Our Programs and Curriculum
At Milton, we continually review and refresh curriculum, both longstanding and beloved units, as well as fresh, recent innovations. We want curriculum to explore our changing world, its people, and the relationships that connect us all. Faculty members use professional development grants each summer to expand their curriculum content and include cross-cultural threads and opportunities. Examples of particular curriculum experiences, in each grade, include:
- In Kindergarten, students learn about themselves and each other—their appearances, their families, and how to be part of a School community.
- Grade 1 investigates economic class as they explore careers, homes, and homelessness.
- Grade 2 students learn about Mexican and Japanese cultures; study families—their own and other family structures; and learn strategies for successful conflict resolution.
- Grade 3 students focus on their own backgrounds and family histories, as well as the impact of immigration in the Unites States, studying cities and urban environments.
- Grade 4 studies the major world religions—Christianity, Judaism and Islam—and enjoys a rich arts curriculum that helps them learn about a broad array of visual artists.
- Grade 5 focuses on civil rights from a global point of view, which includes the United States movement of the 1960s, through study of literature, music and art.
- Migration is a theme in Grade 6. Students complete “personal roots” projects and learn about native cultures of North and South America.
- In Grade 7, students study class, labor and food scarcity—and culminate their work in an integrated capstone project. They also discuss gender stereotypes and learn about their own changing lives through literature which they study in gender-based English classrooms.
- Grade 8 students study civil rights in the United States and around the world, including an introduction to democracy and modern-day South Africa.
Weekly K–5 assemblies involve students in new experiences and provide a venue for sharing their work and learning. Assemblies highlight multicultural units, such as our Grade 2 family assembly and Grade 4 living arts exhibition. Students have also learned, through their assemblies, about performing art traditions in Egypt and India, and they have heard from storytellers and musicians with a global focus.
Beginning in Grade 4, Milton offers optional opportunities for students to discuss contemporary social issues. These groups rely on open dialogue as they explore identity, social justice, and diversity.
- CAFE (Cultural Awareness for Everyone) is the Middle School’s weekly, lunchtime discussion group, focused on examining issues of diversity. CAFE provides a safe and structured place for students to share their experiences and ask questions about complicated concepts. Students develop skills to talk about these topics in sensitive and productive ways.
- Students of Color Affinity Group creates a space for students of color (grades 6–8) to gather twice a month for fellowship, connection, and a sense of unity with one another. Our Students of Color Affinity Group was founded in 2011 and allows students to share stories of successes, challenges, helpful resources and important experiences.
- ROAR (Reflecting on Anti-Racism) is an after-school discussion group for students in grades 6–8. ROAR provides an opportunity for white students, who identify in the racial majority at Milton, to consider their own racial identity and learn how to act in supportive and open ways.
Our curriculum is alive, responsive and evolving. We are always looking for opportunities to expand our work in areas of multiculturalism. Recently, Milton was host to more than 200 New England middle school students at the AISNE Students of Color Conference, and students travel each year to the AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference.