Cultivating student success
In accordance with the Deed of Trust, Milton Hershey School®, the largest residential school of its kind, has launched an innovative program called Transitional Living. After successfully completing two pilots, the program has expanded to include all MHS seniors. The program provides students with a curriculum and experiential learning opportunities to put the knowledge to application, while living in a semi-autonomous fashion.
Seniors, who previously lived in student homes with a set of houseparents, now have the opportunity to live in apartment style residences with support from residential living staff members. Seniors have the opportunity to enhance and practice life skills necessary for living on their own. The program's organization allows an experiential environment where students regularly make decisions involving the use of practical skills such as, money and time management. Students are offered experiences that enable them to enhance their skills in planning, shopping for and cooking meals, handling the chores associated with caring for their own apartment, and the necessary social skills, which enable life success. These are activities that occur within the continued safety and care of the residential school.
All schoolwide policies remain the same:
- School and Activity Attendance
Keeping in mind that the program is called Transitional Living not Independent Living, we have prepared a Question & Answer page.
Shopping with Seniors
Courtesy of MHS
MHS Seniors learn that, when it comes to shopping, planning pays.