Milton Academy

170 Centre St, Milton, MA 02186

In 1798, Milton was chartered to provide education for the families then living in the small colonial village and on farms scattered through the forested Blue Hills area. Though Milton was originally coeducational, the academy was divided into separate schools in 1901, reacting to a marked increase in the interest in separate education for young women. For many years, the Milton Academy boys' school and girls' school maintained separate faculties, facilities and student bodies; in 1973, however, the academy returned to coeducation. Boarders enroll from numerous states and foreign countries, and day students, who commute from many communities of Metropolitan Boston, are invited to participate in the full schedule of on-campus weekend activities. Although the school is bordered to the south by 6000 acres of preservation land, it is located 10 miles south of Boston, which is accessible by subway. The upper school (grades 9-12) and the K-8 school share the academy's 125-acre campus. The academic program combines demanding training with innovative approaches. Upper school students are placed at course levels and in sections according to interest and ability, rather than grade or age. The curriculum is varied, with many electives offered in all areas of study. The required one-year arts program offers creative writing, dance, drama, speech, improvisational music, studio art and photography. Students may apply for an independent study project under faculty guidance. Seniors may design five-week spring term projects with faculty approval and supervision. Activities and organizations are fully coeducational. The chamber singers have traveled to Romania, Kenya, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hawaii, and student publications, orchestra, speech team, the visual and graphic arts, and drama are prominent in school life. Milton has its own six-week exchange program for foreign study in France, Spain or China, and the academy is also an affiliate of School Year Abroad. In 1983, Milton purchased the Mountain School in Vershire Center, VT, to create a semester-long program for juniors from Milton and other member schools (see separate listing).

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 9-12; Day — Coed K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address170 Centre St, Milton, MA 02186
Telephone617-898-1798
Fax617-898-1701
Year Established1798
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorTodd Bland
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment980
Boarding Students335
Day Students645
Boys490
Girls490
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