Tilton United States of America
Tilton School

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Tilton School was founded in 1845 as a secondary school for boys and girls when both dormitory students and day students were accepted and about 76 boys and girls formed the first student body. Two buildings, a boarding house and a classroom building were built for the School in Northfield, New Hampshire, which is just across the Winnipesaukee River from the present campus. In the 1860s, a fire burned part of the school and forced relocation across the river, to the present campus. Several brick buildings were erected, to be replaced in the 1880s by Knowles Hall. Over the years, Tilton School has served many purposes, which were always related to the needs of the times. It has been a coeducational boarding school, a boys' boarding school, a public school, a female college, a junior college, and a secondary school with both college and general courses. In 1939, Tilton ceased serving as the local high school and became strictly an independent boarding and day school for boys. In 1958, the "general diploma" was dropped and only college preparatory courses were offered. In 1970, Tilton once again became co-educational. To this day, Tilton School remains coed with a total of 250 students and growing. Students from around the world makeup this wonderful community on the Hill.

  • Day school tuition N/A - $37375 USD
  • Grades for day school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    Post Graduate
  • Year founded 1845
  • Boarding school tuition N/A - $64975 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    Post Graduate
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed



Admissions Information

Admissions Process

• Visit Tilton: A campus visit requires approximately two hours, but you may wish to spend additional time on campus to attend one of our classes or speak with a teach or coach. • Complete Testing: We require applicants for the 9th and 10th grades to submit results of the SSAT. The Tilton School code for the SSAT is 7678. The SSAT also includes a Character Skills Snapshot because we know your child is much more than grades and test scores. It provides us with richer information about your child, and shows us areas where Tilton School can help them grow, thrive, and shine. Applicants for the 11th or 12th grade, and postgraduates should submit the PSAT, SAT or ACT test results. Testing is typically scheduled in the fall or winter preceding the year for which you are applying for admission. International students must submit TOEFL, TOEFL Junior, or the Duolingo English Proficiency Test results. Alternative forms of testing may be accepted after speaking with the Admissions Office. • Complete an Application: Apply by completing our online application or the SSAT Standard Application Online.

Entry Requirements

• Interview • Standardized testing • Application form

Applicant Evaluations

Grades 9-10: SSAT. Grades 11-12 and postgraduate: PSAT, SAT, or ACT. International applicants: TOEFL, TOEFL Junior, or Duolingo English Proficiency Test.

  • First application deadline 1 February, rolling admissions after
  • Second application deadline Rolling
  • Waiting List Yes


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught French, Spanish
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP



Use of technology in the classroom

At Tilton, we teach possibilities for innovation across a variety of devices, not how to operate a single device. Tilton's belief in teaching the critical thinking behind a task – not the instructions for completing a task – has formed the basis for our technology recommendations and requirements. For the 2019-20 school year, each student is required to bring an approved device with them for efficient and convenient access to information, resources, and tools.

Learning Support

The Center for Academic Achievement provides a skill-based program directed toward helping students achieve their greatest potential and become independent learners. This is an individualized model of service appropriate for students whose learning styles require one-on-one or small-group attention. The program offers academic support services, provided by experienced teachers with specialized training, that 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.

School Life

  • Bus service Yes
  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school No
  • Most common nationality US
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Uniform required No
  • Average class size 12

Living Accommodations

We work continuously to cultivate a culture that balances academic achievement, health, and happiness. By providing the time and resources for quiet reflection amidst a busy academic schedule we offer students the gift of self-discovery that serves as a link to their confidence, independence, and joy. When students have the opportunity to become truly aware of their own strengths and weaknesses they are more engaged in setting goals and paths that are meaningful to them.  The values inherent in living with other students and adults in a residential setting are every bit as important as the lessons taught in the classroom, leaned on the athletic field or acquired in the art studio. We find that residential life is the genesis of our students' strongest friendships. Each student is placed with a roommate upon entry to Tilton School and lives in a dorm with their peers, student dorm proctors, resident faculty members and a dorm head.

Schools Facilities

Tilton School's athletic facilities include an artificial turf field built in 2014; an enclosed, on-campus ice arena with fully renovated locker rooms; a full size gymnasium with a college-sized basketball court; and several additional grass playing surfaces located at the Charles E. Tilton Fields.

School Lunch

A true sense of community abounds in the dining hall as it contributes to the quality of life across the campus, fostering relationships over shared meals. The food service program is designed to provide high quality, nutritional meals that appeal to the varying tastes of the whole school population. All Tilton School meals are served in Knowles Dining Hall. The Dining Hall is open for three meals a day on weekdays; Saturdays for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and on Sundays for a mid-morning brunch complete with an omelet station and dinner. Food is provided by SAGE Dining Services. Students have unlimited access to the dining hall during its open hours. Dining Hall options are all encompassing and include a self-serve hot food section, fruit and salad bar, sandwich bar and soup station, in addition to several drink and dessert options. SAGE staff easily accommodates all food allergies and dietary restrictions. On select Monday evenings the community participates in a family-style formal dinner. All boarding students are required to attend the meal in formal dress. Students are assigned to faculty tables on a rotating basis throughout the year, providing them an opportunity to meet new students and faculty members. Throughout the year, various additional formal meals will be served to coincide with awards nights and holidays. Finally, SAGE Dining Services coordinates "Educational Seasonings" throughout the year, which highlight menus that place food in cultural and historical contexts. The program provides students opportunities to learn about ingredients, cuisines and cooking methods under the belief that learning isn't confined to the classroom and students should explore and taste food and flavors from around the world. Students also have access to Rusty's Den, a snack bar located in the Student Center/MARC, which is open during both the school day and on weekends. Popular items include breakfast sandwiches, coffee selections and ice cream treats! Students can pay with cash or charge their RAM Card.

Sports Teams

Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes