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About Tilton – A New Hampshire Prep School

Our Mission

Tilton is a New Hampshire prep school that prepares students to embrace and navigate a world driven by diversity and change. Through the quality of human relationships, Tilton’s community cultivates in its students the curiosity, the skills, the knowledge and understanding, the character, and the integrity requisite for the passionate pursuit of lifelong success and service.

Aerial view at sunset of Tilton's New Hampshire Prep School campus

Embracing the Future Since 1845

Since the founding of Tilton School in 1845, we have pursued our mission: challenge students to embrace and navigate a world driven by diversity and change. So how do we do it?  By fueling curiosity, igniting passions, and fostering a love for learning that allows teenagers to realize the power of their own potential. We believe that deep and meaningful relationships with teachers bring out students’ very best. As a school, we arm students with the skills to reason, to solve problems, to collaborate, and to invent the future. We call our curriculum The Mastery Approach, and its a potent combination of Essential Skills, Self-Discovery, and clear and supportive Guidance.

Tilton School, located in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire, is an independent college preparatory school for all genders. Tilton’s campus has over 38 buildings, spread over approximately 150 acres. Tilton’s student body of 200+ hails from approximately 20 states and 15+ foreign countries. Although the Tilton experience is different for every student, if you’re looking for a New Hampshire prep school, our unique approach challenges all students to try new things, learn new skills, and set new goals. 

175 Years of Agility – The Evolution of a New Hampshire Prep School

In its history, Tilton has been a coed and a single gender boarding school, a town Academy, a junior college, and even a seminary. Today we’re an independent, coeducational boarding school of more than 200 students from all over the world—and we’re known for our innovative curriculum, unique approach to assessment, and individualized attention to our students. Join us!


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We are entrusted with the intellectual and spiritual development of students as future leaders of an evermore complex and challenging world. In order to fulfill this responsibility, Tilton must continue to obtain the finest, most committed and caring faculty; develop the most innovative and effective educational programs; and maintain facilities that are essential to meet these goals.

Board Member, Class of 1969

Tilton by the numbers

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Head of School Kate Saunders

Kate Saunders became Tilton’s 28th—and first female—Head of School in November 2021. Now in her 15th year at Tilton, Saunders has previously served as the school’s Assistant Head of School for Enrollment, Assistant Head of School, and Director of Admissions. She and her husband Matt raised their two children, Isaiah ’17 and Mackenzie ’21, here on the Hill.

In addition to her experience at Tilton, she is also an educational leader on both a local and national level, having worked with organizations like The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and the Independent Schools of Northern New England (ISANNE).

“At Tilton, relationships are a centerpiece of our work and our growth. This is a community where teachers, mentors, coaches, and friends will help shape your life;
the people make the place.”

— Kate Saunders, Head of School

Head Of School Kate Saunders

Board of Trustees

A dedicated group of alumni, past parents, and friends provide unwavering support to uphold the mission and values of Tilton School through their work each year as members of the Board of Trustees.

Simon Abrahms ’09
New York, NY

William Addai ’89
Bowie, MD

Harold Bailey, Jr. ’66
Westport, CT

Deborah Boniske P’16
St. Louis, MO

Bernice Bradin P’19
Waban, MA

AaLeiyah DeSimas ’12
Pleasanton, CA

Robert Graham ’73
Portsmouth, NH

Richard Grellier ’79
Old Greenwich, CT

Anthony Hillman ’97
Horsham, PA

J. Terrill Judd ’70
First Vice Chair
Spring Lake, MI

Kristen Kupperman ’06
Houston, TX

Signe Kurian ’87
Atherton, CA

Duane Lowenstein P’18
Andover, MA

Matthew Masiello ’90
Hampton, NH

David McElhinny P’13
Fishers Island, NY

John M. Morton ’64, P’05
Thetford Center, VT

Jamie A. Rome ’80
Chestnut Hill, MA

Kate Saunders P’17, ’21
Head of School
Tilton, NH

Joseph Scala-Harbert
Faculty Representative
Tilton, NH

John Shaughnessy P’26
Medfield, MA

Andrea Tecce ’88
Second Vice Chair
Steamboat Springs, CO

Stephan Weiss ’61
Cincinnati, OH