Milton Academyreview by Brown University student. 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.
Milton has a serious athetlic program. I was involved--of the years--in soccer, cross country, skiing and frisbee. I enjoyed everyone of them. Sports were important, but no more important than many of the other extra curriculars including, orchaestra, musicals, acapella, jazz band. We had a bunch of acapella groups and apparently our jazz band was one of the best in the country. I also spent alot of time participating in the Outdoor club and program, which took students on weekend trips out to the wilderness. With the outdoor program, I went hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking and ice climbing. I absoulutely loved all those trips. Milton also has an indoor rock wall which got alot of use by students.