Might is putting everything you have into doing what you love. It’s facing challenges with your best effort and discovering the natural leader within. It’s a conversation that begins with careful listening and ends with reaching a greater understanding. It’s trusting your individual voice and confidently uncovering who you are with courage.
The Masters School is recognized for its powerful and transformative approach to education. In both the Middle and Upper Schools, Masters is distinguished by its use of the Harkness method of teaching around a singular, oval table. Our challenging academic program encourages students to take healthy risks and push themselves to reach their full potential.
The principle behind teaching around the Harkness table is to engage students in the learning process. They are inspired to prepare thoroughly, participate daily, solve problems collaboratively, explore divergent ideas, and lead class discussions. In this way, students take an active role in and responsibility for their own learning. Masters School students develop outstanding skills and the confidence to write and speak with clarity and nuance.
The Masters School faculty have developed a rich and varied curriculum that sets high expectations for independent thought, participatory engagement and careful reflection about the purpose and meaning of student learning. Each discipline is further enhanced by the Harkness method.
Masters is proud of its talented faculty — with 70% having advanced degrees, an average tenure exceeding eight years and all serving as student advisors. Combined with the fact that 60% of faculty live on campus, Masters teachers are approachable and available. Faculty members develop supportive, guiding relationships with their students in the classroom, studio, and dorm as well as on the field, court and stage.
At Masters, boarding is all about choice. Students in our five-day boarding program pair the benefits of boarding during the week — full-time access to faculty and school resources, and an inclusive community of fellow boarders — with the convenience of going home on the weekends.
Students in our seven-day boarding program have a fully immersive experience that includes a variety of weekend activities. Whether it’s heading into New York City for a Broadway show, sporting event or museum visit; hiking the Hudson Valley; or simply heading to the local movie theater, weekends at Masters are filled with ways to explore and have fun. Seven-day boarders can also spend weekends participating in sports and language lessons, test preparation classes, driver’s education, group college visits and more.
The Ethical Leadership Project cultivates an environment in which students, faculty and staff engage in activities that develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the impact they have on the world around them. Using a variety of approaches, including self-reflection, current event discussions and team-building activities, students begin the deep work of figuring out who they are, and are empowered to pursue lives of purpose.
The Global and Civic Exchange Program inspires students to engage with and understand the critical issues facing today’s world, as well as prepares them for the wider, more complicated world ahead. Through conversations and experiential travel, students’ current views of the world will be challenged and expanded upon.
The Innovation, Engineering and Computer Science Programsaim to cultivate ingenuity by challenging students to think, strategize and problem-solve creatively. We offer programs on Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Computer Science, Robotics and more. Our goal is to encourage students to think, do and make. We foster a cross-disciplinary, entrepreneurial thought process, while developing skills, ideas and character traits.
Seven days a week, The Masters School’s 96-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River is alive with activity and possibilities. We take full advantage of our proximity to New York City as well as the natural landscapes that surround us — it is indisputably the best of both worlds.
Both day and boarding students benefit from the resources, diversity and activities of Masters' seven-day campus. Masters students build independence and forge lifelong friendships with peers of varying passions and perspectives.
Our student body is comprised of students who come from over 14 states, 30 countries and 90 different local zip codes. Masters students develop their intercultural literacies and learn to value multiple perspectives.
No two students fit the same mold or are obligated to follow the same path. Masters students have different interests, passions and ideas. This is a community of scholars, athletes and artists, thinkers, collaborators and doers.
We believe physical activity should play an important role in one’s health and wellbeing, and we know that participation in sports teaches students lessons in leadership, teamwork and humility. Whether the goal is to compete at the college level or to try a sport for fun, our experienced and passionate coaches create an environment in which all our students thrive.
Across a variety of mediums and in a wide range of settings, from ensemble pieces to technical art, students can try their hand at performance and/or visual art. Our courses offer students the ability to gain a deep understanding of perspectives in production, theory and history where students develop the creativity, imagination and skill to practice art as a means of self-expression. The faculty are professional artists, and our students take full advantage of New York City’s cultural resources to complement their classroom work.
Co-curricular programs take place in the fall, winter and spring seasons. We call them co-curriculars, not extracurriculars, because we consider them essential elements of our curriculum. Students can act in theatrical productions, dance in our dance company, volunteer for service learning programs, work on our three school publications, and much more. Masters offers myriad possibilities for exploration and growth — this is an encouraging place to try new things
The College Counseling Office takes a personalized approach to helping students make informed educational choices, be experts on the college search process, and advocate for themselves. All counselors have master's degrees in counseling and recognize the importance of helping students articulate their interests and skills, examine their personality and aspirations, and link these to their choice of colleges and universities. Masters graduates matriculate at a broad range of schools, including the most selective institutions in the nation and abroad.
The Masters School’s Admission team helps shape the School's culture by enrolling mission-aligned learners, thinkers and doers from diverse backgrounds with a variety of passions and perspectives. We strive to create a reciprocal admission process that is accessible and transparent while sustaining a community characterized by courage, kindness, collaboration and supported risk-taking. It is our aim to ensure that all families feel welcome, informed and inspired throughout their time at Masters.