Providing Life-Changing Opportunities for 110 Years and Counting
For 110 years and counting, Milton Hershey School has helped young people break the cycle of poverty. It’s a place where students’ potential is met with life-changing opportunity. Our mission is to help students lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives—just as our founders, famous chocolate maker Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine, intended.
A Whole-Child Approach to Education That Helps Students Reach Their Full Potential
For 110 years and counting, Milton Hershey School has helped children from poverty realize their full potential by providing an excellent education and so much more. Our highly trained staff ensures students’ health, wellness, and emotional needs are met—including support for their physical, social, and mental wellbeing. Our whole-child approach allows children to fully engage in the classroom and shine academically.
Hands-On Learning Opportunities and Top-Notch Academic Programming
From our award-winning Career and Technical Education program to our comprehensive science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, MHS students have the tools and resources to create a brighter future. With highly qualified teachers, small class sizes, access to the latest technology, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities, students have a safe and supportive environment to find their passions and develop their future goals.
A Safe and Supportive Community to Call Home
Milton Hershey School students live and learn in a welcoming, supportive community. When a child enrolls at MHS, they live in student homes with a married houseparent couple and eight to 12 children of the same gender and similar ages. In this nurturing environment, students gain the stability, support, and acceptance they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. Students often find that the bonds they form with students and staff in the student home will last a lifetime.
Helping Students Gain Confidence and Stability
To ensure Milton Hershey School students have the daily necessities they need, each student receives more than 80 articles of clothing free of charge. In our on-campus clothing center, students get fitted for their new wardrobes which include dress wear and leisure wear. With tailored, coordinated clothing, students gain the confidence to be successful in and out of the classroom.
Developing a Lifelong Appreciation for Health and Wellness
Milton Hershey School understands the importance of health and wellness in the lives of children. Along with nutritious meals and a variety of physical activities that support healthy growth and development, MHS provides comprehensive medical, dental, nutrition, and behavioral services. MHS also provides psychological services to help students address trauma, develop coping skills, and gain an understanding of their many intellectual, social, emotional, and physical strengths.
A Diverse Community That Encourages Mutual Respect
At Milton Hershey School, we focus on staying true to Milton and Catherine Hershey’s mission of community and respect. MHS students live and learn in an environment that celebrates diversity and encourages mutual respect. Students come from different backgrounds and learn to appreciate each other’s differences. As they develop values like empathy, compassion, and global awareness, students build their character and leadership skills and become equipped to succeed in the global, 21st century workforce.