Milton Academy review by University of Pennsylvania student: Milton Academy is very much an English-based school. Freshman year all students take a lecture style class once a week called "English Workshop" that is a crash course in grammar. The lecture and each indiviual English course focus on eight "megablunders." Milton students graduate ahead of many of their peers when it comes to writing ability. Students are award-winning poets, analytical writers, debaters, etc. The courses at Milton generally cap at 15 students but, again, these are usually the English courses since everyone has to take an English course every year. For the student who does EVERY assignment EVER given to them and is absolutely pained by the thought of falling even a page behind...he/she will find that sleep is a myth. Each class assigns about 1-2 hrs of homework which may not seem like a lot but after sports practice, sit-down dinner and after-dinner meetings...it is already 7pm and you have 2 hrs of hw for each of the 3-4 classes you have the next day. Although Milton follows Harvard's system of giving midterms (or finals as they are referred to at Harvard) after the winter break, Milton tries not to put heavy emphasis on the exams. The worth of an exam is anywhere from 15-25% of a student's first semester grade (the exact percentage is dependant on the department and the teacher). Milton does not give a second set of exams at the end of the year so you'll see that the end of Jaunuary is notoriously high stress but once exams are over the rest of the year runs smoothly.
Honestly, Milton has something for everyone. Although the dance department, and I use the word department VERY loosely, has only one teacher who honestly does it ALL...our dance program is remarkable. We have an annual dance concert that features the work of the instructor, an outside choreographer and student choreographers. It's a very small department but very intimate and everyone nows who the "dancers" are. Our programs are what you make of them. The resources are endless even though the programs arent particularly the top in the country. Milton athletics and arts are very much like those of the Ivy League...they just arent the emphasis of the school. Who takes Ivy League sports seriously? When is the last time a Cornell football player was in the NFL? Our sports are good but we're not a football school nor does our basketball have a perfect season. We are an academic institution first and foremost so expect top of the line facilites and teachers because we are Milton but you cant expect the excellence of a conservatory or hardcore fanbase of a sports school. Milton students are also charactered by their extracurriculars i.e. the jocks, theatre geeks, the politically involved know-it-alls...etc. However, I dont really think this is much different from any other high school.
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