School Life

Residential Experience

The Value of a Boarding School Experience

One of the most important and influential aspects of every student’s Tilton Experience is our residential life program.  The values inherent in living with other students and adults in a residential setting are every bit as important as the lessons taught in the classrooms, learned on the athletic fields or acquired in the art studio.  We frequently find that residential life is the genesis of some of our students’ strongest friendships.
It is in the dormitories where our boarding school students learn how to live as responsible members of a community: respecting their fellow students and adults, treating the physical environment with care, recognizing the safety of the entire community, learning sensitivity to differences, and embracing a respect for all community members. Tilton’s residential life program is committed to ensuring that the students on campus feel safe, valued, and a part of something greater than themselves.
Dormitories are most commonly separated by gender and age, allowing students access to their shared classmates, teammates and faculty members, and most every student will have a roommate.  Underclass students live in traditional residence halls with a bathroom and common space on each floor, while our upperclassmen traditionally transition to suite style living with common shared bathrooms.  We encourage you to check our Residence Halls on our Virtual Tour.  

Residence halls are staffed by a minimum of four dorm parents who, on a rotating schedule, supervise the dorms seven nights a week and are accessible from dinner time through the following morning.  Dorm staff are assisted by student dormitory proctors, a popular leadership position on campus, who assist in evening check-in and coordinating dorm chores.  

Although the school provides cleaning services in support of residential bathrooms, lobbies, hallways, etc., students are encouraged to take ownership of their living space. They should contribute to the well-being of the community by participating in the residential cleanliness of each dormitory. This requires all residents to alternately perform simple daily chores that contribute to the good of the community as a whole.