Friday nights are spent with dorm mates playing any number of games or bonding with friends and enjoying a more relaxed and impromptu activity outside on our beautiful campus.
Saturday mornings are dedicated to sharing and seeing what the other Discovery Tracks are experiencing and producing. These are informal discussions, demonstrations, or videos shared with the community in the comfort of our auditoriums. After lunch, we will embark on an outdoor adventure that is selected among the most popular of activities from our surveys collected from families during the registration process. We might go whitewater rafting, hiking, camping or participate in team building at a ropes course. Our experienced staff of counselors and faculty joins all trips.
On Sundays, overnight trips return to campus in time for brunch. After cleaning up, students have a more relaxed schedule. This is a time they often go off in smaller groups with a faculty member to visit a Collaborative Partner within a day-trip away.
Day students are enthusiastically welcomed, but not required, to participate in weekend activities during their sessions.
How many students attend each session?
Ask any Tilton School student and they will say that knowing most everyone in a community is what makes it so special. We, therefore, try to focus on the community during the summer as well. We believe this can be accomplished through knowing every student and so our programs are relatively small. We expect only about 60 students total in our session for summer 2018, divided among the four Discovery Tracks.
What is dormitory life like?
With the guidance and support of the dormitory faculty and advisors, students experience a community environment in which they live, work, and associate with the same people who are their teachers, advisors, and mentors. Developing a close, nurturing relationship that exists between the dormitory faculty and the students is an intentional strength of the TSSI and is the one aspect of the experience that students remember with fondness. Living closely with other students from widely differing backgrounds is one of the most rewarding experiences of the institute. The dormitories are arranged by gender, so girls in one dorm, and boys in another, each with same-sex dorm adults to oversee and guide.
Will students have access to telephones and email?
Students are permitted to have cell phones during the summer program. Students also have access to a telephone on each floor of each dormitory. TSSI faculty will provide parents with the student's dormitory number. Parents can reach their child in the dormitory at the prescribed times, which are given to parents in their information packet mailing. An email account and address will be established for each student’s use and shared with parents.