Milton Academy - Review #1

Read more details about Milton Academy on their 2020-21 profile page.
Milton Academy
5

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 2016-2020
Sports and Activities:ISS, Development Ambassadors Head, OBK, Magus Mabus Art Board, Discipline Review Committee.
College Enrolled:Claremont McKenna College
Home Town, State: Milton, MA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Milton is unique primarily due to the major emphasis on discussion in many classes through the harkness table method. This is prevalent in English and history classes. The organization of the student center allows for students to easily hang out with one another, or even alone, without any unnecessary societal pressure.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I have built a solid community. I have made some of the best friends from it and have had some of the best teachers. I used to be very shy but gradually found my voice and am very active on campus. I am glad to have made an effect on the Milton community.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I had been more proactive about my concerns. People are very willing to listen to the students, but that is only if you're proactive. The students have such a large voice on campus, yet I feel like I only figured that out by the end.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked the tight-knit community that I was able to build for myself. Though as a whole people are not too united, you find an immensely close, secure group by the end of it. And I would not trade that for the world.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The breakfast sandwiches are phenomenal (sausage, egg and cheese on a muffin) the smoothies are very grand.And Hathaway will always be the best dorm. It is forever unproblematic, the least drama filled, and the only girl's dorm where students actually like each other and don't promote toxic friendships. Millet is second up.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The English department at this institution is phenomenal. We truly learn how to read novels and learn how to find our voice in writing and stray away from the boring, unoriginal analytical format.The math department is atrocious. The teachers, though undoubtably qualified, are unable to efficiently teach. This leads to major grade discrepancies within the math department and allows for some students, those who are wealthier/have extra help/or are able to teach themselves, to succeed constantly while leaving the rest behind.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics program is inclusive and the coaches are some of the best faculty on campus. There is a good selection to choose from.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The visual arts department is quite good-- resources are constantly available and the teachers support individuality. My own art has improved drastically over my time at Milton.The music program is also phenomenal, and we have many talented students who commit to their respective groups throughout their four years.The theatre program is decent, though the actors are mediocre. The tech crew is really good and the sfx that we have are good. The theatre program socially though is looked down upon.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The student body was divided most by extracurriculars. certain demographics and friend groups always went to certain clubs, which is not only counterproductive but also toxic on the school environment and prevents students from wanting to join.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I lived in the smallest dorm on campus and i was super lucky. The dorm faculty genuinely cared, the rooms were large; we had to walk-in closets. We had plenty of dorm activities and the dorm budget was enough to get nice dorm gear. roommate selection was always decent, and the randomization of room choice made the process much more streamlined.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Its alright. we recently switched food companies and lost variation for consistency. We always have consistently well-cooked meals (no more undercooked chicken), but there isn't much variety. We were used to having two different options in the hot food bar, and now all the food items in the hot food bar make up one meal. With this said, the sandwich, salad, and pasta bar are always open and most students get food from there, anyway.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The Town of Milton is small but cute! lower mills and east Milton are in walking distance and have enough shops/food places to get by. We are also close to the T stop, so we have easy access to Boston.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life is inconsistent and highly depends on the grade you are in. First off, there are the stereotypical groups-- the DSGs, the theatre kids, the DSBs, etc. These groups can be found in EVERY GRADE. Now, for the overall social scene, that is less consistent. My grade coexisted pretty well, and we were able to coexist/even to mingle without issue. Now, the grade below me is incredibly separated and not as inclusive.It is easy to make friends, but as soon as you fall out of a friend group, you might have less luck as people always hang out in medium-sized groups. Rumors and gossip travel incredibly fast.
Read more details about Milton Academy on their 2020-21 profile page.

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