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A Life-Changing Education for Motivated Teens

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Are you looking to open more doors for yourself? At Milton Hershey School, we take away the barriers that stem from poverty and give every teen the chance to achieve success. With classes that are tailored to your individual interests and a supportive community that wants to see you achieve your wildest dreams, the MHS community is one that becomes a second family.

It’s a place for your future to become brighter and your dreams to become a reality.

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Top-Notch Academics That Are Tailored for You

At Milton Hershey School, teens thrive in a hands-on, personalized learning environment. With small class sizes, teachers who go the extra mile, and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, students are empowered to shape their own educational experiences. With a 1:1 learning technology environment—which includes MacBooks, iPads, Smartboards, 3D printers, and more—every teen has their own device to help them succeed in and out of the classroom.

Tools to Help You Thrive

Throughout middle school, students gain leadership opportunities, build self-esteem, and benefit from hands-on lessons that reinforce classroom learning—including career education opportunities such as field trips, job shadowing, and guest speakers.

At the high school level, MHS teens can enroll in specialized classes through the school’s award-winning Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. From culinary arts and health science to graphic communications and automotive technology, teens can choose from one of 12 career pathways. With specialized classes, internship opportunities, and more than 90 industry-recognized certification offerings, students gain experience in the workforce and a deep understanding of their unique strengths and abilities. For the last eight years, 100 percent of graduating seniors earned at least one industry-recognized certification in their field of study

A Milton Hershey School College and Career Counselor has a meeting with a student to discuss postgraduate plans.

Planning for Life Beyond MHS

Milton Hershey School teens not only set high expectations and goals for themselves, but they have the tools and guidance to achieve them. With dedicated college and career counselors, MHS students benefit from comprehensive resources and support, both before and after graduation. Counselors work to identify students’ strengths, interests, and skillsets in order to develop a graduation plan that leads to career success.

Preparing for College or Career

In addition to opportunities to accrue scholarships toward continuing education, Milton Hershey School has also established more than 15 partnerships with colleges, universities, and technical schools. These partnerships allow MHS graduates to have a solid support system throughout their entire college experience. In the Class of 2018, 77 percent of MHS graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year college and 10 percent attended a technical school.

If a teen is interested in entering the workforce or military after graduation, Milton Hershey School provides industry-specific career development resources, including a dedicated career specialist who can help students prepare for job interviews, create resumes, and network with local professionals.

A Milton Hershey School houseparent with students in the kitchen of a Middle Division student home.

A Supportive Community to Empower You

During middle school and high school, Milton Hershey School teens live in student homes with a married houseparent couple and approximately eight to 12 students of the same gender and similar ages. The student home environment provides students with the stability, support, and acceptance they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.  By living in a welcoming, supportive community, teens also grow to appreciate each other’s differences and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

Milton Hershey School students and staff work in the kitchen in a Transitional Living apartment.

Preparing You for Life

When MHS students reach their senior year of high school, they benefit from a unique residential program called Transitional Living. Students live with their peers in apartment-style complexes where they build independence and learn how to make practical decisions. With the support of staff members, high school seniors learn about financial literacy, health and wellness, and social and emotional learning to prepare them for life after graduation.

Activities that Cultivate Your Passions

Whether they’re interested in sports, art, student government, or community service, Milton Hershey School teens have opportunities to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

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Playing sports builds qualities that point to future success, including character, confidence, discipline, time management, and teamwork. MHS athletics are a source of fun and community spirit. Our sports teams are competitive, and our athletic facilities are excellent.

A Milton Hershey School Senior Division visual arts student works on a dragon sculpture.

Visual and Performing Arts

The creative spirit must be nourished along with the mind. MHS provides all areas of visual and performing arts activities. Our students learn to love and respect the arts by adding their voices to the mix. All equipment and supplies are provided—including instruments.

Milton Hershey School students and staff pick apples in the orchard as part of the Agricultural and Environmental Education program.

Other Activities

Student Government, scouting, and Model U.N., and other student clubs teach leadership fundamentals. Service clubs build character and purpose. The Agricultural and Environmental Education program exposes children to a new field.

Milton Hershey School Middle Division students outside of Catherine Hall.

Interested in learning more?

We’re happy to help you learn more about MHS and how you can benefit from an education here.

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Email us at [email protected] or text us at 717-707-7024 to see if Milton Hershey School is the right fit for you.


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