At the core of the Guided Program of Study is a process of profound individualized active self-discovery built on the foundation of six pillars of deeper learning: Exploration, Partnerships, Community, Intensives, Wellness, and Academics. These six areas of self-discovery provide an opportunity for our students to utilize their skills and knowledge that have depth and purpose in their educational journey preparing them for a world marked by diversity and change.
We provide opportunity.
At Tilton School, students are encouraged to imagine and create learning opportunities that require them to fully immerse themselves in the process. An Independent Learning Experience (ILE) is derived from student passions. With approval from the Academic Dean and guidance from a faculty/staff mentor, students mold their passion into an objective and project with specific, manageable, and measurable goals outside of their regular school work.
Exploratory, self-designed programs of study represent the ultimate student-school partnership. Students willing to venture outside the formal curriculum to design their own learning program demonstrate the two habits of mind most closely associated with successful leadership -- vision and initiative. Tilton School encourages students to strike out on their own, beyond the classroom and into the world of work and learning beyond campus.
Recent exploratory programs have taken several forms, the focus, function and form arising from genuine student interest, or a shared interest between student and teacher.
Read about a recent ILE in Geology >
Further opportunities to explore and master Essential Skills outside of the traditional classroom curriculum are provided in Grade Level Programming. Because 12th-graders have different knowledge and skills than 9th-graders, each grade focuses on the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental needs.