Milton Academy

Milton, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Milton Academy, engages faculty and students in intense and challenging preparation for college and for life, in an environment that stimulates and supports extraordinary intellectual and personal growth. Day in and day out, in and out of class, faculty connect vitally with students – setting sights high, bringing opportunities to light, tackling big questions, affirming students’ individuality, and building their confidence and skill. Not only do they succeed at the most competitive universities in the country, Milton graduates' awareness, creativity and competence empower them to fully commit themselves to meaningful endeavors of all kinds, throughout the world. Milton Academy is located just eight miles south of Boston.

170 Centre Street, Milton, Massachusetts, USA 02186

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Director of Admission: Paul Rebuck
Admissions Phone:617-898-2227Fax:617-898-1701
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No

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  • Founded: 1798
  • Campus Size: 125 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     160 180 340
Boys     165 175 340
Total     325 355 680

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,400
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $40,550
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 30.00%
  • Average Awarded: $34,500
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $212,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: For more than 200 years, Milton has developed confident, independent thinkers in an intimate, friendly setting where students and faculty members understand that the life of the mind is the pulse of the School. A gifted and dedicated faculty motivates a diverse student body, providing students with the structure to learn and the support to take risks. The faculty’s teaching expertise and passion for scholarship generates extraordinary growth in students who learn to expect the most of themselves. The Milton community connects purposefully with world issues. Students graduate with a clear sense of themselves, their world, and how to contribute. Being smart and interested at Milton is easy, fun and normal. Classrooms have about 14 students, and learning is discussion based, not lecture based. Faculty give your work thorough commentary and respectful responses. They look for analysis, critical thinking, and skill in expressing ideas. You are likely to find new areas of study that fascinate and inspire you. APs are not the only advanced course work. A wealth of courses allows you to take your study as far as you wish. Faculty know you well, want you to succeed, help you outside of class, and challenge you to meet higher expectations.

Department Director: Jackie Bonenfant

Average Class Size: 14

Full Time Teachers: 136

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 80.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 11

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Marine Biology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Choral Music
  • History of Jazz
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Voice
  • Jazz
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • History of Theater
  • Lighting Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Production
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Woodworking
  • Improv
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
  • Study Abroad:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • US Government & Politics
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art

Summary: Students live with seasoned faculty “parents” in eight, single-sex residential houses of varying sizes (no larger than 48 students). Milton houses include all four classes: living with older and younger “siblings” ensures role models, support, a sense of affection and belonging. Students enjoy “sit down” dinners with faculty and their families three times each week. House heads set a stable, nurturing tone, and students’ faculty advisors live in or are affiliated with the house. Students say they gain “responsibility, independence, confidence, and extraordinary friendships with people their own age as well as adults.”

Department Director: Bridget Johnson

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 8

Average Students Per Dorm: 40

No. of Girls Dorms: 4

No. of Boys Dorms: 4

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool
  • Indoor climbing wall

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Classics Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Free Tibet
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • SADD
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans

Summary: At Milton, you do not have to choose whether you want to be an intellectual, a musician, an athlete, a performer or an artist. You can be all of these; one of the best things about Milton is that there is no limit to the way you define your identity. Top-notch athletics are a Milton tradition. Milton is a member of the Independent School League (ISL). Interscholastic teams (15 each for boys and girls at numerous levels)compete against Andover, Groton, St. Paul’s, and Noble & Greenough, among others. The Athletic and Convocation Center, with basketball courts, an indoor track, a fitness center and an ice rink, adds to outdoor fields and courts. Intramural offerings extend opportunities for play and skill-development. Art thrives at Milton: extraordinary facilities; talented students; faculty who are also artists and performers; a campus culture that promotes the arts. All students fulfill a one-year arts requirement. Favorite weekend activities are viewing friends’ exhibited work and watching friends perform—in the jazz combo, in one of 10 annual theatrical productions, in dance, in one of eight singing groups, at speech team galas.

Arts Department Director: Ian Torney

Athletics Department Director: Lamar Reddicks

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Diving
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Hiking
  • Ice Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: Milton’s faculty, curriculum, small class sizes and interactive teaching structure, provides rigorous preparation for college. Milton students graduate with the confidence in themselves and the competence to succeed at the most selective colleges and universities in the country.

Department Director: Rod Skinner

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Harvard 47 graduates
Brown 39 graduates
Tufts 28 graduates
Columbia 24 graduates
Yale 23 graduates
Georgetwon 23 graduates
UPenn 23 graduates
Boston College 21 graduates
Cornell 21 graduates
George Washington 21 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 620 740
Mathematics 650 740
Writing 630 730

Notable Alumni

T.S. Eliot (Class of 1906) Poet, dramatist and literary critic

Buckminster Fuller (Class of 1913) American architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor and visionary

Robert F. Kennedy (Class of 1944) Former United States Attorney General, former US Senator from New York and one of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's younger brothers

Ted Kennedy (Class of 1950) Former Massachusetts State Senator and one of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's younger brothers

Deval Patrick (Class of 1974) Current Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the first African American to hold that office

James Taylor (Class of 1966) American singer and songwriter

Charles Codman Cabot (Class of 1948) Former Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts and former Chief of the Secretariat of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey during World War II

David Lindsay-Abaire (Class of 1988) Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright

Hanford MacNider (Class of 1908) Former United States diplomat and United States Army General, serving in both World War I and World War II

Quotes from Alumni