Upper School

A Message from the Academic Dean

What makes the experience of learning at The Masters School so extraordinary? As is made possible by the Harkness table, which plays such a prominent role in our educational philosophy, learning is an experience created by the student in the company of one’s classmates and teachers. Such learning occurs as we interact and exchange ideas during the class discussion, as we engage in meaningful and open dialogue, as we develop the confidence to express our own views and the maturity to reflect on and re-evaluate those views.

When we are gathered 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. Those ideas and opinions then may be refined and shaped, as the individual sees fit – perhaps in the classroom or perhaps in a quiet time of introspection and self-reflection. But even if our ideas and opinions are left unchanged – and it is important that we feel comfortable maintaining those convictions that define us and that are sacred to us – we still have grown, intellectually and personally, when we choose to listen to those around us and consider those views not our own.

At Masters, our goal for the student is to learn not just 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, where differing opinions do not stop us from building strong and supportive relationships with each other.

This academic program guide will give you a good idea of what students study and how they shape their own learning at The Masters School. We encourage you to read it carefully and to seek out additional information on our website and in the online curriculum guide. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Chris Goulian
Academic Dean

Upper School Guides

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