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Lower School Learning Specialist

The Learning Specialist has strong knowledge of learning disabilities and is responsible, in conjunction with the Learning resource Team, for the facilitation of student support services for the lower school. The Learning Specialist’s role includes assisting teachers...

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Mailroom and Central Services Clerk

Summary of Position:  The Mailroom and Central Services Clerk provides mail service to the Academy Community and assists with other campus support activities related to the Facilities Services department.  This individual in this position must work collaboratively...

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Aquatics Aerobics Instructor

Summary of Position: Under direct supervision of the Director of Campus Services and Events, and the Aquatics Director, the candidate helps initiate and develop the New Outdoor Pool Aerobics program by providing water aerobics instruction; monitors and educates...

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Penn Fellow in Spanish

Summary of Position:  Milton Academy seeks a Spanish teacher to participate in this innovative partnership with the University Of Pennsylvania Graduate School Of Education. This program enables aspiring and early career teachers to complete a rewarding and hands-on...

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Penn Fellow in Math

Summary of Position:  Milton Academy seeks a math teaching fellow to participate in this innovative partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. This program enables aspiring and early career teachers to complete a rewarding and...

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Save the Date: March 6 is Milton’s Giving Day

Save the Date: March 6 is Milton’s Giving Day

On March 6, our community will come together for 24 hours of giving to celebrate and support the people, opportunities, and events that cultivate connections for students inside and outside the classroom. Thanks to our generous challenger, Claire Hughes Johnson ’90 P ’24 ’27, when 1,000 people donate on Giving Day this year, we’ll unlock $100K for the Milton Fund! Save the date and learn more at https://give.milton.edu/giving-day-2024.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Girls’ Ice Hockey

Celebrating 40 Years of Girls’ Ice Hockey

Earlier this month, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Milton’s Girl’s Ice Hockey program. The weekend kicked off with a Friday night match vs. BB&N, and many alumnae and family members were there to cheer on the Mustangs. Then, on Saturday, our alumnae...

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A Change of 💗 for Tony Dior Gaenslen ’59

A Change of 💗 for Tony Dior Gaenslen ’59

Tony Dior Gaenslen ’59 entered Milton Academy as a self-described “shy” and “nerdy” kid, the Texas-born son of a politically conservative family. He was so enamored of Robert E. Lee that he wrote his senior history paper describing him as the greatest general of the...

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Pedestrian Safety Initiatives

Milton Academy is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of pedestrians who traverse Centre Street, Randolph Avenue, and other streets adjacent to our campus. Our longstanding conversations about improving safety mean that improvements are constantly ongoing. As we...

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A Celebration of Music Honoring Margaret Filoon Robertson ’56

A Celebration of Music Honoring Margaret Filoon Robertson ’56

On February 2, the Milton Academy Music Department hosted the Margaret (Peggy) Filoon Robertson ’56 Concert in the Apthorp Chapel. This year’s concert featured a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary and showcased student-led instrumental groups, soloists,...

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A Celebration of Music Honoring Margaret Filoon Robertson ’56

A Celebration of Music Honoring Margaret Filoon Robertson ’56

On February 2, the Milton Academy Music Department hosted the Margaret (Peggy) Filoon Robertson ’56 Concert in the Apthorp Chapel. This year’s concert featured a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary and showcased student-led instrumental groups, soloists, and a chorus of Milton Academy students, faculty, staff, and friends. It was an evening of beautiful and inspiring performances. 

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Pedestrian Safety Initiatives

Milton Academy is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of pedestrians who traverse Centre Street, Randolph Avenue, and other streets adjacent to our campus. Our longstanding conversations about improving safety mean that improvements are constantly ongoing. As we...

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February 13, 2024

Due to forecasted nor’easter weather conditions, Milton Academy classes are canceled Tuesday, Feb. 13, and all other operations are suspended. No buses will operate. All afternoon practices and extracurricular activities are also canceled.  Only essential personnel...

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Principal, Upper School

Reporting to the Head of School, the Principal oversees and leads all functions of the Upper School, including academics, student life, college counseling, residential life, athletics, student support, and faculty feedback and professional development. The Principal...

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A Digital Opportunity for a Timeless Concept

A Digital Opportunity for a Timeless Concept

Ben Rhodes-Kropf ’24 has a message from his father. In order to receive it, he’ll have to travel to Spain.

