Helping students realize their full potential.
The Center for Academic Achievement provides individualized service for students who require one-on-one or small-group attention. The program goes beyond the extra help available in the academic program.
The Center’s sessions are scheduled throughout the academic day as part of the student’s daily schedule. CAA is not a study hall, but school assignments and projects often provide the focus and starting point for skill development and confidence building. Whether a student just needs some extra support with study skills, wants to improve his/her writing skills, or has a diagnosed learning challenge, the CAA provides the academic supports necessary to assist students in meeting their personal goals and the goals of the Tilton curriculum.
Student enrollment in the CAA is based on the recommendation of parents, teachers, advisors, the Academic Dean, the Admissions Committee and the Director of The Center for Academic Achievement. The additional fees for the Center for Academic Achievement services is determined by the number and type of learning sessions provided.
The CAA is staffed with highly qualified faculty to help students learn about their own individual strengths and challenges, as well as to help students develop a plan to set goals, improve skills and habits, and become better self advocates. CAA teachers help students develop skills in such areas as time management, organization, listening, note taking, reading comprehension, writing, and test skill strategies. In addition to these skills, the mathematics tutors offer minimal remediation in basic math skills. CAA teachers strive to encourage students to become independent thinkers and advocates for their education.
Prior to a student’s enrollment in the Center for Academic Achievement, their learning needs are assessed, and an individualized learning plan is developed with instructional methods that are most effective for their particular learning characteristics. Learning sessions go beyond instruction by empowering students to be advocates for themselves because students who gain and develop a greater understanding of their own needs also gain the confidence needed to recognize their own abilities.
Coaching allows students to learn effective strategies for managing time and organizing workload—especially for large projects..
Support in mathematics begins with a focus on each student’s foundation in math—then builds on that foundation using course content. Gaps in math skills are closes through practice of foundational and new skills, increasing confidence and performance in class.
Students strengthen reading and writing skills, with an emphasis on expressive writing. Using current assignments from English and Social Sciences classes, students review work with their CAA instructor to ensure effective grammar, syntax, and composition. Reviewing essays and reading assignments, students work with CAA teachers to improve reading comprehension and gain a deeper understanding of texts.
Speakers of other languages gain practice and personal instruction in English to develop vocabulary, enhance writing skills, and improve oral communication for presentations.
The CAA helps to support the learning of all students at Tilton School by offering more informal support programs, including the Peer Tutoring program, which is coordinated through the CAA. CAA staff match students who need subject specific tutoring with volunteer peer tutors who have shown strong academic achievement in that subject area. Students meet once or twice a week, depending on need.
The CAA also operates a drop-in support system for students who just have a quick question or need some quick guidance from a faculty member. The CAA is open one period per day, depending on availability of staff, during which a student can drop in for extra help. The drop-in program is meant as temporary, quick support, and does not take the place of any of the specialized programs.
For students who are English speakers of other languages, we offer the Integrated Language Support program specifically designed to develop English language skills, utilizing content classroom curriculum as well as supplemental materials.
“The help and support I have received at Tilton are unparalleled to anything that I have experienced before. My confidence increased which translated to success in the classroom because of the help and support I received. I was able to succeed this year because the teachers at Tilton gave me a sense of security and comfortability.”