We look forward to welcoming you back to Milton Academy. Coming together as a community is the cornerstone of the Milton experience, and we are committed to finding creative ways to convene and connect. As we plan this school year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff guides all of our decisions. Whether we are on campus or remote, we hold an unwavering commitment to educating our students in an engaging and fulfilling program. This year will look unlike any other in the history of our School. It will require us to remain flexible and adjust due to external factors beyond our control, but we will work together as a community to provide our students with the best experience possible.
Given the uncertain nature of the pandemic, we will have a phased reopening this school year. This allows us to de-densify our campus and ensure that students have time to adjust to new protocols and expectations. Each division’s plan has been crafted with the latest guidance, research, and expertise to create modified learning environments appropriate for each age group.
- Lower School students will return to campus the week of September 7
- Students will return in small groups over the course of three days, before beginning the academic program the week of September 14
- Students will be grouped into cohorts that do not mix with other cohorts; two-teacher teams will be assigned to each cohort
- Middle School students will return to campus the week of September 7
- Students will return by grade level over the course of three days, before beginning the academic program the week of September 14
- Students will be grouped into cohorts that do not mix with other cohorts; teachers will move across grade-based cohorts
- Remote orientation programming will begin for Upper School students in early September
- Upper School students will start classes learning remotely, beginning on September 14
- Our current plan is to have day students return in cohorts in October, and to have boarding students return as soon as it is safe to do so
- We will provide an update to all families no later than September 28, following necessary, continued evaluation of our return-to-campus plan, based on evolving expert guidance and local incidence rates
COVID-19 testing will be provided for all students, faculty, and staff in advance of and during their initial weeks on campus. The results of these tests—combined with local COVID-19 trends, expertise from public health and medical experts, and guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—will determine when and how we conduct in-person learning throughout this year. We remain prepared to pivot quickly as circumstances change.
Our success will require shared commitment from every member of our community as we navigate these new protocols together. We thank you in advance for your support of our School.
HEALTH & SAFETY
We base our approach on guidance from public health and medical experts and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as our experience as educators.
We are committed to a rigorous and collaborative approach that cultivates curious and engaged learners.
EQUITY & ACCESS
We work together to ensure that all have access to learning via curriculum and technology.
COMMUNITY & CONNECTION
We facilitate and nurture student relationships—with teachers, advisors, and peers—through academics and co-curricular activities.
We support every individual in our community, helping students to become resilient young adults.
At the core of Milton’s academic philosophy is our deep commitment to student-centered learning. While the execution of our program must change this year, our philosophy does not: We will continue to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences for students across our three academic divisions.
Informed by data, research, and experience, our learning models affirm our teaching values. On campus or remote, our students will collaborate authentically with guidance from their teachers; work independently and learn to self-pace; reflect frequently on their growth as students; and discover themselves in the larger context of our world.
Although curricular approaches will vary across our three divisions, we are committed to providing our students a sense of belonging and social-emotional safety; engagement and motivation; and empowerment to connect with one another, their teachers, and the world around them with a nuanced understanding of responsibility, morality, and equity.
Our top priority is ensuring that we provide a safe educational and workplace environment for our entire community. As we adjust our program and transform our campus—with the goal of having all students engaged in as much live teaching and learning as possible this fall—the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount.
Our campus de-densification and COVID-19 protocols, including testing, are based on official guidance and public health expertise specific to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area. Our renovated health center and revised health and safety protocols, new training for faculty and staff, and partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital, are only some of the modifications the School has made in response to this pandemic. Read more about our health and safety measures for the academic year.
As a freshman, Jana Amin ’21 traveled on a Milton class trip to Jordan, where the students visited the Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a non-governmental organization that works with refugees on community-building, education, and trauma relief. She was so moved by their mission that she became an “e-learning partner” starting her sophomore year, video-chatting with students to help them learn conversational English. Her first two students were a Yemeni mother of five children and a Sudanese man.
Amin then became an English teacher for a class of 12 CRP students and she has encouraged other Milton students—especially after school switched to remote learning—to volunteer as virtual tutors and to help her with developing an English-language curriculum to use in the classes.
Ordinarily, the National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) year-end tournament is a blockbuster, in-person event: Thousands of students and their coaches take over a host city for a week of end-to-end competition that determines the best student speakers and debaters in the country.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was held virtually. Five thousand students from 1,300 schools competed from home for NSDA recognition. They included seven Milton students: Jana Amin ’21, Jack Burton ’22, Tim Colledge ’21, Miranda Paiz ’21, Nyla Sams ’20, Benjamin Simpson ’21, and Tyler Tjan ’22.