Academic Support | Tilton School

Academic Support

The Centre for Academic Achievement (CAA)—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 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.

Our approach is customized to your student.

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.

common areas of support

Time Management and Organization

Coaching allows students to learn effective strategies for managing time and organizing workload—especially for large projects.

Mathematics Support

Support in mathematics begins with a focus on each student’s foundation in math—then builds  on that foundation using course content. Students work towards eliminating gaps in math skills via the practice of foundational and new skills, increasing confidence, and performance, in class.

English as a Second Language

Speakers of other languages gain practice and personal instruction in English to develop vocabulary, enhance writing skills, and improve oral communication for presentations. 

Reading and Writing

Support in reading and writing begins with a focus on each student’s experience in essay writing—then builds on that foundation using course content. Students work towards enhancing critical thinking skills through close-reading, increasing confidence and performance in class.

Peer Tutoring and Drop In Assistance

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.

CAA Fees

  • Two sessions per week – $7,350
  • Four sessions per week – $14,700

*Prices shown are for the full school year

Included Services

  • Individualized scheduling
  • Student groupings if needed by similar skill level and learning needs
  • Tutorial sessions as part of a regular daily schedule
  • An individualized learning plan and a record of daily work
  • Assessment of student learning style and teaching of student self-advocacy
  • Regular contact with classroom teachers and advisors
  • Communication with parents by email or phone
  • No-fee drop-in assistance at any time, depending on staff availability
  • Access to all learning and technology resources of the CAA facility, including study rooms, computers, learning aids and classroom texts

How to Register

To learn more, or to register, please contact Tyson Conrad, Director of the Center for Academic Achievement.

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