That’s because his dad left the message through Trace, an app Rhodes-Kropf and classmate Benjamin Siegel ‘24 developed throughout their junior and senior years at Milton. The location-based service combines the functions of a messaging app with the thrill of an in-person treasure hunt, allowing users to “leave a Trace” wherever they are in the world. Messages for other Trace users (or their future selves) are delivered only when the recipient is physically close to the location where the message—in video form—was recorded.

Frustrated by the passive nature of existing social media, which users can idly scroll through for hours on end, Siegel and Rhodes-Kropf set out to create a different kind of messaging service that would foster more-meaningful connections and inspire users to travel near and far.

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Interim Math Teacher (part-time leave coverage)

Milton Academy is seeking a part-time Upper School math teacher to join in late March and continue until mid-June 2024. The ideal candidate should have a deep understanding of mathematics and enjoy promoting its understanding to students. As a teacher, you will be...

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Interim Math Teacher (full-time leave coverage)

Milton Academy is seeking a full-time Upper School math teacher to join in late March and continue until mid-June 2024. The ideal candidate should have a deep understanding of mathematics and enjoy promoting its understanding to students. As a teacher, you will be...

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Director of Counseling

The Upper School Director of Counseling oversees the counseling program in the Upper School, supervises the Upper School counselors, coordinates clinical meetings with the school psychiatrist and counselors, collaborates with the Director of Nursing, and provides...

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Milton Academy Summer Lifeguard

Summary of Position: The primary responsibility of a lifeguard is to prevent drowning and other injuries from occurring. Candidates must be able to ensure patron safety by minimizing or eliminating potentially hazardous situations or behaviors. This person must be...

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Milton Academy Summer Waterfront Director

Summary of Position: In addition to performing standard lifeguard duties, Waterfront Director will be responsible for scheduling work hours of other lifeguards, planning and orchestrating swim lessons, and maintaining a safe pool environment. Candidates must be able...

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Upper School Math Teacher

Milton Academy is seeking a full-time Upper School math teacher. The ideal candidate should have a deep understanding of mathematics and enjoy promoting its understanding to students. As a teacher, you will be expected to actively engage and support students, create a...

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Associate Director, College Counseling

Milton Academy seeks an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Associate Director of College Counseling to add to its current team consisting of a Dean of College Counseling, three Associate Directors of College Counseling and a full-time administrative assistant. The ideal...

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Social Media Manager/Video Content Producer

The Milton Academy Communications team is looking for a Social Media Manager / Video Content Producer to work with our team to support and manage the coordination and execution of our social media and digital initiatives. Someone who’s up to the challenge of sharing...

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Milton Math Team Achieves Perfection

Milton Math Team Achieves Perfection

Nobody’s perfect—unless you’re talking about the Milton Academy math team.

Milton’s math competitors have maintained a perfect score through months of competing at the New England Math League (NEML) this academic year. Currently, the school sits atop the NEML rankings, which includes both private and public schools. Math contests give students opportunities outside of the classroom to flex their analytical muscles while proudly representing Milton.

“We have a lot of good mathematicians on our team this year,” said Devan Agrawal ’25. “One thing that’s nice about the NEML is that you don’t have to learn a lot of new concepts. You have to practice critical thinking and creative problem solving, and I think Milton Academy students in general already shine with that.”

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Teaching the Fundamentals of Financial Literacy

Teaching the Fundamentals of Financial Literacy

“The future” can mean different things to teens: It could describe next weekend, or spring break, or college, or even a potential career path. 

One group of Milton students takes a decidedly long view that includes making sure that they (and others) are prepared financially for all the possibilities—college and housing costs, budgeting, building credit, saving, investing, retirement, and financial stability for their families. 

And planning for this future? The sooner you start, the better. The students’ passion for helping their peers and other young people achieve financial literacy has taken them from Milton to the Apple App Store and even the Massachusetts State House. 

To help young people learn financial literacy and investment principles, Hugo Eechaute ’24 created StockSense. The free app, aimed at users ages 15 to 21, teaches the basics through fun, easily accessible games. He’s gotten the app off the ground with the help of some Milton peers, including Simon Farruqui ’25, the COO of StockSense, and Isabella Alba ’26, its CFO.

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Middle School Softball Coach

The Middle School at Milton Academy is seeking a Softball coach for the spring season. Daily practices run from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. and game days are scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays. The season begins on March 4 and concludes on May 24. There are no weekend...

