Educational Philosophy

At Milton, students and teachers engage in learning that is purposeful, challenging, and rewarding.

Students, teachers, and families partner in creating a dynamic learning environment in which students become critical thinkers, empathetic leaders, and active contributors to the world.

Student Outcomes

Mastery of Content and Skills
Students demonstrate skill proficiency and an in-depth understanding of subject matter content. They think critically, listen actively, consider multiple perspectives, and interact with curiosity and respect. They find joy in the rigors of challenge and accomplishment. Milton students communicate their ideas and expertise clearly in written and oral presentations, embrace a Design Thinking approach that values research and creativity, and express themselves with confidence.

Jewish Values and Living
Students gain a foundation in the rich intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and ethical traditions of our Jewish heritage. Students incorporate Jewish practice into their lives in ways consistent with their families’ beliefs and traditions. They gain proficiency in Hebrew language and build a meaningful connection to the land, the culture, and the people of Israel. They explore the world through Jewish lenses and develop as ethical people.

Pursuit of Academic Excellence
Students demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their work. They create multiple drafts and revisions, aided by teacher feedback, peer critique, and personal reflection. Students know how to provide and receive feedback and apply it to improve their work. They share their learning and take pride in what they produce.

Core Beliefs

Children are capable and competent.
We engage our students as individuals with innate capacity and boundless potential. We trust our students, and they feel empowered by our trust in them. We encourage them to approach learning with an open mind and inspire in them the confidence to accept challenges that stretch their current abilities.

Children learn in a variety of ways and environments.
We attend to the needs of each individual child and offer students opportunities to learn in a variety of social configurations: large and small groups; partners-in-learning (the timeless Jewish way of learning in chevrutah); independent work; and personal reflection. Our teachers individualize content to apply to different learning styles. Our students learn to value respect, creativity, independence, and collaboration.

Children are researchers, explorers, and innovators.
We offer students real-life challenges to research. They discover questions to explore and problems to solve. They learn about their culture as well as cultures of others. Milton’s learning environment encourages authentic learning, collaboration, service to others, and the exchange of ideas.

Children are social, emotional, spiritual, and ethical beings.
We expose our students to the world of Jewish learning, values, spirituality, and ritual. Our students find opportunities to connect with others through dialogue and shared action. We provide students with opportunities to develop social and emotional skills that apply to other relationships. Teachers guide students to balance action with reflection and become empathic thinkers and doers.

Children are intellectually curious.
We open a world of knowledge for our students to explore and own. They ask questions and make connections across multiple disciplines. We create an atmosphere of intellectual excitement and encourage questioning and respectful debate.

Children thrive when they are part of a caring community.
We foster a culture of warmth, joy, inclusivity, care, and respect. Teachers understand their students deeply and guide them in their intellectual and emotional growth. Students and their families make lasting and meaningful connections. We celebrate each child, teacher, staff member, and family as an integral part of our diverse, pluralistic, and vibrant community. As a result, Milton’s students develop a strong sense of identity and belonging—to the school, their community, the Jewish people, the United States, and the world.

Tackling New Challenges
STEM and Design Thinking
Hands-on Learning

“What impresses me most about the teachers at Milton is how well they know each child and what each child needs.”