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School Life


A true sense of community abounds in the Dining Hall as it contributes to the quality of life across the campus, fostering relationships over shared meals. The food service program is designed to provide high quality, nutritional meals that appeal to the varying tastes of the whole school population.
All Tilton School meals are served in Knowles Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is open for three meals a day on weekdays; Saturdays for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and on Sundays for a mid-morning brunch and dinner.  Food is provided by SAGE Dining Services.  Students have unlimited access to Dining Hall food during its open hours.  

Dining Hall options are all encompassing and include a self-serve hot food section, fruit and salad bar, sandwich bar and soup station, in addition to several drink and dessert options.  Sunday Brunch - a favorite among both students and faculty - includes both a waffle and omelette station in addition to regular options.  The Dining Hall staff easily accommodates all food allergies and dietary restrictions.   
On each Monday evening the community participates in a family-style formal dinner. All boarding students are required to attend the meal in formal dress. Students are assigned to faculty tables on a rotating basis throughout the year, providing them an opportunity to meet new students and faculty members.

Throughout the year, various additional formal meals will be served to coincide with awards nights and holidays.  Finally, SAGE Dining Services coordinates “Educational Seasonings” throughout the year, which highlight menus that place food in cultural and historical contexts.  The program provides students opportunities to learn about ingredients, cuisines and cooking methods under the belief that learning isn’t confined to the classroom and students should explore and taste food and flavors from around the world.

Students also have access to Rusty’s Den, a snack bar located in the Student Center/MARC, which is open during both the school day and on weekends.  Popular items include breakfast sandwiches, coffee selections and ice cream treats! Students can pay with cash or charge their RAM Card.