At The Masters School, our expectations
for the student tend to be different than those set by other schools.
As is made manifest by the Harkness table, which plays a prominent role
in our educational philosophy, some of the most valuable learning takes
place in the company of one’s classmates. That learning
occurs as we interact with others and exchange ideas during the class
discussion, as we engage ourselves in meaningful and open dialogue with
others, and as we develop the confidence to express our own views and
the maturity to reflect upon and reevaluate those views.
we gather around the table, the classroom becomes a crucible, with the
table acting as the catalyst that makes possible the free exchange of
ideas and opinions. Then, perhaps in the classroom, or perhaps in a
quiet time of introspection and self-reflection, those ideas and
opinions are refined and shaped, or left unchanged. But even if left
unchanged, and it is important that we are comfortable maintaining
those convictions that define us and that are sacred to us, we still
have grown, intellectually and personally, when we consciously choose
to listen to those around us, when we choose to consider those views
not our own.
As the American author F. Scott
Fitzgerald wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is
the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and
still retain the ability to function.” At The Masters School,
our goal for the student is not just to learn to function but to
flourish in a rigorous academic environment that champions the exchange
and discussion of ideas, an environment that makes room for the views
of others, an environment where differing opinions do not stop us from
building strong and supportive relationships with each other.
relationship between student and school is a partnership, and as with
any partnership, clear communication is needed for it to prosper. We
encourage students to work closely with their teachers, to get to know
them and their goals for each class. If you would like more information
about our academic program, policies, and procedures, I invite you to
consult the online Curriculum Guide on our website or contact the
Click here to review the 2014-2015 Curriculum Guide.