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Grandparents or Guardians Raising Children

Partnering for Successful Futures

There are more than three million grandparents or guardians raising children in the United States today. The daily task of this can cause stress and strain. Milton Hershey School can help you. Learn more or submit your child’s application for admission. We accept students year round.

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Removing Barriers to Success

Milton Hershey School enrolls children ages 4 to 15 in pre-K through 12th grade. Currently, we have approximately 2,000 students on campus.

We are a residential school located in Hershey, Pa. MHS provides all that children need to be successful—free of charge. We offer income-eligible children:

  • A top-notch education
  • Caring mentors and a beautiful, safe campus
  • Health care and housing

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How to Talk About MHS

Making the choice to enroll a student at MHS is hard. Some families tell us they don’t know what to say to the important people in their lives. We can help you help them. Download our “How to Talk about MHS” flyer for guardians, or contact our admissions counselors for additional resources.

Grandparents Find Peace in MHS Community

Bob and Kelly Dunaway became parents/sponsors at MHS when their grandson enrolled in Kindergarten.

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Grandparents/Guardians are a very important part of the Milton Hershey School community.

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Caring Home Life

MHS students live in student homes in a family-like setting. Each student home houses eight to 12 students with a full-time married couple overseeing it. Students thrive in this nurturing home-away-from-home home.

Houseparents teach students life skills that help build character and social and emotional awareness. Together, they carry on our school’s timeless traditions.

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Meet Our Team

MHS has a full team of admissions counselors to help grandparents or guardians raising children. This group supports prospective students during the MHS admissions journey. They are assigned based on where a student lives.

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Guardian Support Resources

While your grandchild is away at MHS, you will always be connected to the MHS community. We offer support resources to guide you both through this transition together.

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If you think your child would thrive at MHS, we invite you to apply for admission. We enroll students year round.


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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.