The Masters School is distinguished by its powerful and transformative approach to education. It combines a challenging academic program delivered in a supportive environment that encourages students to take healthy risks and push themselves to reach their potential.
In both the Middle and Upper Schools, the Harkness method of teaching engages students in the learning process by inspiring them to prepare thoroughly, participate daily, solve problems collaboratively, explore divergent ideas, challenge assumptions, and learn to lead class discussions. In this way, students take an active role in and responsibility for their own learning. Masters students develop outstanding listening skills and the confidence to speak with clarity and nuance. Regardless of college track or professional field, these talents and skills are critical to future achievement and success.
Masters can deliver this transformative educational experience because of its exceptional faculty. Sixty-five percent of the faculty have advanced degrees and an average tenure exceeding eight years, and all serve as student advisors. Combined with the fact that 60 percent of faculty live on campus, Masters teachers are approachable and available. Many faculty develop supportive, guiding relationships with their students – in the classroom or studio, on the athletic field, in co-curricular activities, on field trips and in dorm life.