Learning Theme: Self-discovery

Essential Questions: Who Am I? Who Do I Want to Become?

In this year, students begin crafting their personalized Guided Program of Study in partnership with Tilton faculty, most notably their advisor, through purposeful assessments, the creation of SMART goals, self-reflection, and technology tools.

The 9th-grade curriculum is designed to engage students to think critically, solve real-world problems and effectively communicate their solutions. Through project-based learning, students collaborate in asking questions, debating ideas, and collecting data.

This engaging and rigorous academic program is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, promote active learning, and instill long-lasting study skills that serve as an academic foundation upon which students build throughout their time at Tilton. 

Elements of the 9th-grade program include:

  • Community-driven residential and advisory programs including health and wellness and a focus on team-building in outdoor activities;
  • A year-long Freshman Seminar Class focusing on the development of the five Essential Skills;
  • Cross-discipline content connections in all classes;
  • Directed community service projects including the Empty Bowls project;
  • And the development of design-thinking strategies and skills.

The freshman year prepares students to be better participating members of society who are aware of everything that’s going on around them.

- Eliza Smith,
Grade Level Leader

Through the development of their personalized Guided Program of Study, 9th grade students will work with their advisor and college counseling staff to establish a strong working relationship that will deepen throughout their time at Tilton School. This includes creating a strategic plan for course selection and guidance for purposeful involvement beyond the classroom for years to come.

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