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Quick Facts About Milton

13.2 Square Miles of Area

27,003 Residents in 2010

2,045 Residents per Square Mile

41 Median Age of Residents

$421,500 Median Home Price in 2010

$454,950 Median Home Price in 2011

3,921 Students and 259 Teachers

93% Graduation Rate

94% of Graduates to College

Milton Geography

Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by Randolph on the south, Canton on the west, Boston on the north, and Quincy on the east.

Milton is 8 miles southwest of Boston and approximately:

  • 37 miles to Providence, RI
  • 55 miles to Cape Cod, MA
  • 77 miles to Concord, NH
  • 81 miles to Ogunquit, ME
  • 220 miles from New York, NY


The Town of Milton, first settled in 1634, was most likely named after the Town of Milton, which formerly existed in Dorset County, England.

In 1634 Agricultural trade in barley, rye and Indian corn lead to permanent settlement in Milton. Then Milton was incorporated as a town in 1662. By 1674 a powder mill, thought to be the earliest in the colonies, took advantage of the town’s valuable water power.
Boston investors, seeing the potential of the town and its proximity to the city, developed 18th century Milton as an important industrial site.  New England’s first chocolate factory, Baker Chocolate, opened in Lower Mills in 1764. Baker Chocolate is still a popular and quality made product, though now produced out of town, and every year the Milton Art Museum, on Edge Hill Road, has an extensive exhibit of Baker Chocolate memorabilia, dating back to 1764.  An iron slitting mill and paper and saw mills were also opened in the 18th century.
The Suffolk Resolves House, located on Canton Avenue, made history in 1774 when a group of colonists composed one of the first formal lists of grievances against the King of England.
The Captain Robert Bennett Forbes House, designed by Isaiah Rogers in 1883 for China trade merchant and philanthropist Robert Bennett Forbes, is restored to its Victorian glory. The museum houses American, European and Chinese gems, which visitors learn about during scheduled tours.

Situated at the head of a tidewater, the town became a commercial trading center where goods from the interior could be exchanged for West Indian goods. Prosperous Bostonians, including Governor Hutchinson, followed their investments and moved to Milton, creating an early estate district, which grew side-by-side with 125 farms. Also increasing the town’s population were immigrants from Ireland, Nova Scotia and Scotland drawn to the jobs the community offered. Harvard University built a stone tower on Big Blue, the tallest hill on the coast between Maine and Florida, to mark the meridian alignment with its observatory in Cambridge. Big Blue assumed an important meteorological role. Laying streetcar lines fueled the rapid expansion of residential development and, between 1870 and 1915, Milton grew into essentially the community it is now, a wealthy streetcar suburb.

By 1929 many of the big estates were broken into subdivisions, continuing the town’s residential growth. Milton now retains many 19th-century country houses and estates along with 19th century workers’ housing.

Milton - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Moving to Milton and What School Your Children will Attend

We are often asked what elementary school will my child attend.  The first thing you want to do is look up the house address below:

If you are “new” to town meaning you are not selling a house in Milton and moving to another location in Milton then it is important for you to know if there are more students than seats available in a given home school – the school which is designated for your Street then the district would assign those students to another school (that has an open seat).

Below are some FAQ’s:

What happens if I choose English, but I am not selected to attend it at my home school?

Your child will be offered a seat in the English program in another school (that has an open seat) or in the Auxiliary class.

I choose English, my child goes to the Auxiliary class or another school (not home school), do my other children get “grandfathered” into that same school?

Yes – Parents will have the option to make the Auxiliary their “home” school.

I am a “half day” kindergarten student at Collicot, but my home school is Glover – how does this impact my placement?

You are considered by your “home school” designation.

Under this assignment process would my child be allowed to return to his/her home school during his/her 5 year elementary career.

No. Student assignments will remain in place for the entire 5 year period.

If my child attends a school that is not our “neighborhood school” do we receive transportation?

Your child will receive transportation based on the District’s Transportation policy.

If you would like more information please visit or contact The Milton Public Schools at 617-696-5040.

Milton - Did You Know?