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Summer Camp Junior Counselor

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The summer camp junior counselor will be responsible for interacting with and overseeing camper groups throughout the day. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in and...

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Summer Camp Senior Counselor

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The summer camp senior counselor will be responsible for interacting with and overseeing camper groups throughout the day. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in and...

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Summer Camp Counselor in Training Program Director

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Counselor in Training program director will be responsible for planning and implementing our new Counselor in Training program. The CIT program director will have classroom or parallel...

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Summer Camp Activity Specialist

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Activity specialist will be responsible for planning and implementing engaging, age-appropriate programming each day. The activity specialist will have experience leading children in...

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Summer Camp Administrative Team Member

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Administrative team member will work closely with the camp director to ensure that day-to-day operations of camp run smoothly. The person in this role will have a wide variety of...

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Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

This year’s Graduation speaker is actor and educator Jason Bowen, Milton Academy Class of 2000. Born and raised in Boston, Bowen has performed on Broadway, television, and film. Bowen’s notable and previous credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway), Law...

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Join Our LinkedIn Community

Join Our LinkedIn Community

Looking to connect with fellow alumni? Have an exciting professional development to share? Join our Milton Academy Alumni group on LinkedIn to network with classmates and grow your professional connections.

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Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building

Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building

In 2014, Claire Hughes Johnson ’90 P ’24 ’27 left Google to become chief operating officer at a much smaller company, Stripe, which at the time had 160 employees and tens of millions of dollars in revenue. Now the company, which focuses on online commerce...

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Update Your Contact Information

Update Your Contact Information

The best way to stay connected to Milton and be sure you receive news and invitations to our featured events is to keep your contact information current. Update your contact information today at www.milton.edu/update.

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Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

This year’s Graduation speaker is actor and educator Jason Bowen, Milton Academy Class of 2000. Born and raised in Boston, Bowen has performed on Broadway, television, and film. Bowen’s notable and previous credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Upside (STX/Amazon), and Mother/Android (Miramax/Hulu). In 2012, Boston Magazine awarded Bowen “Best Actor” honors in its annual “Best of Boston” issue. 

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Early Dismissal and Cancellations, January 16, 2024

Milton Academy is dismissing early. All academic classes will end for the day at 2:15 p.m. All early buses will run as scheduled, but the school will not run a 6:00 p.m. bus. No afternoon activities, including extracurriculars or practices. The campus will also close...

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Chris Kane Named Prep Coach of the Year

Chris Kane Named Prep Coach of the Year

Great coaches, like great teachers, can have a life-changing positive impact on a young person. Milton Academy coaches focus not only on athletic excellence but the development of players as students and community members. 

One such coach is Chris Kane, head coach of Milton’s boys’ varsity soccer team, who has built a culture of development, positivity, inclusivity, and family—with great results. Coach Kane was named by the New England Soccer Journal as the Boys’ Prep Coach of the Year in its 2023 champions issue. He “did a masterful job preparing his squad throughout a season that resulted in a NEPSAC Class A championship, an Independent School League title, and a record of 19–1–2,” the journal wrote. Since 2011, his first year as head coach, Kane’s Mustangs have won four ISL championships and two NEPSAC Class A championships, had five undefeated regular seasons, and qualified for the Class A tournament every single year.

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Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building

Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building

CLAIRE HUGHES JOHNSON ’90 P ’24, ‘27 STRIPE PRESS In 2014, CLAIRE HUGHES JOHNSON ’90 P ’24 ’27 left Google to become chief operating officer at a much smaller company, Stripe, which at the time had 160 employees and tens of millions of dollars in revenue. Now the...

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K-5 Spanish Teacher (Leave Coverage)

Milton Academy seeks a Spanish language and culture educator to teach K-5 students in our Lower School. In addition to outstanding teaching ability, we seek an inquisitive, self-directed, and team-oriented teacher. This opportunity is to provide coverage for an...

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Grade 5 Teacher

Milton Academy seeks a grade 5 classroom teacher for the 2024-2025 school year. In addition to outstanding teaching ability, we seek an inquisitive, self-directed, and team-oriented teacher. Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Deeply committed to teaching...

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Don’t Forget to Invest in Milton This December

Don’t Forget to Invest in Milton This December

A gift to the Milton Fund, our school’s unrestricted current-use fund, is the simplest and most direct way to support Milton’s students and faculty. As the calendar year draws to a close, please make your Milton Fund gift to ensure the school can continue delivering...

