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Senior Division Academics

Ninth to 12th Grade

Looking Forward

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.

Education Program

All high school students take social studies, science, math, and English courses. They also can tailor their education with optional classes. MHS offers foreign languages, engineering, advanced mathematics, and more than 75 electives.

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

Reflecting on the Benefits

From a top-notch education and quality student programming to less financial stress and a safe and stable environment, MHS offers students an increased opportunity for future success. MHS high school students reflect on what makes the school special and the many benefits of the MHS experience.

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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.

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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.

Milton Hershey School Senior Division student participants in a culinary internship with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

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.

Milton Hershey School Senior Division student participates in a guitar lesson after school.

After-School Activities

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.

Milton Hershey School Senior Division girls walk to school from their student home.

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.

Milton Hershey School seniors living in Transitional Living apartments.

Building Independence

In Transitional Living, seniors live in apartments with a few students. They focus on building life skills to become independent adults.

Explore Spartan Commons

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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.

Milton Hershey School Senior Division students attend their graduation.

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.

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The MHS Experience

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.