In 1991, Milton was one of the first Commonwealth communities to establish a Pay-As-You-Throw trash pick-up program. The sticker program helps offset the expenses the Town incurs for curbside trash, recycling, and yard waste pick-up. Every trash barrel must have a sticker placed on the top item of trash inside the barrel.  Trash stickers are $3 each.  The estimated cost of an annual trash sticker is $156.  Standard barrels (32 Gallon Maximum) should be used and must not exceed the 40 lb. weight capacity.  Stickers can be purchased at the Central Business Office, many of the local convenience, hardware and grocery stores.  Milton offers a curbside recycling program which is free.  Recyclable items include, glass, plastic bottles, tin cans, #1-7 plastics, paper good.  It is recommended to buy two recycling bins and use one for paper, and the other for all other items.  As long as items are recyclable you can put an unlimited amount in your bin.  For more information about Trash Pick Ups please visit or call the DPW at (617) 898-4868.

Overnight Parking

There is NO OVERNIGHT PARKING in Milton from 1 AM to 6AM on any day.  However, you may apply for an overnight parking permit through the Police Station ($25.00 per year).   You may also notify the police if you have overnight guests who must park on the street.

Youth Sports

Milton offers youth sports in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and softball.  For Information about Milton Youth Sports sign up times please contact the Parks & Recreation Department (617) 898-4940. Hours: M-F, 8:30AM-3:00 PM or visit

Building Permits

If you are planning on renovating your home or have questions regarding permits to do the work please contact, Joseph Prondak (Building Commissioner), Cliff Flynn (Wire inspector), or Mark Kelly (Plumbing/ Gas Inspector) at 617-898-4925.


In any direction within 15 minutes you can be at a shopping center.  Shopping is available whether it’s the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, The Chestnut Hill Mall in Chestnut Hill, Newbury Street in Downtown Boston, or Legacy Place in Dedham.

Summer Concerts at the Gazebo

Concerts are offered by the Milton Parks and Recreation and the Board of Selectmen at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green at the Town Hall on Canton Avenue.  Concerts are from 6:30-8:00pm and typically start the first week in June.  For a list of this years summer concert series please click here:

Milton Restaurants

88 Wharf
88 Wharf Street
Milton, MA 02186
(857) 598-4826

Abby Park
550 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 696-8700

Newcomb Farms Family Restaurant
1139 Randolph Ave
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 698-9547

Cunningham Pool

Cunningham Pool is a public outdoor pool offered to Milton residents.  The cost for pool tags is $75 per family plus $2 per tag.  The Pool also offers a four week swimming lesson that costs $15.  The pool typically opens at the end of June until the end of August.  For more information on the pool schedule and hours please call (617) 696-3263 or visit

Music Lessons for Students

The Applied Lesson Program (ALP) is after school instrumental lessons given by professional musicians to students in Grades 4-12. ALP is coordinated with an instrumental curriculum taught by in-school directors.  Lessons are given at Milton High School in various classrooms.  Lessons are scheduled 3:30-9:00 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays and from 2:30-7:00 p.m. on Fridays. There are no weekend lessons. The days and times that lessons are given depend on the lesson teacher’s schedule. Not all instruments are offered every day nor at all times.  Lessons (30 minutes each) are given once a week. The year is divided into two sessions. Session I has 15 lessons. Session II has 15 lessons and one recital.  For more information please contact F.A.M.E (617)696-4470, ext. 5518 or visit

Local Paper and Online Newspaper

Milton Times – Weekly Newspaper
480 Adams Street, Suite #208
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 696-7758

02186 My Town Matters – Online Newspaper

Grocery Shopping

Milton offers a couple of local grocery stores in town and larger grocery stores in surrounding towns.  Below is a list of some of the grocery stores close by:

The Milton Fruit Center
10 Basset Street
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday, 8:00am to 6:00pm.

The Fruit Center offers fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet and specialty items, imported goods, prepared meals, sliced-to-order deli products featuring Boar’s Head, a creative floral department, natural and organic items and even many of the familiar brand name food items you love.

