Academic News

The First Few Days

first-days-20180904_39Our opening of school programs are geared toward helping everyone get acclimated—to feel confident about who and where they are. During the opening of school, all students—new and returning, boarding and day—will engage with each other, faculty and staff. Each person at our School contributes to the Milton environment in big and small ways every day.

Programs for new Upper School students are planned with careful consideration of what being new to Milton feels like and what experiences will be helpful in the first few days. Interactions during orientation focus on a number of themes important to life at Milton. While students will spend some time learning the logistics of life at School, most of the time they will be meeting peers and anticipating certain key experiences. We help incoming students understand what they should expect at Milton and get a feel for what our school culture aims to be: how much their different life experiences and personal identities make this an outstanding place; how talented their classmates are; how to manage academic challenges; how to engage in a community that brings together members of communities from around the world; how to keep their parents in the loop while they become more independent; and how to participate fully in a school where choices exceed the time available. These ideas, coupled with advice from current students, advisors and deans, are extremely valuable for successfully navigating Milton Academy.

For a complete opening of school schedule, visit the opening of school calendar. Links to your child’s opening of school schedule will also be posted in your myMilton account. 

Transition Program—All New Upper School Students and Families
Milton’s programming for new students and parents runs from Saturday, August 31 to Monday, September 2. Milton’s Transition Program, our required orientation for all students and families new to the Upper School, includes activities designed to help develop an understanding of the community we strive to build, the many people who make up our School, the partnerships, and the individual contributions we all make to help form this dynamic learning environment. The Transition Program creates opportunities for students to explore and share their individual identities within our diverse community, build connections with others, and practice effective ways of communicating and learning across difference. Students will participate in diversity, equity and inclusion workshops, and will have the opportunity to participate in affinity spaces with others who share aspects of their identities. All new students, boarding and day, will stay overnight in the dormitories during the Transition Program. A one-day parent program will be held Saturday, August 31. 

The Transition Program schedule is as follows: 

Saturday, August 31
9:30 a.m. All new boarding students arrive and move into permanent houses (please note the new time)
10:30 a.m. All new day students arrive and move into assigned houses for the duration of the Transition Program, which runs through 3 p.m. on Monday
12–4:30 p.m. Parent programming

Sunday, September 1
New student programming continues

Monday, September 2
New student programming continues until 3 p.m. New day families can pick up their students at 3 p.m. on Monday if they are not participating in afternoon activities.

Schedule for September 2–6
The date and time that students should arrive on campus will vary due to a variety of program offerings that we provide students in the days leading up to the start of classes. Please read the following carefully and refer to the Upper School calendar to plan your arrival. Please note that all Class IV students are considered new students for opening of school programming. Kindly note that returning boarding students will NOT be allowed to move into the houses prior to MONDAY, September 2. 

Note: Bus service for the Upper School begins on Wednesday, September 4. Day students required to be on campus for activities and athletics are responsible for getting themselves to and from campus on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday, September 2, between 1–3 p.m.
Boarding varsity athletes
Boarding athletes who will play football or try out for varsity level field hockey, soccer, or volleyball may move into their houses on Monday, September 2, between 1–3 p.m. Students wishing to participate in any level of cross country should note that practices begin on Tuesday, September 3, at 3 p.m.

Monday, September 2, beginning at 3 p.m.
All varsity athletes
Football (all levels) and tryouts for varsity level field hockey, soccer, and volleyball begin on Monday, September 2, from 3–6 p.m.

All other boarding students
All other boarding students—with the exception of student-athletes—may move into houses on Monday, September 2, beginning at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3
Varsity athletes and Classes I-III performing arts students
Football (all levels) and tryouts for varsity level field hockey, soccer, and volleyball continue on Tuesday, September 3, from 8:30–11 a.m. and again from 3:15–5:45 p.m. Performing arts auditions will take place during those same time frames. Technical theatre activities will take place from 3:15–5:45 p.m.

