Embracing Diversity

Our Mission in Action

Milton is a safe and generous place for young people to live and learn. The idea that each individual brings a unique and valuable dimension to our shared experience drives the relationships in our community. To us, growing and learning among individuals who share widely divergent life stories, and appreciating their respective cultures, is an invaluable aspect of a true education. 

Today’s Milton students will become leaders in their world, with its dynamic demographic changes and globally experienced trends—economic, social, environmental and political. We aim to educate our students to experience and value the enriching roles of culture, identity and difference.

How do we do it?

Milton has long fostered critical thinking and has understood how important diversity is for learning. Our Transition Program for incoming, self-identified students of color was initiated in 1985. Since then, we have welcomed the opportunity to evolve curriculum and programming to best support our students. Through authentic relationships with faculty members who become allies and mentors; through many student-led cultural affinity groups; robust assembly and speaker programming; and campus initiatives new and old—such as the Host Family Program, and Social Justice Peer Educators—we work to make sure our students build relationships and networks at Milton. We are always eager to identify new opportunities for growth and innovation.

Connection and Awareness

When we are connected with a group that understands who we are, all of us are more able to appreciate others’ abilities, and to understand the traditions, gifts and challenges that each of us contributes. Even conflicts provide important opportunities for students to learn how to be firm in who they are, yet flexible and thoughtful in exploring how their ideas affect others. The sharing of experiences and perspectives builds important life skills.

Milton Students of Color: 41%

Students of color, who define themselves as African-American, Asian-American, Latino, indigenous or bi/multi-racial, are 41 percent of Milton’s student body. Our office of admission works to identify and select a dynamic group of students from many backgrounds and cultures, around the country and around the world.

Milton Students Who Receive Financial Aid: 35%

The opportunity to experience Milton’s powerful and active learning environment is not limited to those who can afford the full cost of tuition. We are committed to providing financial aid for families to ensure that we welcome many uniquely talented young people to our School.

Milton Faculty of Color: 19%

Faculty members of color are 19 percent of Milton’s faculty. That translates to 33 teachers and administrators who are African-American, Asian-American, Latino, Middle-Eastern or bi-racial. Our faculty and administrators are dedicated to building a diverse group of teachers and students committed to learning and mutual respect.

Adults who understand the cultures and traditions of our students provide support for those students whose backgrounds are similar to their own. They are important models for all of our students, who benefit from a diverse group of dedicated educators and mentors.