Often times when visiting an independent school with postgraduate programs, students and families remark that it feels like visiting a college campus. It's true! Many of the same resources and opportunities exist, however, our environment is designed with more structure and support than colleges, to help students develop the skills of academic and social independence.
For many post-graduates, a year at Tilton provides them an opportunity to improve their academic skillset in preparation for the more rigorous expectations of college. For others, a postgraduate year allows them to develop greater maturity and self-sufficiency.
At boarding school, without their parents' guidance, post-graduate students learn to advocate for themselves, developing greater academic and life skills. Tilton provides the perfect environment for students to learn how to better manage their time and take care of personal items finances, laundry, interpersonal relationships. But don't worry: a team of adults including dorm parents, advisors, and teachers help guide students as they develop these skills.
Sara '19, Dominican Republic
Being at Tilton was an unforgettable experience. I made great friendships with people from all over the world; I started being more comfortable with myself and challenged myself to learn a new sport. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I decided to attend school so far away from home. I now have so many close friends here and Tilton feels like my home.
ONLY 60% OF STUDENTS GRADUATE COLLEGE IN 4 YEARS.*
Part of the reason is that students aren't ready for independent college life. Quality preparation to understand what it means to be independent, manage their time, and flourish away from home is necessary.
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The benefits of a postgraduate year
Personalized Advising and Guidance
Both the College Counseling program and the advisory program start from the moment of acceptance by designing a program targeting the goals for each postgraduate students experience.
Each student works with a College Counseling advisor on questions about course selection, NCAA clearinghouse standards, college placement and applications. College Counseling professionals are committed to a personalized program that begins with orientation after high school graduation to ensure that each student is well known and has a plan for the process.
Students at Tilton are also placed with an advisor who they will meet with weekly in their advisory groups of 6-8 students and on an individual one-on-one basis. A student's advisor is a resource for academic program questions, tips on navigating life on campus, and as a home away from home.
Academic Focus and Improvement
A postgraduate year can develop a student's academic profile significantly by selecting courses that best reveal their strengths and skill set. Coupled with the maturity that comes from an extra academic year, postgraduate students build their academic skills and are able to showcase their strengths. Tilton School provides opportunities for students to compete athletically, travel for community service and even participate in independent learning experiences (ILEs) with the guidance of faculty mentors. Our Mastery Approach allows students to focus in and elaborate on their strengths while also working on areas for improvement.
Tilton School athletics provide an opportunity to build a student's athletic profile and refine skills they feel need improvement in order to play a sport in college. The extra year of training can also help players improve their strength, agility, and overall mastery of a sport. A postgraduate year can provide additional opportunities needed to maximize a student's athletic potential and character development.