Growth > Grades
Tilton School teachers, coaches and residential staff commit themselves to providing honest, timely and thorough feedback on student work. Honoring student work with our time, attention and expertise, we build strong student-teacher relationships.
Essential Skills, Areas of Self-Discovery, and learned outcomes
Inquiry, Creation, Communication, Mindfulness, and Play are the essential skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world. Practice of these skills are threaded through all aspects of The Mastery Approach.
At the core of the Mastery Approach is a process of profound individualized active self-discovery, a learning journey for each student that is tailored to each students’ interests, passions, goals, beliefs, and strengths. Active self-discovery is built on the foundation of six pillars of deeper learning: Exploration, Partnerships, Community, Intensives, Wellness, and Academics. These 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.
The Essential Skills are investigated through the Areas of Self-Discovery and are demonstrated by students in the Learned Outcomes. Learned Outcomes serve as the basis for evaluation are are illustrated in each student's portfolio.
Student success is more than grades.
Academic Achievement and Habits of Mind
Academic Achievement grades and Habits of Mind grades target separate, but related, elements of the students' classroom learning experience.
Academic Achievement grades are assessments of what the student knows and what the student can do: Content Knowledge, Unit-Driven Understanding, Oral and Written Communication Skills, Critical Thinking and Flexibility, and Creative Engagement and Problem Solving.
Habits of Mind grades are assessments of traits that the student develops and brings to classroom learning – including effort, attitude, preparation, attendance, time management and organization, persistence: Intellectual Curiosity, Openness and Engagement, Time and Resource Management, Persistence, Resilience and Patience, Risk-Taking and Self-Advocacy, and Dependability and Punctuality.
In more traditional grading systems, these two areas are not separated. In our grading system with the inclusion of essential skills and areas of self-discovery, it is clear how much a student has learned.