Admission FAQs

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Q: What is Masters looking for in a prospective student?

A: Masters is more than a top-tier independent school, it is a community built on academic excellence, integrity and social concern.  Therefore, Masters looks for more than just strong grades and test scores. The School also considers teacher recommendations, character references and the willingness to be active in the community. Whether you are a budding mathematician, pre-professional musician or collegiate-bound athlete, Masters asks its students to be active participants across all facets of the School. 

Q: Do I need to complete my application before my interview?

A: The application is due on December 15th for day students and February 1st for boarding students. If you interview before the application deadline, we ask that you just submit the first portion of the application (Family portion) and provide us with a copy of your most recent grades.  

Q: When is the best time to start the admission process?

A: The fall before the desired year of entry. In October, Masters hosts Open Houses, which are excellent opportunities to learn more about the School. Private tours are also available.

Q: When are applications due?

A:  Applications are due by December 15th for Middle School and Upper School Day applicants. The deadline is February 1st for Domestic and International Boarding applicants.

Q: What are the most common grades of entry at Masters? Is it harder to get into Masters during these popular entry points?

A: The 5th, 6th and 9th grades are the most common and largest points of entry into Masters. Grades 7, 8, 10 and 11, though not as large in regard to the total number of new students, often receive the same if not more applications per available space. We encourage families to apply when their child is ready, not based on acceptance rates from the previous year.  

Q: What is the tuition for Masters in 2017-2018? Are there any additional costs?

A: Tuition is as follows: Middle School: $43,050; Upper School Day: $44,550; Upper School Boarding: $62,500. For the complete description of tuition and additional fees by grade, please see Tuition & Financial Aid. The fees noted do not include private busing.

Q: Does Masters offer financial aid?

A: During the 2015-2016 school year, $5 million in financial aid was allocated to more than 165 families.

Q: Do you accept new students into 12th grade or for a postgraduate year?

A: We do not admit students into the 12th grade, nor do we have a PG program. For a list of schools that do admit students into the 12th grade and/or have postgraduate programs, please use the filter features on privateschoolreview.com and boardingschoolreview.com.

Q: Will Masters accept applications after the stated deadlines?

A: If you are considering Masters after the stated deadline, please contact the Office of Admission to inquire about the desired grade of entry. After a simple pre-screening phone call, some students may be encouraged to complete the application and interview process. These students are often applying to be considered for our waitlist.

Q: Where do most Masters students come from?

A: Currently, Masters has students from 12 States, 36 countries, and over 80 local zip codes. There are several towns, cities and schools from which we see a large number of applicants every year. Some of these include Greenwich, Scarsdale, New York City, Hartsdale, Larchmont, Bronxville, Piermont, Pelham, Katonah, Chappaqua, Mount Kisco, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Garrison. District busing from local towns, private busing from New York City and Southern Connecticut, as well as numerous towns along MetroNorth’s Hudson Line make Masters a convenient commute for many of our families.

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