New York City

We have a good many curricular projects that are centered on New York City. The whole sophomore class, for example, participates in the Model United Nations program. They set certain topics and then visit the UN and talk to representatives from various countries about those issues. Where else in the world can you do that?"

--Chris Frost
Head of Upper School and Dorm Parent

NYC: Another Classroom

Broadening the academic experience beyond the classroom advances learning at The Masters School. During the week, our academic classes explore the multitude of exceptional educational resources available in the city. Whether it is visiting a variety of different religious institutions, talking with an economist on the trading floor of a powerful Wall Street institution, touring a laboratory with a research scientist at a major university, or attending the General Assembly session at the United Nations, students use New York City to complement, broaden, and enrich their academic classroom experiences.

NYC: Big Apple Academics

Big Apple Academics encourages students to take the initiative to experienceNew York City, expand their class work, and have fun at the same time. The program offers Masters School students an opportunity to delve deeply into academic subjects by visiting cultural sights and other landmarks in New York City for extra credit. Students are encouraged to attend scholarly lectures, poetry readings,performances, watch classic films, or explore the New York Botanical Gardens, The Cloisters, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name just a few of the options. Here is how it works: Each year, teachers provide a list of activities and requirements for students interested in expanding their knowledge. Students can visit cultural venues with faculty, family, or friends. They simply need to follow their teacher’s instructions and bring back a ticket stub and/or write a short reflection to earn additional credit in that particular course. The goal is to enhance the learning process and to experience all that the Big Apple has to offer. Click here for a complete listing of:  Big Apple Academics 2012-2013

NYC: Classroom Experiences

Students in the Math Throughout History class visited Columbia University to examine an ancient Babylonian tablet known as Plimpton 322. They also looked through the first printed edition of Euclid’s manuscript, beautifully written in Latin in the 15th century.

AP Chemistry and Organic Chemistry students visited the Columbia University research labs.

Students in Spanish 1 went to El Museo del Barrio, New York City’s only Latino museum dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American art.

Spanish V students interacted with immigrants in Washington Heights.

An AP U.S. History class toured the Tenement Museum and Grand Central Station to study urbanization and the Gilded Age.

French IV/V students went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for a private tour with a French guide, following which they dined at the French restaurant Le Bouchon.

The Political Science class analyzed political advertising at the Museum of Television and Radio.

World Religion students journeyed to Queens to visit a Russian Orthodox church, Buddhist temple, Sikh Gudjwara, Quaker meeting house, Muslim mosque, Hindu temple, and Jewish synagogue.

Art students in the New Digital Media class visited the Whitney Museum.

In their City Project study of criminal justice, a group of ninth graders visited Manhattan Supreme Criminal Court where they witnessed a murder trial. The students also spent time at the Police Academy interviewing officers and cadets and then toured the Police Museum.

Discover why being 35 minutes from midtown Manhattan by train offers a unique advantage for The Masters School student.

The Masters School’s proximity to New York City concerts and exhibits has opened my eyes to so many opportunities. This has been amazing; it’s changed my life."

Olivia, sophomore
Devonshire, Bermuda

If you are studying art history or drawing, it’s wonderful to be able to take a train and in 40 minutes visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art or MoMA to see outstanding works and then apply what you have just seen in your class."

Samantha, senior
Mendocino, California