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The Changing Landscape in College Admissions

The Changing Landscape in College Admissions

Laurén Carter, a noted author and college admissions expert, became Milton’s new dean of college counseling in July. Carter, who comes to Milton from the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., has decades’ worth of experience in independent school college...

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Support Milton Community Members

Support Milton Community Members

This holiday season, support fellow Milton Academy community members by browsing our Grads Gift Guide! We’re pleased to share gift ideas offered by Milton entrepreneurs, ranging from food and beverages to apparel and services. View the full gift guide at...

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Spring Events Preview

Spring Events Preview

This spring will feature several virtual and in-person events, including Milton in California, Florida, and Asia; the DEIJ Speaker Series featuring Farah Pandith ’86 and Llew Smith ’72; a Transitions Program Reunion: Celebrating 40 Years; Milton Night Out: Bowery Bar...

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Call for Alumni Affinity Space Members

Call for Alumni Affinity Space Members

Sign up today to find connection, support, and inspiration in one of Milton Academy’s alumni affinity spaces: Alums of Color, APIDA Alums, Black Alums, Jewish Alums, LatinX Alums, LGBTQ+ Alums, Muslim Alums, and White-Identifying Alums. Please note that this list is...

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Milton Senior Luke Witkowski Qualifies for U.S. Figure Skating Championship

Milton Senior Luke Witkowski Qualifies for U.S. Figure Skating Championship

Luke Witkowski ’24 knows a thing or two about balance.

For one thing, he’s a figure skater, which requires a tremendous amount of balance—not to mention strength, dedication, and precision. For another, he’s managing a competitive skating career while navigating a busy senior year at Milton. Preparing for competition at his level is a massive time commitment; he trains about five hours a day, five days per week.

“I sleep very well at night with all the run-throughs I do during the day,” he said.

Luke finished in the top four in the U.S. Pairs Final last month. He and his partner, Sofia Jarmoc, won first in the short program and third in the long program, qualifying them to compete in the Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January.

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Classics (Latin/Greek) Teacher

The Classics (Latin/Greek) language teacher fosters a dynamic and inclusive learning environment focused on innovative teaching practices and student engagement. The individual is also expected to actively support students, creating a positive classroom environment,...

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Jazz Teacher

The Upper School Jazz teacher plays a crucial role in leading the jazz program, offering innovative approaches to music education. The individual should be able to teach a wide range of topics such as creative improvisational music, digital music production, music...

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History Teacher (1 year position)

The History teacher fosters a dynamic and inclusive learning environment focused on innovative teaching practices and student engagement. The individual is also expected to actively support students, creating a positive classroom environment, and adjust teaching...

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History Teacher

The History teacher fosters a dynamic and inclusive learning environment focused on innovative teaching practices and student engagement. The individual is also expected to actively support students, create a positive classroom environment, and adjust teaching methods...

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Facilities Services Maintenance Technician

Milton Academy is an independent college preparatory K–12 school, boarding and day in grades 9–12, located eight miles south of Boston. Milton Academy cultivates in its students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Embracing diversity and the pursuit of...

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Campus Safety Officer

Campus Safety Officer About Our School Milton Academy is an independent college preparatory K–12 school, boarding and day in grades 9–12, located just outside of Boston. Milton Academy cultivates in our students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Milton...

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Groundskeeper

Milton Academy is an independent college preparatory K–12 school, boarding and day in grades 9–12, located just outside of Boston. Milton Academy cultivates in our students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Milton students grow by developing their own...

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Facilities Services Operations and Finance Coordinator

Milton Academy is an independent college preparatory K–12 school, boarding and day in grades 9–12, located just outside of Boston. Milton Academy cultivates in our students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Milton students grow by developing their own...

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Robotics Team Continues to Amaze

Robotics Team Continues to Amaze

This past weekend, members of Milton’s Robotics Team joined schools from across the United States and Canada to compete in the fifth annual WAVE tournament, a three-day Vex competition hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“With almost eighty teams, it is a truly competitive tournament, which sets it far apart from other events we have attended this year, so far,” says Hailey Coval (I). “It demands hard work, long hours, effort, commitment, creativity, practice, and talents.”

