A Day in the Upper School
Morning Meeting and Classes
Most mornings begin at 8:00 a.m. with a coming together as an entire community at Morning Meeting, as grades at class meetings or as advisor groups at breakfast. The all-school Morning Meetings (on Monday, Tuesday and Friday) are organized and presided over by student co-chairs of the community government. Mondays are often “Musical Mondays,” featuring student performances or visiting musicians; Tuesdays are “Matters of Faith” or MISH speakers; and on Fridays, anything goes! By 8:25 a.m. students and faculty are in their first classes and the academic day gets underway.
At 3:30 p.m.,following the class day, all students continue their involvement in the life of the School by playing on a team or taking part in one of our rich co-curricular offerings. Engagement in sports or co-curriculars allows students to pursue their passions, expand their horizons, and bond with a new group of friends.
Most Masters students participate as members of interscholastic teams. Our teams, most of which comprise varsity and junior varsity squads, include soccer, field hockey, cross country, volleyball, basketball, fencing, lacrosse, baseball, softball, golf, and tennis. Read more about athletics.
When students are not playing on a team, they can choose from the many co-curricular programs that also take place in the fall, winter, or spring season. We call them co-curriculars, not extra-curriculars, because we consider them essential elements of our curriculum. Students act in theatrical productions, dance, volunteer for community service programs, or work on the numerous school publications. Read more about the arts and service learning.
By 5:30 p.m. the afternoon ends and there is enough time to clean up and join friends at dinner. After dinner it’s free time for everyone. Some students shoot hoops, while others play Frisbee, visit with dorm parents, check email, practice music, meet with their teachers for a little extra help, or play a video game with a friend. In general, they enjoy themselves with the students and faculty comprising this diverse and talented community. Study Hall begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. Boarding students are in their rooms or in the library until 10:00 p.m. After Study Hall there is time for a dorm meeting or one last check-in with dorm-mates before “lights out.”