Shaw’s Supermarket
4 River Street
Lower Mills, MA 02126
(617) 298-0969

Super Stop and Shop
65 Newport Ave
Quincy, MA 02171
(617) 328-4477

Super Stop and Shop
545 Freeport Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
(617) 265-2766

Stop and Shop
1025 Truman Highway
Hyde Park, MA 02136
(617) 361-7887

Milton - Community

Public Transportation

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) runs the city’s subways, trolleys and surface buses and commuter trains.  With the original tracks laid in 1897, together with recent line updates, the system can now claim to be the oldest and newest in the country.

Many commuters use The Commuter Rail in Readville or Fairmont, the trolley (multiple stops along Eliot Street and Milton Village) which takes you to the redline in Ashmont  or they use the North Quincy redline stop.  To find out the nearest public transportation and schedule near you please visit the MBTA website.

Council on Aging

10 Walnut Street
Milton, Ma 02186

The Milton Council on Aging (“COA”) is a town department comprised of a nine-member board appointed by the Board of Selectmen.  It was established in 1980 to respond to the needs of Milton’s seniors and to enhance their quality of life.  Working together with the director, staff, and volunteers, the COA provides programs and services for all residents 60 and over.  It also assists family members with information and referrals on elder issues. The Senior Center is a focal point in the community for information and activities.  Ongoing interest groups include computers, knitting, cribbage, bridge, book clubs, and much more.  COA also offers transportation for medical care, grocery shopping, and also offers special day trips.  All are welcome to visit and membership is not required to participate.

Call the center at 617-898-4893 for schedules and more information or visit

Houses of Worship

Church of Our Savior, Episcopal
The Reverend George Welles, Jr.
453 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186

East Congregational Church
The Reverend Sara Marean, Co- Pastor
The Reverend Eric Marean, Co- Pastor
610 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186

First Congregational Church, UCC
Reverend Dr. Jeffrey P. Johnson, Minister
495 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

First Parish in Milton, Unitarian Universalist
Reverend Parisa Parsa
535 Canton Ave
Milton, MA 02186

Mattapan Baptist Church
Doctor Rodney F. Price, Pastor
587 Eliot Street
Milton, MA 02186

Parkway United Methodist Church
Reverend Anthony Brima
158 Blue Hills Parkway
Milton, MA 02186

Saint Agatha Church
Reverend Peter Casey, Pastor
432 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186

Saint Elizabeth’s Church
Reverend Aiden J. Walsh, Pastor
350 Reedsdale Road
Milton, MA 02186

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
The Rev. Samuel S. Rodman, III, Rector
112 Randolph Ave
Milton, MA 02186

Saint Mary of the Hills Church
Reverend Arthur F. Wright, Pastor
29 St. Mary’s Road
Milton MA 02186
617- 696-0120

Temple Shalom of Milton
Rabbi Alfred Benjamin
180 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186


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Andrews Park
9 Acres
Belcher Circle (behind East Milton Square)

  • Playground Equipment
  • Tennis Courts (3)
  • Basketball Court
  • Little League Baseball Diamonds (2)
  • Soccer Fields
  • Softball Field

Cunningham Park
owned and operated by a private foundation
Edgehill Road (across from Cunningham and Collicot Schools)

  • Playground Equipment
  • Tennis Courts
  • Baseball Diamonds (Little League and Regulation size)
  • Multi-purpose fields
  • Town pool for residents

Crane Park
Memorial Site, 2 Acres
Belcher Circle

Kelly Field   [11 Acres]
Brook Road (beside Pierce Middle School)
Playground equipment
Tennis Courts (7)
Regulation Baseball Diamond (1)
Softball Field (1)
Soccer Field (1)

Mary C. Lane Playground   [4 Acres]
Randolph Ave (near Brook Road)
Playground equipment
Little League Baseball Diamond
Basketball Court (half court)

Milton High School Athletic Fields    [15 Acres]
25 Gile Rd. (Adjacent to Milton High School)

Shields Park   [5 Acres]
Eliot Street
Playground equipment
Little League Baseball Diamond

Town Landing   [2 Acres]
Canton Ave
Gazebo – Summer Concerts

Turners Pond    [26 Acres]
Central Ave
Fishing (permit only)
Walking Path
The Milton Parks and Recreation stocks and maintains Turners Pond. Fishing badges are required to fish in this pond. Badges are on sale at the Parks and Recreation office during business hours. Cost $3.00 for children and $5.00 for adults.  Senior citizens are free.  A state fishing license is required for everyone over 15 years of age.  State licenses are available at the Quincy City Hall.  Park Department permit badges must be worn on outer clothing and visible when fishing.

