Student Home Life
A brighter future begins here
Our students live at the school and our home life program is year-round. The student home and houseparents are at the core of each child’s stability and safety while they are here.
Each child is cared for by a married houseparent couple who have child-care experience. Houseparents provide guidance, support, and discipline. Parents still maintain contact with their children, through phone calls, e-mail and visits. Houseparents, teachers and others all work together to keep you informed and in touch with your child. It’s a team effort and parents/sponsors play a key role.
A staff of home life directors and administrators ensure that houseparents have access to the training, development and support they need to nurture each child in their care consistently and effectively.
Imagine your child in the comfortable living of our student homes
Surrounding the Spartan Commons are our student homes, the residential living areas for students. Student homes are much like any other home and provide a real family setting of typical family activities.
Milton Hershey School houseparents take an active, nurturing interest in MHS students’ development and well-being. They have the responsibility to support students in their day-to-day lives and serve as the primary contact for the children in their care, in partnership with a natural parent or guardian.
Houseparents also teach children important life values, such as taking responsibility within the home. They also provide structure and guidance in the child’s daily activities and are on hand to support and encourage achievement. While no one can replace a parent or guardian, houseparents ensure that MHS students have someone there to listen to him or her, offer guidance or advice when problems occur, or simply reassure a student when it’s needed most.
There are more than 160 student homes on campus. Each student home consists of up to 12 students from the same Division level (Elementary, Middle, and Senior; [Transitional Living for seniors has an independent-living style setup with up to 25 students]). Throughout the years at MHS, students will live, learn, share and grow with their housemates, who come to be viewed as members of an extended family.
Inside a typical student home:
- Two or three students occupy each student home bedroom. Each student has his/her own twin bed, desk and closet.
- Approximately eight to 13 students of the same gender and about the same age live in each home.
- Each home includes a computer room where students can use desktop computers and printers for study hours.
- Students are responsible for chores such as vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, mowing the grass, doing laundry, and helping with cooking.
- A large living room provides seating areas for watching television, reading or just relaxing.
- Large bathrooms accommodate the residents of the student home. Individual shower and toilet stalls provide privacy.
- Each student home has a recreation room or playroom for students. These rooms vary from home to home, as they include games and/or toys that are age-appropriate for the home’s occupants.
Questions about home life or student homes? Email us.
*Transitional Living is a program designed for all seniors at MHS. Seniors live in apartment style residences with support from residential staff members. It gives students the opportunity to enhance and practice life skills such as, money and time management, necessary for living on their own and leading productive and successful lives post-graduation.