Senior Division Academics
Ninth to 12th Grade
High school, also called Senior Division, is a time to think ahead. Challenging, hands-on learning prepares students for a bright future after Milton Hershey School. College and career support helps plan their path forward.
All high school students take science, math, and English courses. They also can tailor their education with optional classes. MHS offers foreign languages, advanced math, engineering, carpentry, and more.
Highlights of the program include:
- Passionate and experienced teachers dedicated to students’ success
- The “flipped” class approach—watch lectures at home, then discuss in class
- A focus on STEAM subjects—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math
- Report cards sent to the student, houseparents, and parent or sponsor
- Tutoring and help with homework when needed
- A Writing Center to improve writing skills
- A Learning Resource Center—with library and activity space, electronic databases for research, and a computer and testing lab
- Access to a personal laptop
- Honors-level, Advanced Placement (AP), and college-level courses
- Careers exploration with the Career and Technical Education program
- College and career transition support with Graduate Programs for Success
- A Continuing Education Scholarship to earn money for college
Turning Problems into Solutions
Our students overcome all sorts of hardships when they go to MHS. One recent graduate pushed himself to succeed after the deaths of loved ones. Watch Shawn’s story of turning problems into solutions.
Learning by Doing
Our students also learn through career training. These experiences are unique to MHS. They give students an edge when applying for college and jobs.
Career and Technical Education
The CTE program allows students to explore 12 different career fields. By junior year, students focus on the path they are most interested in pursuing.
Internships and Co-ops
Students gain real-world experience through internships and co-ops. They work with local businesses, like The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.
Every day, high school students are involved with after-school activities. Popular clubs include music, drama, photography, and student government. Students can also play on a Spartan sports team. Activities help students develop confidence and social skills. Plus, it’s a way to create lifelong passions.
Student Home Life
Students in ninth to 11th grade live in student homes with up to 12 other students. A married houseparent couple provides daily care, structure, and guidance.
In Transitional Living, seniors live in apartments with a few students. They focus on building life skills to become independent adults.
Redefining the Meaning of Family
During their time at school, our students never forget their family at home. Though, they often expand the meaning of family. Their MHS friends, houseparents, staff, and teachers become family, too. MHS graduate, Tatiana, wrote about this change in her blog post.
Preparing for the Future
While at MHS, our students are given a safe space to dream big. They work with counselors to plan their next steps after graduation. It may be college, postsecondary apprenticeships, the military, or a job. MHS also has a team that helps graduates transition from student to adult.
Take a Look at Success
More than 10,000 students have graduated from MHS since 1909. Success looks different for each and every one of those 10,000 alumni. Take a look at just a few of those success stories.
Does MHS sound like the right education for a child you know? Learn about the admissions criteria and application process.