Coming together as a community is the cornerstone of the Milton experience, and we are finding creative ways to convene and connect. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff guides all of our decisions. We hold an unwavering commitment to educating our students in an engaging and fulfilling program, whether they are on campus or remote. This year looks unlike any other in the history of our School. It requires us to remain flexible and adjust due to factors beyond our control, but we are working together as a community to provide our students with the best experience possible.
Given the uncertain nature of the pandemic, we have initiated a phased reopening of campus this school year. We will continue to offer fully remote learning to any boarding or day student who does not wish to return to campus. Additional details can be found on the division program pages and FAQ.
- Lower School students are currently learning on campus and remotely; COVID-19 testing is conducted weekly
- Middle School students are currently learning on campus and remotely; COVID-19 testing is conducted weekly
- Day students and temporary day students are currently learning in our hybrid program, with groups of students alternating between on-campus and remote learning each week.
- Boarding students are learning remotely until January 2021, when a phased return of boarders to our dormitories begins
- All on-campus students must receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to in-person learning; regular testing will follow
COVID-19 testing is provided for all students, faculty, and staff during their time 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—inform the phases of our plan. We remain prepared to pivot quickly as circumstances change.
Our success requires 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.
We will reopen all eight of our dormitories in January for a phased return of boarding students. This next stage of our plan will maintain de-densification across our campus living and learning spaces.
Please visit Residential Life for information on our boarding program.
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.
Humanities disciplines like the arts, history, languages, and social sciences can help make the consequences of the global climate crisis more accessible and urgent for people, said anthropologist and University of Massachusetts-Boston professor Rosalyn Negrón.
“One of the challenges we face is that climate action is highly politicized,” she said. “The polarization is a complex problem that doesn’t have easy solutions, but there is a place for the humanities because there are ways in which the arts, film, creative writing, music, and other things people share that can be avenues for communicating about these issues and taking them out of the political domain.”
Negrón was one of four panelists Wednesday who virtually visited about 150 students from Milton and other area schools to discuss climate change and climate justice, this year’s theme for the Humanities Workshop. She was joined by David Abel, a documentary filmmaker and environmental journalist for the Boston Globe; Zoe Davis, coordinator of the Climate Resilience Project through the City of Boston; and Kristala Jones Prather P’22 ’26, the Arthur D. Little professor of chemical engineering at MIT. Edward Moreta ’18, a Kenyon College student and poet, moderated the panel.
Dorm faculty and students are finding creative ways to maintain dorm traditions during this period of remote and hybrid learning. In Goodwin House, they’ve continued to celebrate each student’s birthday. However, instead of singing collectively over Zoom, one student plays a musical instrument rendition of “Happy Birthday” to share. So far, there have been oboe, violin, and beatboxing performances. In the most recent one, English faculty member Elaine Apthorp played her guitar and sang.
Each Goodwin advisory group plans and hosts a virtual event for the rest of the dorm to join. House Head and math faculty member Patrick Owens said his advisory group hosted a Jackbox game called Fibbage. Last week, science faculty member Michael Edgar’s advisory group hosted an “Among Us” tournament (see photo). “Among Us” is an online multiplayer social deduction game.
Owens said care packages were sent to all Goodwin students earlier in October, and in all the houses, a new student mentoring program was launched at the beginning of the school year. Returning students who were interested in serving as mentors applied and were then paired with new students. Mentors and mentees were also placed in the same dorm families who will meet over the course of the year.