Our student body encompasses a diverse range of academic, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and students attend Tilden Preparatory School for equally diverse purposes.

The students who attend Tilden include:

  • Students who hope to attend college, but cannot achieve the necessary grades they need in one or more subjects when taught in a classroom environment.
  • Students with learning differences who can benefit from an individualized education tailored to their learning style preference.
  • Gifted students who need an accelerated pace and/or higher level of material than is offered at their grade level.
  • Twice exceptional students who need a combination of advanced material presented with attention to their learning differences.
  • Students who need a shorter day due to attention or medical challenges.
  • Students who are pursuing arts and/or athletics and need to tailor their academic program to accommodate their extracurricular pursuits.
  • Students who would like to accelerate their schooling to either graduate early, or to make up for a slower pace in the prior years of secondary schooling.
  • Students who need to move at a more leisurely pace in specific subjects that present a bigger challenge.
  • Students who have a medical condition and/or emotional concerns (such as anxiety or depression) that have interfered with their ability to progress through middle/high school in a timely manner.
  • Students with executive functioning challenges who benefit from help with planning, organization, note taking and study strategies to maximize their success and engagement in school.
  • Students who would like to take additional courses not offered at their school to increase their likelihood of acceptance at the college of their choice.
  • Homeschooled students who want to take one or more courses in a school setting.

Academic Integrity

At Tilden, students learn the skills and content in their courses that will maximize their success when they return to their high school or when they graduate from Tilden and go on to college. When we follow up with full-time Tilden students after they have left Tilden, we find that they are maintaining an 80% or higher average in their current educational setting. This is because they've learned the skills to persevere in their courses, ask for help when needed, and they feel a sense of pride that comes with being able to successfully master challenges.

“After two years at Tilden, our son is graduating with the knowledge that he is capable, intelligent, and has learned how to learn in a way that works for him. He's excited to attend college next year with renewed confidence.”
Tilden Parent