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Dr. Ilyon Woo P’25, Historian and NYT Best-Selling Author, Visits as Heywood Lecturer

Dr. Ilyon Woo P’25, Historian and NYT Best-Selling Author, Visits as Heywood Lecturer

This year, the History and Social Science Department hosted Dr. Ilyon Woo P’25 for the Henry R. Heyburn ’39 Lecture in History. The department tried a new model for the lecture; Dr. Woo spoke to American history students in an assembly November 9 and then visited individual classes to dive further into the content of her work as part of an in-house field trip. During the assembly, she shared her journey as a historical researcher and storyteller, from her early struggles to her New York Times best-selling book, Master Slave Husband Wife. On November 28, the Times named Master Slave Husband Wife one of its 10 Best Books of 2023.

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Unearthing a Time Capsule

Unearthing a Time Capsule

A time capsule, buried on November 14, 1998, to recognize Milton Academy’s bicentennial year, lay beneath the dirt near the Athletic and Convocation Center for the past 25 years. This month, Steve Zannino, Milton Academy’s associate director of grounds and event planning, and Geordie Dunnington, a member of the Physical Education Department faculty, who were there at its placement, brought it to the surface again. Students and faculty at the time enclosed letters and photos, VHS tapes, school publications, mix tapes, and more to commemorate Milton’s 200th year. Read more.

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Milton-Nobles Day

Milton-Nobles Day

We were thrilled to host Milton-Nobles Day back on Centre Street this fall! Celebrations kicked off with an exciting pep rally on Thursday, November 9, with the entire K–12 Milton community. Then, on Saturday, November 11, we welcomed alumni, families, and friends to...

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A Teacher First

A Teacher First

Alixe Callen ’88 can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a teacher. “Literally back to kindergarten, I knew that I would spend my life as an educator,” Callen said in an interview shortly after becoming Milton Academy’s 13th head of school. “As my life...

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Call for Class Notes

Call for Class Notes

Getting together with Milton friends over Thanksgiving week? We love to see Milton meetups! Reunion-year alum Jeff Marr ’04 returned to campus in October during Mustangs Care Month to speak to students about the importance of giving back. Class of 2004 classmates Josh...

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How to Succeed in Hollywood (While Really Trying)

How to Succeed in Hollywood (While Really Trying)

“It’s funny to say that a hashtag changed my life. But it’s true. A hashtag really did change my life,” says the Los Angeles-based screenwriter William Yu ’09. Yu made some waves in the Twitter world in 2016 when he launched an awareness campaign using the hashtag...

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New Role Announced for Upper School Principal Dr. Monica Benton Palmer in 2024-2025 Academic Year

Volunteer Opportunity: Affinity Space Co-Facilitators

Step forward and lead with us! Milton Academy alumni affinity spaces represent a mosaic of identities, including gender, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and race, and we're seeking alumni volunteers to serve as co-facilitators to guide their...

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The Art and Science of Group Work

The Art and Science of Group Work

Group work. Its mere mention is enough to prompt dread in even the most dedicated students and anxiety dreams for those long out of school. Entire Buzzfeed posts are devoted to bemoaning group assignments, and memes regularly circulate about group members who take on...

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Boston Alumni and Parents Reception

Boston Alumni and Parents Reception

On the evening of October 12, we welcomed generous donors, alumni, and parents into the newly renovated Wigglesworth Hall, home of the William C. Cox Library. Trustee Yeng Butler '92 P '25 '33 captured the essence of the night, remarking that it was not just a...

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Milton Student Films Shine at All-American Festival

Milton Student Films Shine at All-American Festival

Milton film students traveled to New York City for the All-American High School Film Festival, where two students, Yevgeniya Regent ’24 and Luke Witkowski ’24, had films accepted and shown. Yevgeniya’s documentary, “Prayer of the Birds” made it to the Best of Fest showing and was nominated for Best International Film and Best Documentary. 

Yevgeniya has earned accolades at several festivals for “Prayer of the Birds,” winning Best Picture and the Audience Choice Award at the Williston Northampton Film Festival and Best Film About a Social Issue in the Student World Impact Film Festival. The documentary chronicles the experience of a young Ukrainian refugee—Yevgeniya’s sister—as she adjusts to life in a new country. Luke’s film, “Bloodshed,” won Best Editing at the Williston Northampton Film Festival.

