The life of the mind is the pulse of the School.

Milton’s environment is intellectually charged. The wide world of academic opportunity here engages students
in a program of the highest quality. Students develop competence in the core subjects and feed intellectual passion through electives and independent studies. As they progress, students learn to express themselves orally and in writing. They develop analytical skills and the confidence to defend their opinions. They learn to be independent, to take initiative, to organize, and to manage their time.

A regular, comprehensive renewal of our curriculum—by each department— makes sure that we’re meeting our students where they are, and that we’re preparing them to lead in a future we can’t predict, for careers that perhaps don’t yet exist. Preparing students not just for college, but for life, we work to develop critical thinking and creativity, but also adaptability, resilience, self-awareness, empathy and courage.

At Milton, we encourage that productive mix of independence and collaboration, humility and confidence, respect for the past and enthusiasm for the future. When we do so, we help students to grow in enduring ways. Reflective and creative, they can approach new challenges with thoughtful determination, and because they learn to speak and listen with equal care, they develop the capacity to lead. Every day, in every moment, such growth takes place at Milton.

David Ball '88

Upper School Principal and History and Social Sciences Department