Middle and Upper School Open House
During our open house, prospective families learned more about our School’s mission, dynamic academic offerings, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and robust student life. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Head of School Laura Danforth, administrators, faculty and students.
Athletic Program Question and Answer Panel
Our robust athletic program, made up of more than 58 teams across 26 sports along with numerous physical education offerings, is a cornerstone of life at Masters. Attendees heard from our athletic department leadership, coaches and athletes about their love for competing as Panthers.
Boarding Question and Answer Panels
Prospective families got an in-depth look at our five- and seven-day boarding programs and community during these sessions with current students, parents and guardians, dorm parents, and other members of the residential team.
Conversation About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Masters’ diverse curriculum and student programming enhances the educational and social-emotional success of all students. Prospective families of all backgrounds heard from Director of Equity and Inclusion Karen Brown, Middle School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Brittany Farrar, Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Eric Shear, and our student diversity ambassadors. This was an engaging conversation about how the entire community is involved in the work of making Masters a healthy and inclusive school.
Families of Students of Color Question and Answer Panel
This panel was an opportunity for applicants of color and their families to learn more about our School’s commitment to being an anti-bias and anti-racist institution, our affinity group programming, and more.
Financial Aid Question and Answer Session
A Masters education is a major investment in your child’s future, and our School remains dedicated to helping as many families as possible afford this educational choice. In this session, Director of Enrollment Management Emma Katznelson and Financial Aid Officer Laura Sexton guided families through the financial aid application process and addressed frequently asked questions.
Middle School Interdisciplinary Approach and Core Values Panel
From the fifth grade puppet opera to the sixth grade Hudson River project, learning in the Middle School is exploratory and experiential, spanning across subjects. Attendees heard from middle school faculty about what makes them excited to teach at Masters.
Middle and Upper School Question and Answer Panels
The School hosted monthly Q&A sessions tailored to families interested in the Middle School or the Upper School. Panels included current students, parents and guardians who discussed their experiences as members of the Masters community.
Panel for Students Applying to Tenth or Eleventh Grade
Prospective students aspiring to join our upper school in tenth or eleventh grade learned about the transition to Masters at those particular entry points and discovered more about grade-specific curriculum and programming. Senior administrators, class deans, and current students who joined us in tenth or eleventh grade offered their perspectives and answered questions.
Parent Ambassador Conversations
Joining a new school is a decision not just for a student, but for the entire family. These sessions, tailored specifically for parents and guardians, provided an intimate opportunity to engage with current Masters parents and guardians and learn about their experience at Masters.
Signature Programs Question and Answer Panel
Masters' signature programs – Ethical Leadership; Global and Civic Exchange; and Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship – provide students with hands-on opportunities to consider and wrestle with real-world problems. Attendees heard from faculty and students, who discussed their experiences with these programs.
Student Ambassador Sessions
Prospective students connected with representatives from our Silver Key (Middle School) and Gold Key (Upper School) student ambassador programs to discuss academic and community life at Masters in these small group conversations. We also offered sessions specific to boarding applicants.
Upper School Department Chairs Question and Answer Panel
Upper school department chairs answered questions about curriculum and course sequences, as well as how Harkness fits into each discipline. The following departments were represented: English; History and Religion; Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship; Mathematics; Modern and Classical Languages; Performing Arts; Science; and Visual Arts.