Boston Makes a Difference
Just eight miles from campus, Boston is an extension of our classrooms, a hub for cultural exploration, and a source of weekend fun.
Boston’s resources profoundly affect how we can think about educating young people. The countless options within minutes of our traditional, scenic campus mean that Boston’s educational and cultural assets are an integral part of the Milton experience. Not only do we connect with the world-class universities and artistic institutions, but also with the distinguished writers, historians, scientists, musicians, scholars, artists and changemakers in this dynamic city.
From Boston to Milton
Faculty at Milton link learning with the distinguished scholars, artists and professionals who live and work in Boston, Cambridge and beyond. Each year, about 40 distinguished guests come to campus. Their experience, accomplishments and willingness to engage with our students not only enliven the subject matter, but also elevate the importance of academic work, and model long-term commitment to excellence.
A Sampling of Recent Visitors to Milton:
- Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
- World-renowned marine biologist and ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle
- Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jeffrey Eugenides
- Dr. Eliza Byard ’86, executive director of the GLSEN organization
- Latin percussionist Ruben Alvarez
- Dr. James McCarthy from Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology
- Award-winning photojournalist Tyler Hicks
From Milton to Boston
Having access to Boston’s universities, institutions and other resources is a particular advantage. For example, students in AP American & Comparative Government attend programs at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics, the Kennedy Library and the Ford Hall Forum at Faneuil Hall this year. Delegations attended the Harvard Model Congress, the Harvard Model UN and a similar program at Tufts University. Calculus students visit MIT. laboratories, while Ancient Civilizations classes explored pieces at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). This History of Art class also visits the MFA as well as Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Geology students extend their class work to the Charles River and the Blue Hills Reservation. Members of the Astronomy class experience the Planetarium at the Museum of Science. With Tufts, MIT., Harvard, Boston College, Northeastern, Wellesley and Boston University in Milton’s backyard, our students have many opportunities to participate in the academic and cultural environment of “America’s college town.”
Milton offers unparalleled opportunities for students who want to pursue music seriously as part of a broad high school education. Students take private lessons and participate in ensembles at the following renowned institutions:
- The New England Conservatory of Music: Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, Youth Chorale
- Boston University
- Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
- Longy Music School
- Massachusetts Educators District and All-State Music Festivals
Milton students participate in musical competitions sponsored by:
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Harvard Musical Association
- Quincy Symphony Orchestra
- Boston Pops Orchestra
- Wellesley Symphony Orchestra
- Brockton Symphony Orchestra
With Milton students, the Student Activities Office plans and supervises group fun in Boston, taking advantage of the range of activities the city provides:
- Sheer Madness at the Charles Playhouse
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical at the Wang Theater
- Live Band Karaoke
- Massage and Tea Night
- Casino Night
- The Boat Dance on Boston Harbor Cruises
- Spring Carnival
- Vans to Legacy Place and South Shore Plaza for shopping
- Vans to JP Licks and Pinkberry
“Stangs in Boston”
For their senior project, Jodie Mustin and Samantha Peponakis created the “Stangs in Boston” blog, recommending sites to see and restaurants to visit in downtown Boston.
Read the blog.
Teaching Students to Use Boston
Milton Academy considers Boston a valuable resource. We understand the need both to teach students about using the city and to provide a structure of opportunities that is both safe and age-appropriate. Milton plans faculty-supported activities that involve Boston, and encourages students to explore the city according to carefully reviewed plans and permissions granted by parents earlier in the year.
When house parents consider requests for trips to Boston, they are careful to check for the number of students going together (two at a minimum; three or more when possible), and for the ages of the students in the group. They review the students’ plans for safety before giving permission. On the weekends, Class IV (Grade 9) and Class III (Grade 10) students must return to campus by 7:30 p.m. Upperclassmen must return by check-in time.
When a group with an appropriate ratio of older to younger students wants to attend a concert or go to dinner in Boston, the younger students may ask permission for a “late night” (11:00 p.m. on Friday or Saturday night). Permission is based on the dorm faculty’s perception that the plans are safe and well organized. “Late nights” are considered on a case-by-case basis–up to four times each year.
The opportunities to use Boston are thoughtfully considered by the faculty; the rules are age appropriate and change as a student moves through the School.
Being so close to Boston is great. The first thing we all do as a dorm is go into the city together. It’s a great way for everyone to learn how to get around on the subway, find cool places to visit, and where to find the best places to eat! During exam week, I took a break from studying and went into the city, just for a change of pace and to walk around. Boston is a great resource, and our campus has a close-knit, suburban feel, so it’s the best of both worlds!Karla Alvarado