A Message from the Academic Dean

 
Chris Goulian

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.

When 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.

The 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 Academic Office.

Chris Goulian
Academic Dean

Click here to review the 2014-2015 Curriculum Guide.  

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