All boarding students – required programming
All boarding students will participate in required programming throughout the day on Tuesday, September 3.

Wednesday, September 4
All returning day students
Registration opens at 8 a.m. Required programming for all students—day and boarding—will run from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. 

Please note: Day students who are not participating in fall co-curriculars are not expected on campus prior to Wednesday morning.

Varsity athletes and Classes I-III performing arts students
Football (all levels) and tryouts for varsity level field hockey, soccer, and volleyball continue on Wednesday, September 4, from 8–10 a.m. and again from 3:15–5:45 p.m.Performing arts auditions will take place during those same time frames. Technical theatre activities will take place from 3:15–5:45 p.m.

Third team and junior varsity athletes
Third team practices and junior varsity athletic tryouts begin at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4.

Thursday, September 5
Required programming for all students begins at 8 a.m. will run throughout the day.

All athletes and performing arts students
Practices for all sports at all levels and performing arts rehearsals begin at 3:15 p.m.

Friday, September 6
Classes begin. Convocation will take place in the morning and students are expected to wear semi-formal attire.

Weekend Activities
In addition to athletic games and matches, the student activities office plans fun activities every weekend throughout the academic year. All students—boarding and day—are invited to join in the evening activities on Friday and Saturday nights. 

During the First Few Days of School, Where Can I…

…find the schedule of the first few days?

The deans’ office has created an online calendar listing events specific to the first few days of school. This calendar displays all events and allows you to filter the information to only the events you need to see. View this calendar of the first few days of school. Your child’s schedule will also be available on your myMilton page.

…get my class schedule?

Class schedules can be accessed from your child’s myMilton portal in late August, pending completion of all required forms. If your child is unable to view or print their schedule from myMilton during registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 617-898-2572.

…submit my health forms?

Upper School students will not receive their schedules until all health forms are submitted and approved. All health forms must be submitted to your Magnus Health account, as the School no longer accepts paper forms. If you have not yet submitted your child’s health forms, you should have received an email reminder. If you require assistance with accessing your Magnus Health account, please email the health center at

…buy my textbooks?

You may purchase textbooks and other required supplies in Wigglesworth Hall from Friday, August 30 through Wednesday, September 4. Hours for buying books in Wigglesworth Hall are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday. You can also order your textbooks online once your child has received their course schedule, and we encourage you to do so, at If ordering online, please remember to place the order in the name of the student. You will pick up your pre-ordered books in Wigglesworth Hall during the opening of school. The bookstore in the lower level of Warren Hall will be open throughout orientation, and you can purchase Milton clothing and gifts items there.

…find information about banking?

Banking representatives will be on campus during registration.

…get my student identification card?

Students may pick up their student identification cards at check-in in the Schwarz Student Center.

…get my bus identification?

Students may pick up their bus identification tags at check-in in the Schwarz Student Center.


Where do I find…

…a list of courses?

The Course Catalogue (At, select “Course Catalogue” from the “Academics” dropdown menu)

…timely School news and features for parents?

Centre Connection, the online parents’ newsletter (At, select “Parents’ Newsletter” from the “Parents” dropdown menu.)

…a calendar and information about Milton events?

Milton’s online calendar (At, select “Upper School Calendar” from the “News” dropdown menu.)

…an athletics schedule?

Milton’s online athletics calendar (At, select “Athletics Calendar” from the “Athletics” dropdown menu.)

…my child’s house head’s name and telephone number?

The faculty-student directory in myMilton. (Click on “House Numbers” in the lower left corner.)

…information about homework expectations?

The Milton Academy Student Handbook (At, select “Student Handbook” from the “Parents” dropdown menu.)


What is an Advisor?

advisor-20190516_026An advisor helps oversee and guide your child’s overall experience at Milton. They are a faculty or staff member, and the main communication link between you and the School on matters that relate to your child. Each advisor typically advises six to eight students and many students often have the same advisor throughout their Upper School experience.

What should I expect of my child’s relationship with their advisor?

