I currently live in Milford and can't say enough about our experience with the elementary school (Brookside). The teachers and administrators are great and really have the kids total well being at heart. They are very active in working with parents and do a good job of keeping them informed. They've had some wonderful learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom and really work to get the kids to care about their school. They also like to catch the children doing good things and rewarding them for it in lots of different ways from a sticker to a WOW award to having lunch with the Principle (this method is called PBIS and has really seemed to work well and is used system wide). You might wish to speak to the school itself (there are several elementary schools in town to get more information, an introduction and a tour.)
Milford also has a very active community use program http://mcs.milford.ma.us/ where you can (for a small fee) enroll your kids for swimming lessons at the High School pool or for a variety of classes and programs. They also have classes for adults too. :)
Milford also has the Milford Family and Community Network http://www.milfordfcn.com/ which is a great resource for new parents and families with young children. They offer playgroups, nurturing a reader program and a variety of resources for parents (Parents as Teachers). They also have a fantastic annual toy sale that is fantastic.
Milford is a great diverse town that has a lot of resources available to families. The parents I have met are down to earth, friendly and not a bit clique, especially with newcomers. Milford is centrally located (I commuted 8 years from Milford to Boston - I took the commuter rail - there's a station in Southboro and other in Franklin Forge Park (ample parking) and is affordable. It is also a diverse community which is a richness in itself.
I've heard mixed reviews of the Milford school system from some of my buyers who have looked for homes outside of Milford due to that reason. It really depends on what you are looking for in a school system. I'd recommend looking at the school's websites online and see how involved they are with different activities and parent participation if in the younger grades. Visit the schools and talk to the principals if you have time. I also send my buyers reports on the community and the schools that give a taste of how the students are doing and how many in each school, etc. if that is something that interests you. It can be sent through email for your convenience.
Angela Dolber, Realtor
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