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Signature Spaces & Programs

Milken’s signature programs equip students with leading-edge skills to transform how we learn and live as a global society. From robotics to environmental science to sports medicine, we expose students to emerging trends and give them hands-on opportunities to pioneer new horizons. Our school is renowned for its emphasis on innovative excellence and its dedication to helping students invent the fields of the future.



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  • Advanced Science Research and Design

    Part of the MAST program, Advanced Science Research and Design is a three-year Science Research program is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific research and then immerse the student in the scientific research literature of their chosen field. Students will apply their knowledge to create hypotheses and experimental designs with the ultimate goal of performing original research with leading scientists. In the capstone of the Science Research program, students submit the results of their research to the Regeneron Science Talent Search in the fall of their senior year.
  • Architecture and Design Institute

    Milken’s Architecture + Design Institute (ADI) is a national  leader in preparing students with a comprehensive  foundation in product and structural design.

    Using mathematical, scientific, and artistic processes, students harness creative solutions to real-world problems, learning from professional architects and designers through presentations, panels, field trips, and hands-on experiences in the community.

    At ADI, students hone research, analysis, drawing, and conceptual development skills to expand their capacity for innovative problem-solving and critical thinking. Collaboration as well as peer and instructor feedback provide multiple points of view that enhance students’ work.
  • Guerin Family Institute and Fab Lab

    GUERIN FAMILY INSTITUTE AND FAB LAB

    The FabLab contains state-of-the-art equipment
    Following a comprehensive, $6.2 million renovation, the Guerin Family Institute and Fab Lab at Milken officially opened In September 2016. The state-of-the-art facility's makeover was part of the school’s ongoing commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, promoting innovative technologies and embracing Milken’s position as a leader in secondary education.

    Located on Milken’s Upper School campus, the Guerin Family Institute houses the area’s only MIT-inspired Fab Lab. A groundbreaking home for student exploration and invention, the Fab Lab includes a computer-aided design (CAD) lab, an engineering lab and a cutting-edge classroom, enabling students to redefine possibilities in programming and design.

    The Guerin Family Institute and Fab Lab is equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine and key programming tools, nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation by empowering students to give life to imagination. Spurred on by their work here, many Milken students enter into national and international competitions, often walking away with prestigious awards and recognition.

    Featuring open spaces meant to foster collaboration and support the free flow of creative ideas, the facility is a hub at Milken, connecting students and faculty with each other and with a global community of professional and educational resources. Members of our community from across disciplines access the technology and training available, leveraging what they learn to push the boundaries of next-generation discovery.
  • MAST

    Thanks to a generous donation from the Edward D. and Anna Mitchell Family Foundation and the Kayla Mitchell Foundation, the Mitchell Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) launched in 2003 to transform science education for Milken students.

    MAST provides Milken students with extraordinary elective and extracurricular opportunities. In tandem with our Innovation & Fabrication and Science Departments, MAST provides a wide variety of programs in advanced research and design, computer science, engineering, and robotics. 

    The MAST room – a fully functional science lab – is located in our Science Department quad at the heart of Milken’s campus, which also features lab spaces specially designed to support our biology, chemistry and physics programs. It’s a hub of teaching and learning positioned directly between the Esther and Sol Smith Family Library and the Guerin Family Institute, giving students access to state-of-the-art research databases, design software, engineering machinery and teleconferencing technology.
  • Positive Education

    This Signature Pedagogy comes in many forms on Milken’s campus: a wildly popular class in Positive Psychology for upper-level students; a rethinking of a grade-centered approach to success; and seminars on the topic for parents, faculty, staff, and board members. It advances a philosophy that enables us to identify our strengths, deepen our sense of appreciation, and form lasting bonds with others. This unique program at Milken has transformed our students’ perspectives, empowering them with the tools to change negative habits and foster an optimistic outlook on life.
  • Tiferet Israel Fellowship

    The Tiferet Israel Fellowship is unique to Milken and designed to create ambassadors for the State of Israel as well as future leaders in the American Jewish community. Tiferet offers our 10th grade Fellows the opportunity of a lifetime – to make Israel their campus for an entire semester. Tiferet Israel Fellows explore how living and learning in Israel helps them build their own identities, and in turn become leaders in the continued building of the State of Israel.
  • X-Learning

    X-Learning is a Milken Signature Pedagogy that engages the Milken community in the design thinking process, engaging students to solve real-world problems and cultivating their abilities as innovators and entrepreneurs. The program, inspired by Stanford University’s d.school, harnesses the power of immersive learning, giving students access to a leading-edge makerspace that allows them to master vital design principles.
  • Beit Midrash Fellowship

    Beit Midrash Fellowship is an advanced, innovative Jewish studies program that integrates high-level text learning, social action, and community building. Beit Midrash students develop sophisticated teaching on contemporary personal and social issues, enrich the Jewish life of the larger Milken community, and work together to develop the Global Beit Midrash program, enabling Jewish teenagers from around the world to connect, collaborate, and create. 

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