Guided Program of Study

A personalized education begins with truly knowing our students (and helping them to know themselves). By establishing an understanding of each student’s abilities, talents, skills and interests we are able to determine how best to engage them in their learning.

From there, we work together­–student, advisor, and parent­–to plan a program of study that is both meaningful and relevant. Student involvement in this process is critical, because when a student becomes truly aware of their own strengths and weaknesses they are more engaged in setting goals and paths that are meaningful to them.

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Through feedback and reflection, students are in charge of their own learning and understand their potential is a convergence of knowledge, skills, and opportunity.

Tilton's personalized Guided Program of Study engages each student to ask and answer: What do I knowWhat am I good at? and What does the world need?

This shows a student the power of their potential.

THE RESULT? Learning how to learn while mastering skills with confidence, independence, and joy. This is the Guided Program of Study.

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.

learn more about our essential skills and areas of self-discovery.

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