Senior Division

Milton Hershey School’s high school program, called Senior Division, prepares students for life beyond MHS by combining a challenging academic curriculum with experiential learning. Our technology-driven classes, state-of-the-art facilities, college and career resources, and support for student’s own personal development ensure their readiness for a bright future.

Preparing your child for success in life

Today’s employers are in search of a workforce with both classroom knowledge and hands-on skills. Our Senior Division program provides both to students. We believe education and career opportunities cannot be separated, and we give every student the opportunity to master skills along with furthering their academic comprehension. This dual focus allows our graduates the dexterity to further their postsecondary education or enter the world of work.

A top-notch academic program

Milton Hershey School students have a variety of options within the Senior Division scholastic program to prepare for their future. Along with required science, math and English courses, students also can elect to take foreign languages, advanced mathematics, engineering, carpentry and a huge variety of options to individualize their personal curriculum.

Students can become proficient in a field of study through the Career/Technical Education (CTE) program, which gives them an advantage over their peers when applying for a job or furthering their education. Every graduate in the past three classes has had a 100 percent success rate in securing industry-recognized certifications. As a result of our students holding these credentials, they are better prepared for college and have an advantage when entering their chosen career field.

Earning college credits while still in high school

Senior Division prepares students for life beyond MHS by combining a challenging academic curriculum with experiential learning.

We strive to give our students every possible tool to ensure their success in life beyond MHS, which is why we have partnered with local colleges and universities to provide dual enrollment opportunities. These courses allow MHS students to earn credits toward their college education.

We also have a partnership with Temple University to allow academically advanced students the opportunity to participate in a college semester of coursework right here on the MHS campus.

Academic support

For students who need additional support outside of the classroom, MHS offers tutoring services and houseparents are available to assist with homework.

Additionally, the Writing Center is a resource for students who want to develop their writing skills.

MHS also has a well-stocked Learning Resource Center, which supplies books, multimedia resources and computers to increase student learning.

On-the-job learning

Senior Division prepares students for life beyond MHS by combining a challenging academic curriculum with experiential learning.

Our partnerships with The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center give our students excellent opportunities for on-the-job learning. These world-renowned companies provide students with co-op experiences, internships, job shadowing and part-time employment. 

Teaching self-sufficiency skills

We have high expectations for our students scholastically, and we also provide them with character education and life skills to help them thrive.

Our Spartan Aspire program recognizes students who make positive choices to reinforce the importance of integrity and MHS’s Sacred Values.

Our Transitional Living (TL) program provides an independent living experience to teach students responsibility and self-reliance in a safe environment. This program gives seniors the chance to live in dorm-like apartments under the supervision of TL staff, who teach valuable life lessons about cooking, housework, balancing a checkbook and other life skills.

Extracurricular activities

Senior Division prepares students for life beyond MHS by combining a challenging academic curriculum with experiential learning.

Co-curricular programming helps students develop and expand their interests outside the classroom. These programs help students learn valuable skills that support them in navigating through their education and life experiences. Whether a student is part of a musical ensemble, drama production, Student Government Association, an athletic program, or an academic club, he or she will be learning while developing these interests.

The variety of activities we offer ensures that every student can pursue his or her passion and enhance the academic experience.

Watch a Day in the Life of a Senior Division student.

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