Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept applications for all grade levels, Kindergarten through Grade 8?
We accept applications for Kindergarten through Grade 7. Our planned entry points are Kindergarten (approximately 24 new students), Grade 4 (approximately 8 new students), Grade 6 (approximately 13 new students), and Grade 7 (approximately 10 new students) but spaces in other grades may become available. We do not accept applications for Grade 8.
How often do spaces become available in Grades 1, 2, 3 and 5, the non-entry point years?
We do not know from year to year what spaces may become available in these grades. While we ask our families to complete the re-enrollment process by February of the current school year, parents sometimes find out later that their child will not be returning to Milton Academy for a variety of reasons. In an increasingly mobile society, it more frequently happens that one or two spaces become available in non-entry point grades; in order for a candidate to be considered for any opening, he or she needs to have completed the application process by the January 15 deadline.
What are the age requirements for applicants?
The age requirements for students applying for admission to the 2024–2025 academic year are as follows:
Kindergarten – born by 9/1/19
Grade 1 – born by 9/1/18
Grade 2 – born by 9/1/17
Grade 3 – born by 9/1/16
Grade 4 – born by 9/1/15
Grade 5 – born by 9/1/14
Grade 6 – born by 9/1/13
Grade 7 – born by 9/1/12
Students must be 5 by September 1 to be eligible for enrollment. We know that different schools have different age requirements or ways of organizing grade levels. Therefore, some applicants may be in a grade level other than their age requires at Milton Academy. If you have specific questions, the admission office will be happy to discuss your situation with you. Based on developmental considerations, however, we have a strong preference for keeping students with their chronological peer group.
What qualities does Milton Academy look for in a student?
- Curious, enthusiastic, and eager to learn
- Willing to take risks
- Accepting and appreciative of differences
- Focused and motivated
- Increasingly self-reliant and independent while also being able to work collaboratively and share ideas, strategies and information
- Thoughtful, kind, respectful of others
We also strive to build a class of students that is cooperative, collegial and rich in variations: balanced in terms of gender, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, culture and geography.
How do you evaluate applicants?
We get to know each child in a variety of ways, and as thoroughly as possible, during the admission process. No one piece of information is determinative: each part contributes to our overall understanding of your child. The admission process consists of parent interview, student interview and questionnaire for grades 6–7, review of prior school records and any standardized test results (depending on age), evaluations from current teachers, a formal application including family information, and a group visit by the applicant (Kindergarten and Grade 4 only). We also consider each candidate’s social and emotional readiness for our program at all grade levels. In some cases, the admission office may request additional information if we feel more information is necessary to make an informed decision.
What happens during the Lower School interview?
For students applying to Kindergarten or Grade 4, the required interview is for parent(s)/guardian(s) only. Parents will meet with an admission counselor for approximately 45 minutes. During this time we will get to know your family, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
What happens during the Middle School student and parent interview?
Student interviews are conducted for students applying to Grades 6 or 7 only. An admission officer will meet first with the student, giving us a chance to get to know them. This also gives the student an opportunity to reflect on Milton Academy and ask any remaining questions they may have. After we finish talking to the student, we will invite the parent(s)/guardian(s) for their interview. Interviews are approximately 45 minutes total in length.
What will my child’s group visit be like?
Upon receipt of an application, Kindergarten and Grade 4 applicants will be scheduled for a group visit. The Group Visit is an essential part of the admission process. It provides an opportunity for the prospective students to learn more about Milton, and for our admission officers to get to know each applicant.
Please note that this visit can be waived for applicants who are applying from out of state or internationally.
What if I live out of the state or country?
Milton welcomes applications from families who are considering relocating. Please be aware that we do not offer boarding in Grades K–8. We look forward to interviewing you either in person or on Zoom!
What feedback will I receive about my child during the admission process?
Is Milton Academy a diverse community?
Yes. Milton Academy is committed to diversity and welcomes the opportunity to consider all qualified applicants. Our School is greatly enriched by the racial, ethnic, socio-economic and religious diversity within our community. Acceptance and appreciation of differences is a cornerstone of our philosophy, our curriculum, and our way of life at Milton.
Learn more about diversity in the Middle School and the Lower School.
What is your policy concerning admission for siblings of current students?
What is the cost for the 2023–2024 school year?
The tuition rates for the 2023–2024 school year are as follows:
Grades 6–8 – $62,550
Grades 4–5 – $48,550
Grades 1–3 – $44,950
Kindergarten – $42,950
Middle school tuitions includes tuition insurance, lunch, all books and supplies, a school-issued Chromebook, use of athletic uniforms & equipment, the after school homework program, field trips (including the 8th grade overnight trip), and social events.
Lower school tuitions includes tuition insurance, morning snack, lunch, all books and supplies, a school-issued iPad or Chromebook (as applicable by grade), field trips, and social events.
Parents/guardians may choose to enroll their students in other, optional programs at Milton Academy for which families will be charged a fee, including but not limited to: daily bus service to and from school, music lessons, the after school program (lower school only), and enrichment clubs (lower school only).
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available and awarded based on need. All financial aid information is strictly confidential. Admission applications are read without regard for a family’s ability to pay. Only in the final phase is the selection process “need aware,” as the admission committee weighs its decision against available funds.
Any questions concerning financial aid should be directed to Chris Kane in the Office of Financial Aid at 617-898-2239 or by email at Chris_Kane@milton.edu. The Academy subscribes to the general principles and needs analysis of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Click here to learn more about financial aid.
Do students come from towns other than Milton?
Does the school provide transportation?
Bus transportation from various surrounding communities is available for students before and after school. For more information, please visit www.milton.edu/bus
Is parent involvement required, and what are the opportunities for such involvement?
Milton Academy does not require any particular parent involvement, but we certainly welcome the many ways in which parents support the School. Each family is free to determine what, if any, contributions of time they are able to make. All parents are automatically members of the Parents’ Association and are welcome to attend the monthly morning or evening meetings and participate in a wide variety of committees. Parents are always welcome to help with field trips, volunteer in the library, or help with admission tours.
Do Lower and Middle School students need to reapply for admittance to the Upper School?
When will I know my child’s admission decision?
Admission decisions are posted in the student’s application portal on March 10. We do not report admission decisions by telephone.
What does it mean if my child is not offered a place at Milton?
What does it mean if my child is on the waiting list?
What are the school hours?
8 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Monday and Friday
8 a.m.–3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
What are the after school opportunities?
Is there a dress code?
There is no formal dress code. All students should wear neat, clean, comfortable and appropriate clothing.
Does the School provide lunch?
Milton provides lunch for all Lower and Middle School students who have the option of a hot entrée each day, along with choices from a salad bar, pasta and sandwich fixings. Milk and water is provided for everyone. This cost is included in the yearly tuition.