Milken's senior year is designed to give our students time to refine and reflect on the work they have accomplished during their time at Milken and prepare for the transition to collegiate life. While allowing time for the college application process and making sure students continue to maintain their high academic standards, the seniors enjoy a series of events that help them mark this exceptional time in their life. These events include the Senior Shabbaton, a parent organized Senior Mystery Night, Senior Prom, and a celebration of learning during the Senior Siyyum
The senior year experience culminates in a unique and innovative Gesher (bridge) program, which was created to respect where the seniors are as learners and psychologically prepare them for the transition to college. By differentiating requirements for seniors and offering increased flexibility for their schedules, seniors can participate in meaningful experientially educational experiences including March of the Living.
Each student attends a number of communal sessions, during which we ask our seniors to consider a series of "big picture" questions including:
- What do I need to do to prepare for college practically, academically, and spiritually?
- What skills, values, and unique gifts do I bring to the table as a Milken graduate?
- How do I plan to grow over the next four years in the realms of Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Hasadim?
In order to help our seniors answer these questions, we bring in a variety of resources, including community leaders, alumni, faculty leaders, and experts on drug and alcohol use on college campuses. By engaging these speakers in both small and large groups, and giving students time to journal, share, and challenge one another, our students are more prepared to transition away from our community and enter into their next adventure.
Our unique senior programming gives our students the time and space necessary to successfully and actively grapple with the intense transition from high school to college, and helps them realize what obligations, abilities, and gifts they are ready to share with the world as Milken graduates.