Teacher Letter of Recommendation

  • What is a Teacher's Letter of Recommendation?

    The Teacher Letter of Recommendation is an appraisal of your academic performance and intellectual promise in a subject area. It conveys the teacher's classroom experience with you and may describe your extra-curricular pursuits in relation to that subject.

    • Your classroom performance is a strong indicator of your future academic performance in college.
    • Therefore, ideally your teacher letter will focus on your classroom capabilities. Ask teachers who can write a strong letter of recommendation.
    • This is in contrast to your Counselor Letter of Recommendation which is a more holistic picture of you.

    Tip #1:

    • The teacher letter is usually written by a junior year instructor in one of your core subjects, unless you are applying to a course of study not included in one of these subjects.
    • It is advisable that you approach at least two teachers in May of your junior year to inquire about the possibility of writing a letter for you.

    Tip #2:

    Share your completed Boca High Academic Organizer with the teacher you are requesting a letter from.

    Tip #3:

    Make sure you request your letter of recommendation at least one month before you need it.


  • Do I need a teacher recommendation letter?

  • Which teacher(s) should I ask?

  • How should I ask my teacher(s)?

  • Who sends the letters of recommendation?

  • How do I know if my teacher recommendation letter has been sent or received by my colleges?

  • What is FERPA and why should I waive it?