True to our mission, Milton cultivates in students a love for approaching intellectual challenge with curiosity, creativity and confidence. Throughout their lives, Milton graduates will rely on knowledge of the world and on intellectual and personal skills that they developed here. At Milton, the fullness of learning happens both in and beyond the classroom, in active engagement with adults and a diverse student community, where the focus is on character as well as competence. To encourage lives of vitality, Milton should foster responsibility, reward resilience, and encourage initiative. Every adult should encourage intellectual flexibility and perseverance as well as affirm the value of commitment and understanding. Our curriculum must balance innovation and creativity with enduring strength in academic disciplines and skills. Milton’s educational program must be open to change while maintaining strength and purpose. Evaluating ourselves routinely and creating relevant change is the right approach for Milton, focusing on long-term excellence above short-term trends.
We will realize our vision for the Milton educational program through articulating a framework of competencies; continually renewing our curriculum; creating a more consistent and comprehensive approach to advising; and building on the strength of our efforts in character and leadership education.
- Articulate a framework of competencies—those areas for learning and development that frame our curriculum, express our educational values, and define areas of mastery for our students. The framework will include cognitive, intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies.
- The most effective institutional and pedagogical response to change and the emerging needs of students is the quality and relevance of our curriculum. We will consistently and rigorously renew our curriculum, K–12, relying on our faculty—in dialogue with each other and with educational leaders outside Milton. Within the next three years, complete a comprehensive curriculum renewal that includes all disciplines and curriculum strands, Upper School and K–8, as well as particular School-wide themes.
- When advisors are well prepared and positioned they can be singularly powerful. Advisors can integrate the academic, social and emotional development of students. We will significantly strengthen Milton’s advising program and centralize advising in a student’s experience at Milton. We will define the advisor’s role more clearly, and both prepare and empower advisors to guide their students most effectively. Similarly, we will better define positive and developmentally appropriate partnerships with parents, recognizing their valuable insights and perspectives. We intend to strengthen our engagement with parents, including parents of boarding students, since advisors at Milton serve in loco parentis.
- Young people must develop awareness of themselves, their communities, and the world around them. Essential skills for an active Milton education include being able to articulate vision and direction, build teams, facilitate cooperation and collaboration, and incorporate the perspectives of others. Building on our existing efforts in this area, and considering students’ emerging needs, Milton will develop new approaches to character and leadership development among students.