- Private, Boarding
- HERSHEY, PA
COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:
As a life-sustaining organization, MHS never closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continued to serve our students during a time when they truly needed us most. Our approach to the school year was developed using federal and state guidelines, CDC considerations, and MHS-established health and safety protocols to keep our campus a safe, nurturing, and healthy place. Learn More
- Academicsgrade B
- Diversitygrade A+
- Teachersgrade C+
- College Prepgrade B
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade A+
- Sportsgrade A minus
In 1909, Milton Hershey School began as a dream and vision by the famous chocolate maker Milton S. Hershey and his wife, Catherine.
Today, MHS thrives as a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for more than 2,000 students from families of lower income. Students receive an excellent pre-K through 12th-grade education, nurturing home life year-round, college and career readiness support, and comprehensive health and wellness care, including medical and dental care, food, and clothing.
Under the leadership of President Pete Gurt ’85, MHS continues the work and proud legacy of our founders. Our employees lead by example, serving our students while enjoying careers worth every minute — and we are always searching for committed and qualified people to join our MHS community. We continue to grow and serve more children in need with a clear focus to continually enhance and expand upon the programs, resources, and services we offer so students can be their greatest selves.
Milton Hershey School Rankings
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- grade A+110 Students
- grade A minus100 Students
- grade A66 Students
- grade A+61 Students
- grade B minus58 Students
- grade A minus48 Students
- grade A+46 Students
- grade B minus42 Students
- grade B+42 Students
- grade B minus38 Students
Career and Technical Education at MHS
Milton Hershey School’s award-winning Career and Technical Education program, with its 12 career pathways, prepares students to graduate both college and career ready by combining tailor-made instruction and hands-on learning with the ability to gain industry-recognized certifications and real-life experience through internships, co-ops, and apprenticeships.
Culture & Safety
- Homecoming Game21%
- Student Home Vacations16%
- Cocoa Bean14%
- Senior Nights9%
- Christmas at the school7%
- Offers Full WeekYes
- Offers Part WeekNo data available
- Offers Full DayYes
- Offers Part DayNo data available
Clubs & Activities
Milton Hershey School Reviews
It's a High School designed for disadvantaged children ranging from pre-k to 12th grade. I was a student from 6th grade and graduated to become an alum. It's strict, it has rules, and isn't quite a "home" like it would be for public school children. You'll always be fed, have clothes, and shelter- as well as numerous resources for an education. There are an obscene amount of luxuries offered including the ability to appropriately celebrate holidays like Christmas and thanksgiving, but also being able to use devices like tablets, laptops, and TVs.
On the other hand, the school is far from perfect. They rule with an iron fist and although the student body and staff members are diverse, the school is rooted in heavy-handed, conservative views. They aren't the friendliest with LGBTQ nor are they for change in equality when it comes to using any methods that don't involve a hand written letter to your local governor.
There is definitely a belief(although they won't admit it) among most of the adults that all of the students problems are our fault. Most of the adults, especially higher ups will always turn any issue back on the student and blame them for the end result. Prime example: I spent the last week of senior year in the office crying, be lectured and yelled at as to how it was my fault that there were extremely vicious(and innappropriate)rumors about me being spread like wildfire. I got blamed for my own bullying.
As for readiness for the adult world, they don't prepare you well enough knowledge wise or socially.The scholarship is the only thing they do that prepares you for college. I was in the top of my class and still grossly unprepared for college.