All Milton advisors want to help students maximize their opportunities for academic and personal growth at Milton. Every advisor is committed to getting to know each advisee and to their success as an individual at Milton Academy. Your child should feel comfortable reaching out to their advisor for information, support or ideas. Advisors typically meet and talk with their advisees frequently—in a group or individually, depending on their respective schedules. Advisors will either be able to answer your child’s questions (or your own) about School policies, academic and otherwise, or find the correct answers and get back to your child or you. If a student is involved in any academic or disciplinary difficulty, the advisor is their adult guide. Some students develop close relationships with their advisors; other students develop those same close relationships with other faculty members. In any case, an advisor is a responsive person always willing to listen, support and help direct an advisee.

What should I expect from my child’s advisor?

You can expect to be able to turn to the advisor for a sense of your child’s life at Milton, to get an adult perspective on how your child is doing, relative to the challenges of growing up and taking responsibility for their learning and experience at Milton. You can expect that the advisor will know about regulations, policies and typical patterns of teenagers as they respond to the particular demands of each year in high school. The advisor will write summary reports about your child’s progress in November, February and June. You can expect that an advisor will reach out to you during the first weeks that your student is new to Milton, and thereafter, as well, when the need to let you know about something affecting your child arises. Conversely, if you reach out to the advisor, by phone or email, the advisor will get back to you. The advisor can tell you who to talk to at Milton about any issues that arise. The advisor’s central relationship is with the student—but the advisor works in partnership with parents as well, to assure the best possible experience at Milton.

What is my responsibility to the advisor?

Relevant information about a student always helps an advisor relate better or help a child more. If family or developmental issues could affect a child’s experience at School, then be sure to tell the advisor. If you observe patterns that trouble you, whether your child lives at Milton or at home, speak to the advisor about them. If your family is facing a challenge, let the student’s advisor know. If you have a question, and do not know where to direct your question, start with your child’s advisor.

What is a class dean?

The class deans assume overall responsibility for members of each class. The class deans supplement, but do not replace, a student’s individual advisor. Class deans coordinate the work of all the advisors guiding students in a given class. They are responsible for supervising class activities. Class deans also work with student leaders to plan class events and to establish positive and respectful relationships within the class. Parents should feel free to call the class deans at any time.

Volunteer for the Community Engagement Program

ceppThe Community Engagement program depends on volunteer drivers to get students to and from their weekly commitments at off-campus partner sites. Parents have been a tremendous help in making volunteer work possible for more than 250 dedicated students each year.

Partner sites include area public elementary schools, day care centers, elder centers, and residences for the disabled. Over the years, drivers have enjoyed getting to know students, as they share enriching or thought-provoking anecdotes of each week’s volunteer engagements. Some have made it an opportunity to spend time with their own children and their friends, while others have joined in the regular site activities.

If you’re interested in helping in this way, please contact Andrea Geyling-Moore, director of Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP), at or 617-898-2320. Most round trips from campus take between 20 and 30 minutes. If you can drive a group to the site and pick them up as well, we’d be most grateful. With time in between (for errands or joining in on-site engagement) the total weekly time commitment would span between one and two hours. If you’d rather help on occasional weekends, as a weekday substitute, or on a weekly basis later in the year, please let us know. Parents interested in volunteering with CEPP must undergo background checks, per School policy.

For more details about all programs, visit the Community Engagement page. Students can see what opportunities will be available in the coming year—both one-time events, and descriptions of our weekly partner sites.

Would You Like To Be A Host Family?

Milton’s Host Family Program helps new boarding students transition to campus life by providing a “home away from home,” and offering additional connection and support. While the program is particularly helpful to international students, it also serves students coming to Milton from other parts of the United States. Milton’s host families, often the family of a day student or nearby boarding student, help make that transition, especially in the initial years, easier. We also welcome alumni and the parents of former students as host families. The support our host families provide may be as simple as a plate of cookies or an invitation to spend a holiday or weekend with the family off campus. The program is flexible, based on a student’s need and what a particular family is able to provide. The program is a wonderful opportunity to share in the diverse community of the School, and your involvement can help establish new and enriching relationships.

If you would like to host students or if you are the parent of a boarding student and are interested in connecting your child with a local host family, please contact Tasha Otenti at or 617-898-2426. Families interested in becoming host families will be subject to background checks, per School policy.

Does Your Child Plan to Ride the Bus?


The Academy has contracted with Local Motion to meet our day student transportation needs for grades 6 through 12. There are four routes offered – NEWTON ROUTE (Chestnut Hill/Newton/Brookline), WELLESLEY ROUTE (Wellesley/Needham), DOVER ROUTE (South Natick/Dover/ Needham/Dedham), CAMBRIDGE ROUTE (Boston/Cambridge). Download the bus schedule for additional details. Please note that there are three days during the school year that the bus runs on an alternative schedule in order to accommodate opening of school activities. These dates are outlined below.

All students are dropped off each morning in the upper facilities parking lot behind Academy Road. In the afternoon, students may board the bus on Academy Road.

You will be billed for the service with your September month-end statement. All students registered for the bus will be issued a route specific Bus Identification Tag, which can be picked up at registration during the first two days of school. Tags must be affixed to the student’s backpack so that the bus drivers can verify a student is registered.

Please note that there is a $150 cancellation fee for cancelling the bus service prior to the start of school. As a result of a fixed, full-year contract with the service provider, the Academy cannot refund cancelled half-year or one-direction passes after the start of school. Students who purchase full-year, round trip passes, but whose circumstances after the start of school require them to make other transportation arrangements, are eligible for a 40% refund if service is cancelled by November 1, 2019.

To request bus service, please complete the online registration form by August 15.

Please complete one form per student. If you have any questions about bus registration, please contact Mandi Hanson at

The following rates apply for the 2019–2020 academic year:

Full year, round trip: $2,955
Full year, one way: $2,035
First half year, round trip: $2,035
Second half year, round trip: $2,035

One-way trip passes (each) are available at the Milton Academy bookstore for $13.50.


School Bus Regulations

  • Registered bus students must present their bus ID (affixed to their backpack) each time they board the bus. If the registered student does not have their bus ID, they must provide their name and signature on the sign-in sheet, along with a reason for not having the required identification. Students who do not have their bus identification tag more than five times during each semester may be charged a processing fee of $10 each time they board the bus without their ID. Replacement bus identification tags can be ordered through Mandi Hanson at A $15 fee will be charged to the student’s account to cover the cost of replacement.
  • Non-registered students may ride the bus using a one-time/one-way ride pass (available for purchase at the bookstore). Students will present the pass to the bus driver and sign the daily pass sheet each time they ride the bus. Students who do not have a one-time/one-way pass must sign in with the driver. Students riding without this pass will have their student Incidental Account (IA account) charged $20 each time they ride the bus without the pass.
  • Students should arrive at least 5 minutes ahead of their scheduled pickup time to ensure the bus remains on schedule. This also applies for the afternoon bus run. This flex time is due to traffic and weather conditions.
  • The bus has a schedule to meet and cannot wait for late students. The bus will depart promptly after the scheduled pick-up time. Should a student miss the bus, parents must find alternative means of transporting their child to school.
  • Bus times and locations are typically changed for special days, such as the opening of school and the start of school vacations. Students should pay close attention and look for those announcements via email and during morning assemblies.
  • Should an off-campus pick-up or drop-off location change, the School will communicate the change to those families affected.

Alternative schedule days (opening of school):

September 4: 2 p.m. bus for Middle School students, 6 p.m. ONLY bus for Upper School students (no 4 p.m. bus)
September 5 & 6: 2 p.m. bus for Middle School students, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. bus for Upper School students

Centre Connection

Centre Connection, Milton's online newsletter for parents, is published five times each year through the efforts of the Milton Academy Communication Office and Parents' Association volunteers.

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