Our Educational Philosophy

The Masters School’s Middle School educational philosophy sets it apart from other schools. Fifth grade boys and girls learn together in a homeroom environment. Hands-on experiments and projects support direct instruction, and intensive class discussions teach important critical and creative thinking skills.

This approach to education continues in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, as students again benefit from small classes that are structured on a research-based, single gender model. The coexistence of single gender and coeducational classes within one school is only one aspect of the "whole child" philosophy of education at The Masters School, where children discover their strengths while moving forward with challenging academic work. The educational goals at The Masters School are these: To encourage critical, creative, and independent habits of thought; teach the skills necessary for academic success in high school and beyond; and instill a lifelong passion for learning.

A Distinctive Community

A sense of community is at the heart of The Masters School. Middle School students start each school day at Morning Meeting or with their advisor group. Students and faculty share news and accomplishments and support each other in their endeavors. They participate in annual events and traditions, and they work on community service projects—all of which reflect and reinforce our strong commitment to an inclusive community.

Middle School students take meaningful part in the School’s community service organization that involves the entire school community and reaches beyond the comfort of their world. Throughout the Upper and Middle Schools there is a spirit of inclusiveness; an attitude of learning from each other, and working together is encouraged. The school’s motto, "Do it with thy might," heralds back to the founding days of the School when, in 1877, Miss Eliza B. Masters set out to educate each one of her students to be a "power for good in the world."


Middle School News

  • "Leaping Dragon" Mural Comes to Life on Campus Wall

    With a message designed to inspire students, artist Vicente Saavedra is creating a "Leaping Dragon" mural on the walkway wall between Masters Hall and the Cameron Mann Dining Hall. The mural, which is based on a Chinese legend, depicts a Koi fish in the process of transforming into a golden dragon. Click on the headline to learn more.


Middle School Calendar


Proposed: Middle School NEW Parent Reception

Estherwood Cake Room; Estherwood Dining Room; Estherwood Library Room; Estherwood Music Room6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Middle School Fall Trimester Ends

Proposed: Middle School Grandparents and Special Friends Day

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Middle School Dismissed for Thanksgiving Break

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM