The learning theme of the 9th Grade F.I.R.S.T. Program is Self-Discovery, with the essential question being Who Am I?
The three elements of the F.I.R.S.T. Program include:
An Integrated Academic Program
A Residential Program
A Year-long 9th Grade Seminar (team taught)
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 builds throughout their Tilton Experience.
Midway through the ninth grade year, students put these skills to test by participating in Integrated Week. This week of research-based, alternative programming exploring real-world issues culminates with the production of a short movie.
Ninth graders at Tilton School will follow a common core program of five and one half academic classes, plus the 9th Grade Seminar during our seven period rotating schedule. Our half-credit Introduction to the Arts class and the Seminar will each meet two days per week, while the other academic classes meet four times per week.