The goal of The Saturday Course at Milton Academy is to provide a rich learning environment for children with strong academic skills. Independently motivated students can learn compelling material in a fun and exciting environment.
The Saturday Course is designed for students in Grades 4–8 from surrounding communities. Participating school districts select students who can register for courses. Students from other communities may apply for a waitlist position.
Students select courses from a list of offerings mailed to them prior to the session. Taught by dynamic, experienced teachers, areas of study include: Math, Creative Writing, Literature, Sciences, Social Sciences, Photography, Computer Technology, Art, Drama and Wood Working. The small student to teacher ratio encourages opportunities for hands-on activities, lab experiments, small group discussion, and individual projects. Skills used for effective questioning and problem solving are emphasized throughout the program. Independent study at home reinforces specific course objectives.
The Saturday Course recruits experienced teachers with specialties in the areas of science, computer, mathematics, literature, performing and visual arts and social sciences. The enthusiasm of these teachers who design and share curriculum from their special interest areas is refreshing; their commitment to make this a unique learning environment for these talented students is extraordinary.
The Saturday Course
170 Centre Street
Milton, MA 02186
Telephone: (617) 898-2275
Fax: (617) 898-1707
Kristan Burke and Gary Shrager
6-week Session: $270
Non-refundable registration fee: $80
Private foundation grants
Flexible payment schedules and partial scholarships available
2016-2017 Program Dates
Session 1: Grades 5-8
September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15
Session 2: Grades 5-8
November 5, 12, 19
(no Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving weekend)
December 3, 10
Session 3: Grade 4
January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11
(snow date February 18)
Session 4: Grades 5-8
March 4, 11, 18, 25
(snow date April 8)
Session 5: Grade 4
April 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
GRADES 4-8 SCHEDULE
8:45 – 9:00 Arrival
9:00 – 9:15 Group Meeting
9:15 – 10:40 First Course
10:40 – 11:05 Break/Snack
11:05 – 12:30 Second Course
Parent Visit week 5 – Course A
9:15 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
Parent Visit week 6 – Course B
9:15 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. (classes switch order)
These students came from 48 cities, towns and communities and represented 125 different elementary or middle schools.
Towns & Communities
Boston • Dorchester • Hyde Park • Jamaica Plain • Mattapan • Roslindale • Roxbury • South Boston • West Roxbury
Towns & Communities
Abington • Avon • Belmont • Braintree • Brockton • Brookline • Cambridge • Canton • Chestnut Hill • Cohasset • Dedham • Dover • Duxbury • Easton • Hanover • Hingham • Mansfield • Medfield • Milton • Needham • Newton • Norfolk • Norton • Norwell • Norwood • Pembroke • Quincy • Randolph • Sharon • Stoneham • Stoughton • Sudbury • Taunton • Walpole • Westwood • Weymouth • Winchester • Winthrop • Wrentham
Rafael Hernandez • Mt. Alvernia • Murphy • Hennigan • St. Theresa • Epiphany • Curley • Holy Name • O’Hearn • Agassiz • St. Brendan • South Boston Catholic Neighborhood House Charter • Young Achievers for Science & Math • St. Brendan • Agassiz
Saturday Course Waitlist Details
We work with schools in many surrounding towns who select students that would be a good fit for the Saturday Course.
These participating schools choose students based on specific criteria. The process differs from district to district. School administrators know the kind of students that will thrive at the Saturday Course.
Each fall, we give our participating schools a certain allotment of registration forms for new fourth grade students. When we know the total enrollment from these schools, we take students from the waitlist.
There are often more qualified students in some schools than allotments from us. Some districts hold a lottery. Students that don’t get picked due to the “luck of the draw,” can contact us directly and ask for a waiting list application.
The waitlist also exists for families whose children do not attend an affiliated school or district.
We require that families send in the waiting list form, a teacher recommendation, a report card and a copy of MCAS scores.
Over the past several years, we have been successful enrolling 99 percent of the students who qualify.
Once a student is accepted, they are invited back through the eighth grade. Our traditional entry level is Grade 4, but we accept applications for students any time in Grades 4–8.
Saturday Course Testimonials
“The fostering and example by adults that creativity and intellectual pursuit can be a fun and congenial endeavor was an important ‘take away’ for my child.”
“I often tell my daughter that she starts conversations on chapter 3 and assumes everyone has read chapters 1 and 2. She hopped into the car one Saturday morning after class and said, ‘Mom, everyone at the Saturday Course knew exactly what I was saying and none of them thought I started my conversations on chapter 3!’”
“My children just LOVE the Saturday Course! As a parent, I’m thankful to you for having it so well organized. The faculty is wonderful; the kids have enjoyed all of their courses, and have made new friends.”
“It is difficult for the parent of a gifted child to find engaging and appropriate academic activities that challenge them. This is especially true in public schools where the needs of gifted students are not acknowledged. My son had such an amazing experience in both courses. I knew we were onto something after the first class when he asked if this was what it was like to attend Milton Academy and if so, he wanted to go there!”
“My son enjoyed the comradeship and spirit of working with his classmates. He is a jokester so he likes how the staff keeps it light.”
Below are responses when students where asked if they would like to return to The Saturday Course:
“I would with all my heart.”
“Yes, of course! It’s really fun!”
“Yes. Who wouldn’t?”
“It would be an honor.”
“I would love to return. I would go for my whole life if I could!”
“Yes. Why are you asking that question? Of course!”