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Defining Success at Milton Hershey School

For more than a century, Milton Hershey School has focused on empowering student success through a whole child approach to education. At the core of the school’s robust curriculum is opportunity and strong foundational values rooted in the MHS School Pledge and Sacred Values. In fact, when Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine decided to create a home and school for children in search of opportunity, they knew that character would be as important to long term student success as education.

For more than a century, Milton Hershey School has focused on empowering student success through a whole child approach to education.

Since then, the school has developed a rich character-based curriculum—The Compass Project—that allows students to gain the necessary skills to achieve their aspirations. Students are immersed in this curriculum on the athletic fields and Visual and Performing Arts stages, inside classrooms and student homes, and within mentoring relationships.

In fact, every MHS staff member is responsible for helping our students acquire these skills and achieve success. But, in order to help students achieve success, it has to be defined. An MHS student and graduate is successful and able to lead a productive and fulfilling life when he or she:

  • Exhibits integrity, good character, and moral behavior
  • Displays mutual respect, social skills, and healthy relationships
  • Possesses a positive spirit, strong work ethic, and determination to persevere
  • Demonstrates self-sufficiency, career skills, and employability
  • Acknowledges responsibility and civic duty through service to others
  • Pursues a balance of health and wellness in mind, body, and spirit

For each MHS student or graduate, success will look different post-graduation, but the skills they learn at MHS will help them on their journey. MHS students and young graduates are provided the support to carve their path forward.

Read about MHS Graduate Success Read about the Our Values and Guiding Principles

MHS Senior Division student Damian Mattos is breaking stereotypes—he’s an athlete, a musician, and a dancer. His story, along with Kamso Ebiringa-Chika, an elementary student who passed his deep-water test at an early age, and Nieyel Soto, a middle schooler who overcame homesickness, proves that at MHS, opportunities exist for anyone to have their Breakthrough and achieve success.

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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.