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The Mastery Approach

What if learning was seen as an opportunity to grow and showcase your strengths? What if failure and success were valued as necessary to progress? What if who I am, how I learn, how I practice, and my dreams of who I want to be were seen first? What if I were encouraged to master a skill not simply memorize content?

Tilton School approaches teaching, learning and living with these questions in mind.

The Mastery Approach is a customized learning process that incorporates the best educational practices using authentic, purposeful investigations, guided self-reflection, and honest, thoughtful feedback designed for a student to assess and grow their aptitudes, skills, interests, and strengths. It is not a one-size-fits-all model. Nor does it occur just in the classroom, but in every aspect of life at Tilton.

The Mastery Approach puts the student in the driver’s seat of their education. It is not just a curriculum. It’s about providing opportunities for students to show their strengths, explore their interests and discover their potential. We do this through Our Learning Approach and Our Learning Process.

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The Mastery Approach is how we learn, teach and live.

A Tilton School education provides our graduates with a powerful sense of purpose that ensures that no matter how the world changes, they will have the skills and motivation to positively contribute to the world as lifelong learners who find joy and fulfillment in creating meaningful change.

Why ask "Why?"

We believe that when adolescents become truly aware of their own strengths and weaknesses they are more engaged in setting goals and paths that are meaningful to them. An opportunity for self-discovery serves as a link to confidence, independence, and joy. This personalized experience awakens a drive to know more, specifically in areas of significant interest and passion, resulting in a greater depth of knowledge.

Complex challenges require creative thinkers who approach problems with the understanding that asking important questions can provide as much value as having the answers.

We encourage our students to seek their own questions because it naturally provides a focus on learning how to learn and promotes critical thinking.

Find out how the mastery approach fuels our personalized Guided Program of Study.

Explore the Guided Program of Study