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.
Gesher helps seniors build social, emotional, and spiritual bridges from Milken to college and beyond.  It reinforces who they are, the gifts that they carry and how they can contribute to the dining hall, dormitory, classroom, and extracurricular arena.

-Rabbi Bernat-Kunin,
Rabbinic Director
Gesher is designed to meet the seniors where they are at and help them with what they are facing.  Our goal is to differentiate their educational experience and give them tools to help in their transition.

-Beau Lindsay,
Assistant Principal, Grades 11 & 12

School Information

Saperstein Middle School Campus
    15900 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
    Tel 310.903.4800 

Upper School Campus 
    15800 Zeldins’ Way, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
    Tel 310.440.3500  
    Fax 310.471.5139

Milken School is a college prep private day school in Los Angeles established on the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish values. This Jewish Day School serves students in grades 7-12.

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