type: Regular