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Milton Academy

School rating 4.6 / 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 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.

College Counseling

The college process does not begin for Milton students until well into Junior spring. Although....

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

This process was over five years ago for me so I honestly do not remember....

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. Do not 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 transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

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