Milton - Schools

Milton Public Schools

The Milton Public Schools serves approximately 3,900 students in four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. In addition Milton offers a developmental preschool, before and after school programs and summer school programs. All six of the district’s buildings have been rebuilt or updated to state-of-the-art facilities.

Read more on the various programs of Milton Public Schools:

Elementary Schools

Collicot Elementary School
80 Edge Hill Road
Milton, MA 02186

Cunningham Elementary School
44 Edge Hill Road
Milton, MA 02186

Glover Elementary School
255 Canton Ave
Milton, MA 02186
617- 696-4288

Tucker Elementary School
187 Blue Hills Parkway
Milton, MA 02186

Middle School

The Pierce Middle School has about 970 students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. In order to properly accommodate the developmental differences, the grades are divided into teams. The teachers on the teams instruct the students in the Core Subjects (English, Math, Science and Social Studies.) Those teachers all have the same time available in their schedules to meet together to plan instruction and meet with parents. In addition to the Core Subjects just identified, all students take a World Language and have a wide array of Exploratory Subjects to take. Among them are: Art, Band, Chorus, Computer, Drama, Electronic Music and Music Appreciation.

Pierce Middle School
451 Central Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Milton High School

The Mission Statement of Milton High School is to graduate students who are equipped to reach their potential and contribute to the global community by engaging them in a rigorous, enriching educational program that emphasizes respect, achievement, and citizenship.

Milton High School is a comprehensive high school with an enrollment of over 1,000 students in grades 9-12.  In 2008 Milton High School ranked number 526 on Newsweek magazine’s list of the best high schools in the country.

Milton High School
25 Gile Road
Milton, MA 02186

Private Schools

Thacher Montessori School
1425 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

The Delphi Academy
564 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Milton Academy
170 Centre Street
Milton, MA 02186
617- 898-1798

St. Agatha’s Elementary School
440 Adams Street,
Milton, MA 02186

St. Mary’s of the Hills Elementary School
29 Saint Marys Road
Milton, MA 02186

High School
Fontbonne Academy
303 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186-4253


Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

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Early Education

Adams Street Early Learning Center
453 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00-3:00
, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-3:15
Ages: 2.9 years to 5 years
Open: Follows Milton Public Schools’ calendar
Cultivates the young child’s emerging self-concept with a diverse preschool program. Focuses on developing physical, social and cognitive skills through structured play.

Campbell School
180 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Preschool Hours: M-F 8:45-11:45am
Kindergarten Hours: M-F 8:45-2:45pm
 Early arrival and extended day to 2:45pm
Ages: 2.9-6 years
The Campbell School came to be through a unique and wonderful collaboration of dedicated, caring, committed individuals who believe in the value of a developmentally sound educational program that embraces tolerance, acceptance, love, humor, kindness and diversity.  The children, parents, teachers and administration of the Campbell School are family.  As family, we strive daily to fulfill the promise each child brings to us and to the world.

Carriage House Nursery School
535 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: M-F Mornings: 9:00-11:45/Afternoons: 12:30-3:15 
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ages: 2.9 years to 5 years
Pre-Kindergarten Age: 4.9+ years
Pre-Kindergarten Hours: M,W,F  12:30-3:15pm
Warm, nurturing environment allows children to grow and learn by helping them feel successful without pressure, moving one step at a time. Celebrating more than 25 years!

Centre School
505 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: M-F 7:30-5:30pm; part day and full day. Toddler and preschool programs.
Ages: 18 months to 5 years
Open: Year round
Nurturing environment where children feel safe, comfortable and trusting as they develop self-esteem and self-confidence in an interactive, child-centered, developmentally appropriate program.

