Grade Level Programs

Today’s students need to practice independence, and that begins with the basic skills to navigate the world.  Our Grade Level Program teaches age-appropriate life-skills, giving students the confidence—and sense of accomplishment—that can fuel their exploration of bigger topics and larger opportunities.

Ninth Grade


Many ninth-grade boarding students are away from home for the first time in their lives, and to be successful, it’s important that they set a strong foundation: time management, arriving to class well-prepared, working with others as a team. 

As the year progresses, ninth-graders gain new skills that help them transit the academic and social landscape at school: Class participation and productive discussion habits. The peaceful and respectful resolution of disagreements. Mindfulness of their impacts on others. 

Tenth Grade 

Sophomore year is a time in which students begin to explore service opportunities—and experiment with new liberties—both on campus and off. Many of our students learn to drive during sophomore year, for example, so changing a tire and checking the oil are relevant and empowering skills to acquire. 

In study-related matters, tenth-graders flex their muscles with research, document preparation, and presentation skills—which help them succeed in the classroom and prepare them for work experiences and college preparation.

Eleventh Grade 

During junior year, Grade Level Programming focuses on building confidence and independence in learning—and greater personal maturity in all aspects of school life.

Juniors are busy with important work, not the least of which is their preparation for the college process. They need to hone their research skills, practice interviews, build resumes, and get a stronger sense of who they are and what they want to study. In this respect, Grade Level Programming becomes a  little more professional—appropriate when many 11th graders often maintain summer jobs, internships, or other work experiences.

Twelfth Grade/PG 

Preparation for college extends beyond academics. Seniors practice and hone the skills needed to secure a place at the college of their choice, but they also learn the skills they’ll need to succeed—and lead—once they transition to college life.

As college approaches, seniors need skills and knowledge around sexuality and consent, financial management, and independent living—all in preparation for them to make good choices with their impending independence.

Before they go, seniors are asked to reflect on the role they play at Tilton, to learn in the positions of leadership they occupy at Tilton, and to leave a legacy for students who come after.