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Why Boarding School?

Sarah O'Neill
Teetering on the thought of boarding school? Whether you are a high school student looking to challenge yourself or a parent looking to advance your child’s educational experience, here are just a few reasons that boarding school life is beneficial.
Independence and preparation for life after high school
Studies show that approximately 70% of boarding school students say their experience has helped them develop more self-discipline, maturity, independence, and the ability to think critically. What many students experience for the first time in college, these boarding school students experience starting in 9th grade or earlier thus giving them the skills to be successful, and master those skills, at a younger age.

A strong sense of community
Part of attending boarding school is agreeing to be an active and positive part of the community. Students are constantly working and playing together, creating strong bonds with their classmates, dorm mates, coaches, and faculty. The community-centered social aspect of boarding schools can enhance confidence and propel personal growth. Students are encouraged to accept one another for who they are and to pursue the activities they find most rewarding without fear of judgement or ridicule.

High level academic, athletic, and leadership opportunities
Most boarding school students feel their school is challenging academically. Classroom sizes are smaller and therefore more focused on the individual students needs. For those interested in a college or professional sports career, the sports programs provide competition at an elite level, more so than most public schools, and are scouted more often by colleges. Also present are various opportunities for students to gain experience as leaders not only in the classroom and on the playing field, but in student government, in student life as proctors and many more. 

Exposure to other cultures
Boarding school students have consistent exposure with their peers, which include people from all over the world. This develops a cultural competence and over-arching societal understanding that might not be possible at a school made up of students from strictly neighboring communities. Students are exposed to many cultures and views and are more apt to develop a better understanding of cultural differences. 

Teachers who are passionate about what they do.
Educators who choose this career path are often very immersed in their area of study and take on duties outside of classroom teaching. At most boarding schools, teachers live on campus and are given additional duties within the community outside of the classroom such as coaching, advising, and dorm duty.

Here at Tilton, these standards above ring true, but we also abide by our own unique strategies, particularly in the area of academics. 
Tilton School is dedicated to igniting a persistent passion for knowledge. At the very core of this belief is an integrated teaching approach we call Grade Level Programming, which is both cross-discipline and grade-specific. The Grade Level Programs bring teams of teachers together with students to solve problems, think deeply and, work together to navigate their world with character and vision. These teams have been established based on grade level, and provide a consistent and effective planning vehicle for faculty. Each grade level program culminates with a significant performance moment, in which students authentically demonstrate the skills and knowledge that they have mastered during the year. Read about this years senior class program.

Guided Program of Study
The Guided Program of Study is an innovative education concept, focusing on the learning needs and expectations of today’s teenagers. With guidance and insight from parents, advisors, and teachers, future students will create a personalized educational journey to guide them through their time at Tilton. While this program is a constant work in progress, Tilton faculty currently makes up nine different teams, using design thinking to discover, empathize and prototype new ideas and solutions. Since 2015, the teams have collaborated with outside experts as well as current faculty and students, and began to design this uniquely powerful education journey for every Tilton student. Learn more about Tilton’s Grade Level Programming.
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