The goal of The Saturday Course at Milton Academy is to provide a rich learning environment for children with strong academic skills. Independently motivated students can learn compelling material in a fun and exciting environment.
The Saturday Course is designed for students in Grades 4–8 from surrounding communities. Participating school districts select students who can register for courses. Students from other communities may apply for a waitlist position.
Students select courses from a list of offerings mailed to them prior to the session. Taught by dynamic, experienced teachers, areas of study include: Math, Creative Writing, Literature, Sciences, Social Sciences, Photography, Computer Technology, Art, Drama and Wood Working. The small student to teacher ratio encourages opportunities for hands-on activities, lab experiments, small group discussion, and individual projects. Skills used for effective questioning and problem solving are emphasized throughout the program. Independent study at home reinforces specific course objectives.
The Saturday Course recruits experienced teachers with specialties in the areas of science, computer, mathematics, literature, performing and visual arts and social sciences. The enthusiasm of these teachers who design and share curriculum from their special interest areas is refreshing; their commitment to make this a unique learning environment for these talented students is extraordinary.
Non-refundable registration fee: $75
Private foundation grants
Flexible payment schedules and partial scholarships available
2018–2019 Program Dates
Session 1: Grades 5-8
September 22, 29,
October 13, 20, 27
(no Oct. 6 – Columbus Day weekend)
Session 2: Grades 5-8
November 3, 10, 17,
December 1, 8
(no Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving weekend)
(Snow date Dec. 15)
Session 3: Grade 4
January 12, 19, 26,
February 2, 9
(Snow date Feb. 16)
Session 4: Grades 5-8
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
(Snow date April 6)
Session 5: Grade 4
May 4, 11, 18,
(no May 25 – Memorial Day weekend)
General Schedule for Sessions 1–5
The Caroline Saltonstall Gym (CSG) is the main location for the morning meeting and snack. Students may arrive after 8:30 a.m. Classes start at 9:15 a.m. Parents can accompany their children for the first morning meeting from about 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Drop off and pick up locations change from session to session based on your child’s second course. Specific information is emailed before each session. Parent visits occur over the last three weeks of classes. The visit schedule will be emailed after the session begins.
8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.: Arrival
9:05 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.: Group Meeting
9:15 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.: Course A
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Break/Snack
11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Course B
1:00 p.m.: Dismissal
These students came from 48 cities, towns and communities and represented 125 different elementary or middle schools.
Towns & Communities
Boston • Dorchester • Hyde Park • Jamaica Plain • Mattapan • Roslindale • Roxbury • South Boston • West Roxbury
Towns & Communities
Abington • Avon • Belmont • Braintree • Brockton • Brookline • Cambridge • Canton • Chestnut Hill • Cohasset • Dedham • Dover • Duxbury • Easton • Hanover • Hingham • Mansfield • Medfield • Milton • Needham • Newton • Norfolk • Norton • Norwell • Norwood • Pembroke • Quincy • Randolph • Sharon • Stoneham • Stoughton • Sudbury • Taunton • Walpole • Westwood • Weymouth • Winchester • Winthrop • Wrentham
Rafael Hernandez • Mt. Alvernia • Murphy • Hennigan • St. Theresa • Epiphany • Curley • Holy Name • O’Hearn • Agassiz • St. Brendan • South Boston Catholic Neighborhood House Charter • Young Achievers for Science & Math • St. Brendan • Agassiz
Saturday Course Waitlist Details
We work with schools in many surrounding towns who select students that would be a good fit for the Saturday Course.
These participating schools choose students based on specific criteria. The process differs from district to district. School administrators know the kind of students that will thrive at the Saturday Course.
Each fall, we give our participating schools a certain allotment of registration forms for new fourth grade students. When we know the total enrollment from these schools, we take students from the waitlist.
There are often more qualified students in some schools than allotments from us. Some districts hold a lottery. Students that don’t get picked due to the “luck of the draw,” can contact us directly and ask for a waiting list application.
The waitlist also exists for families whose children do not attend an affiliated school or district.
We require that families send in the waiting list form, a teacher recommendation, a report card and a copy of MCAS scores.
Over the past several years, we have been successful enrolling 99 percent of the students who qualify.
Once a student is accepted, they are invited back through the eighth grade. Our traditional entry level is Grade 4, but we accept applications for students any time in Grades 4–8.
Saturday Course Testimonials
“The fostering and example by adults that creativity and intellectual pursuit can be a fun and congenial endeavor was an important ‘take away’ for my child.”
“I often tell my daughter that she starts conversations on chapter 3 and assumes everyone has read chapters 1 and 2. She hopped into the car one Saturday morning after class and said, ‘Mom, everyone at the Saturday Course knew exactly what I was saying and none of them thought I started my conversations on chapter 3!’”
“My children just LOVE the Saturday Course! As a parent, I’m thankful to you for having it so well organized. The faculty is wonderful; the kids have enjoyed all of their courses, and have made new friends.”
“It is difficult for the parent of a gifted child to find engaging and appropriate academic activities that challenge them. This is especially true in public schools where the needs of gifted students are not acknowledged. My son had such an amazing experience in both courses. I knew we were onto something after the first class when he asked if this was what it was like to attend Milton Academy and if so, he wanted to go there!”
“My son enjoyed the comradeship and spirit of working with his classmates. He is a jokester so he likes how the staff keeps it light.”
Below are responses when students where asked if they would like to return to The Saturday Course:
“I would with all my heart.”
“Yes, of course! It’s really fun!”
“Yes. Who wouldn’t?”
“It would be an honor.”
“I would love to return. I would go for my whole life if I could!”
“Yes. Why are you asking that question? Of course!”
The Learning of Science Begins With Why?
With joy and enthusiasm, we share with you The Learning of Science Begins with Why? The Saturday Course at Milton Academy has partnered with author Lakshya Kaura to bring his book to life and into the classroom. Lakshya is a young science teacher in Ballabgarh, Haryana, India. He was recognized as one of the top-ten innovators across Australia and Asia by Google Science Fair in 2013 and honored as a National Innovator by two presidents of India.