Curry Early Childhood Center
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: Open 50 weeks a year
Ages: 3 months to 6 years
Quality child care and education for young children at Curry College, with flexible full day scheduling.   The full time staff is assisted by student teachers and college interns to provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, stimulating environment.  Enrollment priority is given to employees of the College.

Delphi Academy
564 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: Offers both half and full day schedules
Ages: Starting at 3.9 years
Delphi Academy of Boston is an independent, coeducational, non-sectarian day school offering a preschool through eighth grade program. Academics focus on providing students with a solid grounding in the basics, a rich and challenging hands-on curriculum, and the ability to study purposefully and independently.

Discovery Schoolhouse
865 Brush Hill Road
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: 7:00-6:00pm
Ages: 2.9 years to 7 years
Open:  Year round
Preschool and kindergarten.  Interactive, child centered, multi-cultural developmentally appropriate program, which assumes children learn through active participation and discovery. Experiential, literacy-based program.  Diversity of children and staff.

Milton High School Child Study Program
25 Gile Road
Milton, MA 02186
617-696-4478 x5513
Open: Follows Milton Public School calendar.
A part-day preschool program led by a professional teacher with high school child study students.  To find out more information about this preschool option, you can e-mail Eileen Mullen at

Milton Integrated Preschool
80 Edgehill Road
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: Morning and afternoon sessions
Ages: 3 years to 5 years
Open: Follows Milton Public School calendar.
Serves young children with special needs and their normally developing peers. Operated by Milton Public Schools.

St. Mary of the Hills
250 Brook Road
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: 9:00-3:00pm
Ages: must be 4 by August 31st
Open: Follows Milton Public School calendar.

Sunshine School
610 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: M-F 9:00-Noon and Tuesdays for a PreK group from 12:30-3:00pm
Also offer early drop-off beginning at 8:00 AM.  Lunch program offered from 12:00-1:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and extended day from 12:00-2:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Ages: 3 years to 5 years
Open: Follows Milton Public School calendar.  June/July summer camp for enrolled students.
Loving, supportive environment where all children are educated for success.  Governed by board of parents and director.

Thacher Montessori School
1425 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: Toddler Program M-F 8:15-4:00pm
Ages: 2.9 years to 14 years
Open: Follows Milton Public School calendar
Founded in 1971, offers a program of Montessori education at preschool to middle school levels.

The Children’s Center at Milton Academy
338 Centre Street
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: M-F 7:30-5:30pm
Ages: 1 month to 6 years
Open: Year round
Safe, secure and stimulating environment that fosters curiosity, creativity and self-esteem.  Priority given to faculty and staff of Milton Academy.  Managed by Bright Horizons.

Village School
112 Randolph Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
Hours: 8:30-11:30am two, three or five day programs.  12:30-3:00pm M, W, F.  Pre-K: 8:30-11:30am M, W, F plus T & Th 8:30-2:30pm.  Extended day options for morning programs M, T, W.
Ages: 2.9 years to 5 years
Open: Follows Milton Public School calendar.  Summer programs in June and July.
Stimulating materials, motivating curriculum and guidance allow physical, social, intellectual and emotional development at child’s own pace. Small classes with two experienced teachers per class.
Frequent communication with parents.

After School Programs

After School Enrichment Program (ASE)
Early School Arrival Program (ESAP)
Milton Community Schools
25 Gile Road
Milton, MA 02186
Contact – Pam Dorsey
617-696-5040 X5544

Milton Community Schools (MCS) was founded in 1980 to provide extended school day activities in a safe learning environment.   They offer early school (ESAP) and after school (ASE) enrichment programs, vacation week camps, and an all-day summer camp.  MCS received a Community Builder Award in 2000 for enriching childhood education in Milton.  Each elementary school offers a different curriculm for each grade.  Days and times you would like your child to enroll are flexible.  The last class of the day is offered from 4:30-5:30pm.   ESAP morning drop off is anytime after 7:00am For more information please visit

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