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The citizens of Milford believe in and support our educational system. Milford is a community that values education and has high expectations for all of its students. Emphasizing a partnership with parents and the community, involvement in our schools is paramount. Milford is recognized by America’s Promise as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People, because of its emphasis on teaching “life skills” to all youth.

Nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools make up the public school system. Providing full-day kindergarten, the average class size is under 19 at the elementary level. Middle schools feature team-based instruction and curriculum-related field trips. The Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence was awarded to Harborside Middle School. Milford’s two high schools have various amenities including a planetarium, observatory, and swimming pool. A full array of sports and other extra-curricular activities abound. Eighty percent of city students go on to higher education. Scores on Connecticut Mastery Tests and Connecticut Academic Performance Tests are comparable to the wealthiest districts in our state.

Elementary school through high school, private religious education is available through many of the local churches and religious affiliations. Our Lady of Mercy-Lauralton Hall has prepared young women for higher education for over 100 years.

Milford is also home to Platt Technical High School, a four-year high school program that is designed to provide entrance into various skilled trades as well as apprentices. Being able to supply our community with these types of skill trades keeps Milford in a competitive position in the job market as well as producing technical entrepreneurs. The business community works with Platt to provide support and technical assistance to the school.

Institutions of higher education proliferate the region. Within a 40-mile radius are colleges and universities of prominence. Yale University, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, and Gateway Community Technical College are located in the New Haven area. In the Bridgeport area is Housatonic Community College, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport. The University of Connecticut operates a branch in Waterbury and Stamford.

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