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Milton Robotics Excels in First Tournament

Milton Robotics Excels in First Tournament

Milton’s Robotics Team dominated at its first tournament of the 2023–2024 season, with one of its four robots placing first overall and first in skills out of more than 30 competitors. The 17 Milton students who competed at Saturday’s Massachusetts STEM Week VEX Robotics Competition “showed amazing sportsmanship,” celebrating the success of their peers and excitedly planning for their next tournament in November, said Chris Hales, chair of the Computer Science Department and Robotics Team coach. Two Milton’s robots finished sixth and seventh on the skills list. 

Milton robot 1898A finished as tournament champion and skills champion, double-qualifying for the Southern New England Regional Championship and placing 58th on the world skills ranking.

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Milton Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Milton Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Milton’s K–12 community welcomed Larry Spotted Crow Mann, an Indigenous speaker, writer, artist, and advocate, for its all-school programming Tuesday in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day.

Mr. Mann, a member of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts, shared music, language, games, and storytelling with students, as well as some of the history of the people who have lived in the region since well before European settlers arrived. He told students the preservation of traditions and cultures—in the face of systematic oppression—is a testament to the endurance and resilience of Indigenous peoples, who have passed down stories and practices through generations.

“Everything starts with a story,” said Mr. Mann. “We have a language that did not disappear because our grandparents, and their grandparents, and so on, made sure that we still have our words.”

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Dr. Alixe Callen Officially Installed as Head of School

Dr. Alixe Callen Officially Installed as Head of School

The Board of Trustees on Friday officially installed Dr. Alixe Callen ’88 as Milton Academy’s 13th head of school. 

In a ceremony attended by the entire K–12 community, Board members, faculty and students from all three academic divisions celebrated Dr. Callen’s installation. In her remarks, Dr. Callen emphasized her belief in Milton and schools in general as powerful drivers of good in the world. Thirty-five years after her own graduation from Milton, she said, “I feel like I’ve come home.”

“I have known since I was a kindergartener, just like you here in the front row, that I would be a teacher and that I would spend my life in schools,” Dr. Callen said. “My belief in the power of community started here at Milton, and it’s been a theme in my life and my work ever since. I have long believed that the most important work of schools is to teach students to be active, contributing, inclusive members of their communities.”

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Nesto Gallery Features Artists Michael Alfano and Erik Koeppel

Nesto Gallery Features Artists Michael Alfano and Erik Koeppel

Outside of the Art and Media Center, Michael Alfano has installed five of his surrealist sculptures in his exhibition titled Mind Made Visible. Mr. Alfano states: “I am sculptor and clay, both shaping and being shaped.” These sculptures will be on display through June of 2024.

In the Nesto Gallery—on the lower level of the Art and Media Center—painter Eric Koeppel presents his show, Landscape Painting in the American Tradition. Mr. Koeppel states: “In the act of painting, I have sought to discover that highest knowledge of Beauty, poetic and philosophical, that has been the common thread between all of the great masters of Art.” This exhibit runs in the Gallery through November 2.

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Dining Services Expands Plant-Powered Offerings

Dining Services Expands Plant-Powered Offerings

Milton has begun offering more “plant-powered” meals in Forbes Dining Hall, thanks to the advocacy of the student Sustainability Board and in partnership with Aramark, the school’s Dining Services vendor.

Melanie Forney ’24, Gus Vogel ’25, and Juni Brewster ’25 worked for the past year to expand the dining hall’s plant-based offerings, said Linnea Engstrom, a Science Department faculty member and Milton’s sustainability coordinator. Historically, the dining hall has offered a plant-powered meal during Earth Week.

“Eating less meat has a large impact on the environment,” Engstrom said. “The livestock sector is one of the leading causes of deforestation and there are a large number of resources needed to raise meat, both through land use in growing crops for the livestock to eat and drinking water for them. There is also livestock waste, which can pollute water sources.”

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Full Circle

Full Circle

In 1971, Rod Skinner ’72 was among the Milton students who carried the school’s book collection from Straus Library across Centre Street to the brand-new William Coburn Cox Library. Recently, Skinner helped move the final few books back across the street as Cox...

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Save The Date for Reunion 2024

Save The Date for Reunion 2024

Calling all class years ending in 4 and 9! Mark your calendar. Connect with friends. Make your next Milton memory by joining us Friday, June 14–Saturday, June 15! Details and registration information to follow. In the meantime, check out your class page to connect...

