Human Sexuality and Relationships (HS&R)
A favorite Milton optional course, HS&R enrolls students in Classes I-III who are interested in learning about sexuality and relationships in a comfortable, supportive environment.
The Outdoor Program
The mission of the Outdoor Program is twofold: to support students for whom outdoor life is as important as "regular life;" to instill in interested students a lifelong appreciation for the value of our natural environment and the pleasure that it can bring. As part of a diverse group, students learn how to lead and follow with confidence and competence. The Outdoor Program attracts students with the chance to have fun outdoors, learn new skills, and gain confidence meeting new challenges with friends and faculty. New England's mountains, rivers, quarries and forests are the program's classrooms. Outdoor education at Milton focuses on excellent preparation and on using the right tools for hiking, climbing or kayaking.
The Academy boasts an indoor climbing wall. Outdoor gear includes a fleet of eight kayaks, mountaineering boots, rock-climbing shoes, tents, four-season sleeping bags, outdoor cooking equipment, as well harnesses, ropes and other climbing equipment.
Community Service Program
The Community Service Program seeks to instill and support a passion for service in Milton Academy's students, faculty and staff. Through providing a multitude of opportunities from tutoring in local schools, to donating blood, to assisting the elderly, the program strives to provide the Milton community with interesting and meaningful service opportunities. On average, about 250 students perform weekly service at over 30 different organizations in the Greater Boston area. Another 200 students participate in multi-annual events such as the Greater Boston Foodbank, Special Olympics tournaments, the Blood Drive and holiday giving events. The entire Milton community participates in the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet and the biennial Community Service Day. Each year, the program also supports individual and group initiatives for particular causes, such as overseas orphanages and earthquake relief.
Each March, the Community Service Program sponsors a spring break service trip. For two years, students, faculty and parents traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help rebuild houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Subsequent trips have been to renovate a school building in Belize, community buildings on Navajo Land in Arizona, and homes in rural Appalachia.
For those interested in pursuing service learning coursework, the History and Social Sciences Department offers History in Action for a Sustainable Society. Coursework includes the weekly service commitment at a local site while pursuing readings, journaling, and class projects on issues such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, education and immigration.