Milton Hershey School

  • The mission of Milton Hershey School remains true to the ideals upon which it was founded more than 100 years ago: In keeping with Milton and Catherine Hershey's Deed of Trust , Milton Hershey School nurtures and educates children in social and financial need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
  • Today, Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income.
  • The School is funded by a trust established by Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine. Milton Hershey School offers a positive, structured home life year-round and an excellent pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education.
  • Our vision focuses on building character and providing children with the skills necessary to be successful in all aspects of 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 DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students2040 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Milton Hershey School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers192 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
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.


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.32 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Beef Club, Dairy Goat Club, Environmental Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Horsemanship, Horticulture Club, Junior Chapel Leaders, Junior Firefighting Club, Model U.N., Photography, Scouting, Sheep Club, Student Government Association, Viva Diversity Club, Yearbook

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

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Athletic Training, Fitness Classes
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Philadelphia
    Grades: 1-12 | 311 students
    79.7 miles
    2101 S College Ave
    Philadelphia, PA 19121
    79.7 1-12
  • Honolulu
    The Kamehameha Schools
    (Church of Christ)
    Grades: 7-12 | 2441 students
    4829.6 miles
    2010 Princess Drive
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    4829.6 7-12
  • New York
    Regis High School
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 532 students
    144.9 miles
    55 E 84th St
    New York, NY 10028
    144.9 9-12
  • Hummelstown
    Grades: NS-12 | 272 students
    2 miles
    1525 Sand Hill Road
    Hummelstown, PA 17036
    2 NS-12
  • Homestead
    Auberle Education Center
    Special Education School
    Grades: 8-12 | 28 students
    173 miles
    120 E 9th Ave
    Homestead, PA 15120
    173 8-12

School Reviews

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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