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Volunteer Opportunity: Affinity Space Co-Facilitators

Volunteer Opportunity: Affinity Space Co-Facilitators

We are currently seeking alumni volunteers to serve as co-facilitators in our alumni affinity spaces. As a co-facilitator, you will serve as a liaison between Milton Academy and space participants. You and your co-facilitator(s) schedule, plan, and execute affinity...

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The ninety-third Gratwick concert

The ninety-third Gratwick concert

The ninety-third Gratwick concert took place on Thursday, September 14. The Gratwick Concert Fund was established by Dr. Mitchell Gratwick in memory of his wife, Katharine Perkins Gratwick. She was a cellist and graduate of the Class of 1924.Through Dr. Gratwick’s...

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Coming Soon to Your Inbox

Coming Soon to Your Inbox

Exciting news! We're streamlining our communications to keep you updated without overwhelming your inbox. Look out for our new biweekly email, Engage@Milton, where you'll find upcoming event details and more. Stay connected with us at...

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Convocation 2023: “Dare to be True” as a Community

Convocation 2023: “Dare to be True” as a Community

Sharing messages celebrating strength in supportive communities, this year’s Convocation speakers challenged Milton students to “Dare to be true” to one another and the world at large. 

Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year for the Upper School. Students heard remarks from Head of School Dr. Alixe Callen ’88, Director of Restorative Justice Suzanne DeBuhr, co-Head Monitors Katherine Risden ’24 and Chris Amodeo ’24, and Principal Dr. Monica Benton Palmer. 

Dr. Callen recalled starting at Milton as a sophomore: Coming from a small school in her New York hometown where she had been a standout student, she struggled initially. The other girls in Goodwin House already had strong bonds with one another and classes were much more challenging. Once she opened up and shared her vulnerability, the support she received from fellow students and her teachers helped immeasurably, she said.

“What saved me in those beginning months were the people, faculty, staff, and friends who watched out for me,” Dr. Callen said. “When I opened myself up to help and support from the community, when I admitted things were hard, when I allowed myself to cry, things got better. And that’s the power of community. My belief in the power of community started here at Milton, and it’s been a theme in my life and my work ever since.” 

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Fall Opportunities in Performing Arts

Fall Opportunities in Performing Arts

Class IV Follies: Monsters Among Us
Milton Academy Performing Arts invites actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and those interested in tech theatre from Class IV to join the Class IV Follies. The Follies is an annual tradition where Class IV performers and crew come together to create a unique showcase of their talents for the entire Milton community. No experience is necessary and all interested students will be featured. This year’s Follies, Monsters Among Us, will incorporate monster-themed scenes and songs handpicked for each performer. Behind the scenes, tech crew members will be designing, building, and painting the sets and props to create an equally monstrous world.

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A Gift With a Plan

A Gift With a Plan

As John Coburn ’59 approaches his 65th Reunion next year, he reflects fondly on his Milton experience. “I liked all of my teachers, classmates, and coaches, and those connections are still going,” says John. “There were twenty-five of us who went on to Harvard together and remained friends. I still go to all of my reunions!” When Milton Academy presented John with the opportunity to join the Forbes Goodwin Society by using proceeds from the sale of a family summer house to create a charitable remainder trust (CRT), he knew it was a great opportunity to give back to Milton. 

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Investing in Math at Milton

Investing in Math at Milton

This fall, Cox Library will relocate to a newly renovated space in Wigglesworth Hall, which will clear the way for a renovation of the existing space for math. The new Farokhzad Math Center will be transformed into a cutting-edge facility that will breathe new life into how math is delivered and experienced at Milton, both in and out of the classroom. Trustee Justin Walsh ’99 was involved in early conversations about the need for a new space for math, and his leadership and philanthropic support are playing a vital role in making this project possible. He shares, “Math was always my favorite subject at Milton, it was my major in college, and it is foundational in my career in investing. I am very excited to have a front-row seat to this project unfolding in the coming year.”

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Caring for the Whole Family

Caring for the Whole Family

When Alok Kapoor P ’32 and his wife chose Milton for their daughter, they were most impressed by the school’s holistic educational approach that prepares children to be well-rounded, well-intended, and productive leaders. Little did they know, this holistic approach would extend far beyond academics for their family. Within a year of enrolling at Milton, their daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, and Alok’s wife passed away. Immediately, Lower School faculty rallied around the family, building a support network that would ensure Alok’s daughter would make it through the difficult days ahead.

