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Inclusion and Equity

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) are fundamental to a strong community and the fulfillment of Milton Academy’s educational mission:

Milton Academy cultivates in its students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Embracing diversity and the pursuit of excellence, we create a community in which individuals develop competence, confidence, and character. Our active learning environment, in and out of the classroom, develops creative and critical thinkers, unafraid to express their ideas, prepared to seek meaningful lifetime success, and to live by our motto, “Dare to be true.”

Milton students grow by developing their own identities, learning from the experiences of others, and living and working among peers whose differences they welcome with respect and care. Through academic coursework, community programming, and leadership opportunities, Milton students, families, and employees collaborate to create an inspiring and inclusive learning environment.

DEIJ Principles and Practices

Learning principles and practices that inform community programming, courses, co-curriculars, and professional development:

Identity and Belonging

  • Practice self-awareness
  • Foster positive self-identity 
  • Build understanding across difference
  • Center relationships

Empathy and Inquiry

  • Embrace an inquisitive mindset
  • Explore societal topics with empathy 
  • Investigate the impact of identity
  • Examine internal biases
  • Persist through the discomfort of unpacking and unlearning biases


  • Explore different points of view
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Build skills for resolving conflict

Action and Leadership

  • Interrogate unfairness
  • Model ‘upstander’ behavior by challenging injustice with courage
  • Lead and partner in school-wide endeavors as an inclusive role model

Goals and Recommendations

The 2019–2024 Board-approved DEI strategic plan outlined the following five goals for Milton Academy: