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Milton Academy

School rating 4.8 /5 by

170 Centre Street Milton MA 02186 United States
Boarding
9th to 12th
Day
K to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Milton Academy was a fantastic academic experience. I felt incredibly prepared for college, mostly because my critical thinking skills had been honed and tested by Milton's curriculum. The school emphasizes critical thinking, reading and writing with small/round table style classes. English class was essentially a year-long seminar with students discussing their own perspectives on the work and occasionally a grammar lesson or two interspersed in the dialogue. The freshmen year-long writer's workshop lecture class gave me all the skills I needed to succeed as a college student, and also to score well on the SATs. Milton's strenght lies primarily with its English department. Its history department is also pretty strong. There are many complaints about the science department, but I found all the teachers to be good and I found the curriculum to rigorous enough. I went on to college and majored in science and so I do not think I was hindered in any way by Milton's science classes (though I have heard complaints about the lack of AP curriculum.) The math classes I took at Milton were sufficient, but not especially challenging. I truly think that Milton prepared me incredibly well for college and beyond. It gave me a work ethic and the ability to communicate my thoughts via in class discussion, writings, and speeches.

The quality of life at Milton is quite high. Students were very happy and very engaged in academics and sports and extracurriculars. All school assemblies were usually fun with upperclassmen putting on comedy skits for the underclassmen. There were the usual perks: senior skip day, senior dog day, christmas assembly. The food was okay, I don't remember many complaints. I think people enjoyed the dorms: I don't really know because I was a day student. The facilities at Milton are beautiful and nice. There are the new nice dorms as well as the old school brick new england buildings. There is the quad where students hang out during the spring. In many ways, the facilities are that of a mini-college; in some ways they are better (indoor rock wall, for example). The neighborhood is rather residential and quite safe. If you go a bit off-campus you can end up in a rough neighborhood of Boston, but people rarely traveled that way because it was known to be a not nice area. The socio-economic background of the student body varied greatly. There were certainly kids who quite wealthy, there were also middle-class kids as well as low income students. It never seemed to be a huge deal. Milton also has a large population of international students who help add to the diversity significantly. I loved Milton and would absolutely recommend it to whoever was intersted.

College Counseling

I am pretty sure that I first met with the college counselors in my junior....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

I took the PSAT (I believe that is what the high school SAT is called)....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools...

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