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2022–2023 Donor and Volunteer Impact Report

2022–2023 Donor and Volunteer Impact Report

For 225 years, Milton Academy has fostered critical thinkers and changemakers, all under the guidance of world-class faculty and staff. Thanks to donors investing in Milton, we will continue to do so for years to come. We are excited to share with you some of the many...

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Update Your Contact Information

Update Your Contact Information

The best way to stay connected to Milton and be sure you receive news and invitations to our featured events is to keep your contact information current. Update your contact information today at https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1769091/1741325.

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Fall Events Preview

Fall Events Preview

This fall will feature several virtual and in-person events, including Milton-Nobles Day at Milton, receptions in New York and Boston, Milton Night Out: Boston Bowl, a live stream of the 93rd Gratwick Concert, and much more. Stay tuned and visit our Upcoming Events...

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Register Now to Join Milton Academy on Cape Cod

Register Now to Join Milton Academy on Cape Cod

Join Milton on August 26 for a captivating journey through the breathtaking Heritage Museums and Gardens. Stay on site after your tour for a boxed picnic lunch, adding a touch of deliciousness to our day of enchantment. Discounted tickets are available to 1798 Circle...

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Board of Trustees’ Charge to Head of School Dr. Alixe Callen ’88

Dear Members of the Milton Community,

I am thrilled that Dr. Alixe Callen has begun her tenure as Milton’s 13th head of school!

As the Board of Trustees, we seek to align with the head of school on her priorities and also to perform our primary role—which is to partner with her as the leader of the institution—by offering guidance and support as we ultimately hold her accountable for achieving the school’s goals. During a leadership change, it is considered a best practice for a governing board to communicate its “charge” to a new head, setting expectations on both sides for the start of her tenure.

In the interest of transparency—and recognizing that an excellent school is the product of collaboration and effort by all members of the faculty and staff, students, families, and alumni—included below is our letter to Dr. Callen as well as her response.  

Alixe has exceptional qualifications as an educator and school leader and I hope you will join me and the Board in the warmest of welcomes as we continue to make Milton Academy the best possible community for our students.

Sincerely,

Claire Hughes Johnson ’90
President, Milton Academy Board of Trustees 

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Advancement Year in Review

Advancement Year in Review

2022–2023 was an exciting year for Milton. The incredible generosity of 3,074 alumni, parents, students, and friends provided more than $12.6 million in support for Milton Academy. Together, our community contributed an incredible $6.1 million to the Milton Fund to...

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The Results Are In

The Results Are In

Thank you to the 536 generous donors who made a Milton Fund gift and shared wonderful memories on our shout-out board during the Shout-Out to Todd Challenge this June. Because of your support, the Milton Fund earned $75,000 from our generous anonymous challenger! Take...

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Celebrating Our Board of Trustees

Celebrating Our Board of Trustees

Milton recently had the chance to celebrate the contributions of four Board of Trustees members whose terms have come to an end: Douglas Crocker II ’58, Eleanor “Tabi” Haller-Jorden ’75 P ’09, Elizabeth B. Katz ’04, William A. Knowlton P ’23, and Sylvia Westphal P ’18...

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Reunion: Highlights from 2023 and Save the Date for 2024

Reunion: Highlights from 2023 and Save the Date for 2024

On Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17, 521 graduates and guests joined us for an unforgettable weekend! The weather may not have always cooperated, but it did not put a damper on our spirits. Please take a few moments to visit www.milton.edu/reunion to relive some...

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Head of School Leaves Lasting Imprint

Head of School Leaves Lasting Imprint

Todd Bland’s successful tenure as Milton’s head of school is the result of a unique blend of talents, says former Board of Trustees President Lisa Donohue ’83. I still remember the moment as if it were yesterday. Spring of 2008, and I was a new trustee at Milton...

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Register today for Milton at Tanglewood on July 30

Register today for Milton at Tanglewood on July 30

Harmonious notes await! Register today to attend Milton at Tanglewood Music Festival on July 30. Join us for lunch hosted by former trustee Dottie Weber ’60 P ’04 as you mix and mingle with the Milton community. Enjoy a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra,...

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A Fresh Start for a Family Business

A Fresh Start for a Family Business

When the Sicilian-born Joseph DeLuca took over ownership of the Charles Street fruit and grocery store, in the 1930s, a gallon of milk cost about 32 cents and a loaf of bread 6 cents. Almost 100 years later, his great-nieces, Caroline Aiello ’98 and Victoria Aiello...

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