About Tilton

Our Mission

Tilton School prepares students to embrace and navigate a world driven by diversity and change. Through the quality of human relationships, Tilton School’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.

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 250+ hails from 20 states and 15 foreign countries. Although the Tilton experience is different for every student, it challenges all students to try new things, learn new skills, and set new goals.

175 Years of Agility

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!

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

Minutes from Boston
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Student:Faculty Ratio
Countries represented by the student body
0 /25
Boarding/day student percentage
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Student body in leadership positions
Creative Arts Offerings
Competitive athletics team offerings
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From Head of School Kate Saunders

Tilton is fueled by people dedicated to making the most of students’ time here. For 175 years, our school has combined academic rigor with social, creative, and athletic opportunities that enable every student to tap into the power of their own potential.

That starts with classroom teachers and coaches, but the special magic of Tilton comes from every corner: it’s in the friendly faces in the business office and dining hall, it’s in the care we take making dormitories a home away from home, and it’s in the subtle beauty of our scenic hilltop campus.

Come visit, and you’ll feel it in an instant: people are what make Tilton great, and that includes you.

Board of Trustees

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

William Addai ’89
Bowie, MD

Harold Bailey, Jr. ’66
Westport, CT

Deborah Boniske P’16
St. Louis, MO

Bernice Bradin P’19
Waban, MA

Tyson Conrad
Faculty Representative
Tilton, NH

AaLeiyah DeSimas ’12
Pleasanton, CA

Amy Elfline P’22
Center Harbor, NH

Maya L. Grant ’09
Brooklyn, NY

Richard Grellier ’79
Old Greenwich, CT

Anthony Hillman ’97
Horsham, PA

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

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
Second Vice Chair
Thetford Center, VT

Jamie A. Rome ’80
Chestnut Hill, MA

Mark S. Rudd ’69
New York, NY

Kate Saunders
Head of School
Tilton, NH

John Shaughnessy
Medfield, MA

Andrea Tecce ’88
Steamboat Springs, CO

Jeremy Wong ’11
Manchester, NH