Milton Hershey School

Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private school for boys and girls in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Since 1909, the lives of more than 10,000 children from lower-income families have been transformed through high-quality education and structured home life.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Other school association(s)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1909
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesMilton Hershey School’s campus is open year-round. Some students do return home over breaks and during the summer months. Many choose to stay at MHS. For these students, we offer the Year-Round Experiences (YRE) program. It operates when school is not in session.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students2,189 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Milton Hershey School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers190 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(School-provided clothing)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesMilton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, residential boarding school for low-income students. Admission is based on criteria including household income, behavior, and academic potential. Children must be born in the U.S. and between 4-15 years old.
Admissions AssociateMHS Communications


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DivingField Hockey,
FootballIce Hockey,
SwimmingTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.46 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Amnesty International, Beef Club, Book Club, Chess Club, Community Service Related Clubs, Dairy Goat Club, Environmental Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Foreign Language Clubs, Horsemanship, Horticulture Club, Junior Chapel Leaders, Junior Firefighting Club, Mock Trial, Model U.N., National Honor Society, National Technology Honor Society, Photography, ProStart, Scouting, Sheep Club, SkillsUSA, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Technology Student Association (TSA), Viva Diversity Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Choir, Color Guard, Dance Club, Drama Club, Guitar Lessons, Indoor Drum Line, Instrumental Lessons, Intramural Sports, Jazz Band, Marching Band, National Art Honor Society, Orchestra Lessons, Piano Lessons, Show Choir, Strings Program, Voice Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Athletic Training, Fitness Classes

School Notes

Milton Hershey School is one of the country`s best independent schools. It offers life-changing opportunities and experiences that other schools simply cannot. Everything is provided at no cost to students, thanks to the generosity of Milton and Catherine Hershey.
  • Innovative, technology-driven education with talented teachers
  • Hands-on learning opportunities and professional certifications
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Nurturing, safe environment with caring houseparents
  • Tools and resources to pursue individual interests
  • Outstanding college preparation and scholarship support

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There are many music, arts, and extracurricular activities here including Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensembles( Violin, Viola, Cello, etc.) and guitar lessons. There is also Choir, Gospel Choir, Varsity Choir, and the New Horizons. We also have art and drama classes, and there is an annual play as well.
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