Milton Academy - Review #6

Milton Academy

About the Author:

College Enrolled Duke University
Home Town, State (Country) Newton, MA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Debate Team- Captain Public Issues Board Milton Measure (official student paper)- Senior Editor Tennis Community Service Board- Co-Head Blue Key (Admissions Tour guide) Student Representative on a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Having large populations of both day and boarding students is beneficial to both groups. The boarding students add an immense amount of geographic diversity and with that, different perspectives on issues discussed and learned about in and out of the classroom. Day students also benefit from the boarding community because its presence means that the campus is always active, not just during the week from 8-6. Day students bring an awareness about the surrounding area that grounds the instituion in its surroundings more than most prep schools that are comprised of predominantly boarders. The schools proximity to Boston is an asset to all students.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Milton prepared me excellently for college. More imporant however, than just preparing me for Duke's acadedmics, Milton prepared me to take full advantge of all Duke's resources. Because of Milton's community I immediately became involved at Duke. The relationships I formed with teachers at Milton gave me the foundation for developing similar relationships with college professors in my freshman year.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have played on more sports teams.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The teachers, diverse nature of the student body and the spectacular campus.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Look at some of Milton's less advertised assets. The Ayer observatory is very cool and the Williams squash courts center is a beautiful facilty, for example. Ask about study abroad and spring break opportunities. Probably 1/3 of students travel abroad in some way through Milton


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Discussion is fostered by the round tables that are in every English and history class and by teachers who have a passion for teaching. The best testament to the strength of the faculty is how many teachers I still keep in touch with by e-mail and come to Milton to specifically see when I am in town. The academics are equally rigorous to college courses.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are quite a wide range of sports to choose from. The athletics department is very well funded and there are lots of options for students who do not wish to participate in competitive athletics.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The performing arts programs are exceptional. While I was not heavily active in them, I benefited greatly from the impressive visiting artists, student plays and concerts.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Milton either offers every extra-curricular one wishes to participate in or makes it reasonably easy for a student with initiaitive to create it. During my time there were probably one or two dozen clubs created by students (not all of them lasted) from History Club to the Meditation Club and Japanese Anime. I found the extra-curriculars I participated in to be nearly as beneficial to my learning as the classes I took because of the high level of faculty involvement in many of them.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Not applicable. I was a day student.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
As a day student I was always quite happy with the wide selction of foods from which to choose for lunch. However, boarders who ate at the dining hall three times a week sometimes would complain about the lack of variety or quality (in many ways this was more a function of having to eat in the same place for every meal than the actual quality of food).

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Milton, where the school is located, is a nice residential area. There are only a few places to eat within walking distance, but students can easily take the T (public transporation) into Boston.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because half of the students are day students, the social life is probably not quite as vibrant as some other schools. There are however quite a few offerings on the weekends. The school makes an effort to offer students opportunities to take advantge of the Boston area like Red Sox games and plays. It is sometimes frustrating for boarders who want to attend day students' off-campus parties, but are limited by the school's more restrictive policies for boarding students.

Daily Schedule:

6:45 AMWakeup
8:00 AMArrive at school for assembly
8:15 AMEconomics AP
9:15 AMArt History AP
10:00 AMFree time to study or relax
11:00 AMAmerican Literature
12:00 AMLunch
12:45 AMStudy/Relax
2:15 PMCalculus
3:00 PMCommunity Service Board Meeting
11:00 AMWork on homework
7:00 PMGo out with friends

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Milton Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   4/29/2017
    Stanford University
    One of my favorite things about Milton is its proximity to the city. It's great to be able to easily go into Boston instead of being trapped on campus all the time. I also love. . .
  • Milton Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    Columbia University
    Despite its rigorous education, Milton has a very supportive community. The institution offers a lot of resources for students who need help relating to either personal or academic needs. Students at Milton truly want to. . .
  • Milton Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   2/6/2017
    University of Chicago
    Milton Academy is a pretty racially diverse school. We don't really have social hierarchies. Our location is very convenient, and our grass is always green and healthy.. . .
  • Milton Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   12/28/2016
    Harvard College
    Milton is known for its very green and well-groomed quad that sits in the center of campus. We use the Harkness round-table style of discussion. Class discussions are fueled by students, and participation is a. . .
  • Milton Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 2006
    5 Stars   12/16/2010
    University of Pennsylvania
    Milton is a place where everyone takes an active role in cultivating students, in academics, athletics, art, and as a citizen of the world. There is a deep sense of community and the teachers take. . .
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