Milton Hershey School accepts students from across the country regardless of their financial circumstances and provides an education that focuses on academic achievement, personal development, and future success. Based in Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey School (MHS) continues to support students beyond graduation through the Alliance Schools Program.
The program represents a partnership between MHS and postsecondary intuitions that support MHS graduates throughout their postsecondary education. Institutions within the alliance include technical schools and two- and four-year colleges that offer special programs developed as part of the partnership. Students receive individualized attention from an assigned Alliance staff member who provides support and resources designed to help graduates succeed in college and acquire the necessary degree or certificate to pursue their chosen career.
Furthermore, students who attend a postsecondary institution within the alliance gain access to many additional benefits that range from guaranteed housing and apartment referrals to opportunities for internships and part-time work. The program offers first-year adjustment and transition courses to help students prepare for college life and promote their academic achievement.
Founded in 1909, Milton Hershey School provides students with free high-quality education. During the 2016-2017 school year, Milton Hershey School students were provided the opportunity to use virtual reality technology to learn problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking.
Students enrolled in the school’s Computer Technology career pathway use HTC Vive virtual reality cameras to tap into computer programs and view distant parts of the world. The cameras are also incorporated in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) classes, allowing students to digitally create 3D designs of solutions to current world problems. The 3D designs can be saved and shared with course instructors and other students easily.
Instructors from the school’s Computer Technology program predict that the jobs their students will apply for have not been invented today. Through equipping students with virtual reality skills, the school better positions the students to adapt to a changing job market, preparing them for success after graduation.
Established in 1909, Milton Hershey School is an award-winning academy offering cost-free education to children from lower income families. Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey School’s academic program comprises of elementary, middle, and senior divisions. The elementary division is designed for students from pre-K to fourth grade. It focuses on laying a strong academic foundation for young students as they begin their academic life.
The elementary division is staffed by experienced teachers trained to use best practices to advance the school’s academic and social learning curriculum. Core instructions are offered in reading, math, science, social studies, and language arts. Each class has about 15 students, allowing the teachers to interact on a personal level with students, monitoring their academic progress, and helping students’ reach their full potential.
Students with learning difficulties benefit from the school’s Learning Assistance Program, where teachers offer additional assistance in speech, reading, math, and languages.
Committed to developing the whole child, the school offers students a variety of programs such as dance, music, performing arts, and leadership training, to complement their academics. The students also are given opportunities to go on field trips, play sports, go swimming and join scouting movements.
Milton Hershey School has been awarded a Promising Practice designation from Character.org for its home life curriculum, The Compass Project. MHS was among 326 other Promising Practice schools, districts and youth-serving organizations recognized across the country.
Milton Hershey School designed a multifaceted home life curriculum called The Compass Project to build students’ character and leadership skills inside and outside the classroom. Teachers, houseparents and staff promote values such as positivity, integrity, perseverance and global awareness through hands-on lessons and practical strategies.
“Milton Hershey School is honored to receive recognition for our character and leadership development program, The Compass Project,” MHS Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum Supervisor Deanna Slamans said. “It is a true testament to the creative ways our houseparents, teachers and staff are collaborating to enhance students’ understanding of core social and emotional learning skills.”
Character.org selected programs and best practices that represent practical, effective ways to inspire empathy, conflict resolution and good citizenship among students. This year’s winning national practices include anti-bullying programs, strategies for developing student leadership and community-building activities.
Milton Hershey School will be recognized as a 2016 Promising Practice recipient at the National Forum on Character Education in Washington, D.C. in October.