Philosophy

The Masters School provides a challenging academic environment that encourages critical, creative and independent habits of thought and a lifelong passion for learning. We promote and celebrate academic achievement, artistic development, ethical action, athletic endeavor, and personal growth. Our diverse community encourages students to participate actively in decisions affecting their lives and to develop an appreciation of their responsibilities to the larger world.
 
 

Academic Departments

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  • Health

    Fifth and Sixth Grade
    Students will have health class for two weeks per trimester as a part of their physical education rotation. Within each class, students will be involved in fun interactive, hands on activities that engage each type of student learner. The Students will participate in role playing, poster making, group discussions, and in-class projects that our students tend to love. Our goal is to get students to actively think about their current health behaviors and attitudes, and get them to a place where they make behavioral changes that influence their overall health in a positive way.
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  • Humanities

    English and History stand at the center of our rigorous interdisciplinary humanities curriculum. These two subjects are linked thematically, with each grade level focusing on a specific topic or concept. Short and long-term interactive and interdisciplinary projects challenge students at each level.
     
    As students progress through the Middle School, they continue to strengthen skills and acquire new ones. In English, they advance in reading comprehension, writing, literary analysis, speech and grammar. In History, they learn how to think critically about past events and analyze the relationship between cause and effect while refining their research skills and organizational abilities. Students also develop note-taking skills and become adept users of primary and secondary sources, library and information technology, the internet, and resources outside of school.
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  • Mathematics

    The Middle School math program enables students to expand their skill base while challenging them with activities that foster growth and deeper understanding, while at the same time encouraging open communication. Students practice problem-solving strategies and critical thinking allowing for discussion, investigation, and self-discovery of concepts and their applications. As their mathematical and collaborative skills grow, students develop a growth mindset and become confident, patient, and flexible learners. 
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  • Modern and Classical Languages

    The Middle School language program is a three-year experience introducing students to the fundamentals of language acquisition and the linguistic elements of the target language. All students take a full year of Latin, and then two years of a language selected from our four offerings: French, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish.
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  • Performing Arts

    Our Middle School offers many curricular and co-curricular arts opportunities. Classes are taught four times per week, with instruction in piano, music theory, composition, world music, puppetry, photography, and more. Middle School co-curricular groups include three rock bands, jazz band, orchestra, choir, percussion ensemble, and musical theater troupe.
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  • Physical Education

    FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE
    Physical education class is required for all fifth and sixth grade students and is included during the school day. The students participate in a variety of games, physical activities and sports to develop the basic athletic skills and to experience the joy of playing.  We provide a balanced program where our  students are introduced to a variety of  sports, Fitness activities  along with cooperative games. The wide range of activities will both help develop our students and give them the experience to make an educated choice when entering 7th & 8th grade athletics.   
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  • Science

    The Middle School science program achieves two primary goals. First, we give students a working knowledge of the scientific method as a systematic approach to problem solving. And second, we help them develop connections between what they learn in the classroom and their lives beyond it. We take a discovery approach to learning because students learn best when they uncover relationships and ideas themselves. In the laboratory we stress objectivity in observation, accuracy in data gathering and recording, and analysis and presentation of data.
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  • Technology

    The program at the Middle School gives students valuable technical skills and enables them to put their abilities to use with the resources in our campus network. Much of the coursework relates directly to projects in other disciplines so that students can apply their learning. At the same time, students are often involved in computer science projects and exercises that remain exclusively within the domain of this discipline. At the end of the two-year curriculum, students emerge as confident users of information technology software, hardware, and network resources and are ready to use these tools in meeting future academic challenges. We maintain three laptop carts to support teachers and students with in-class assignments and projects.
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  • Visual Arts

    The Middle School visual arts program provides a creative environment in which students explore visual communication in two- and three-dimensional forms. They gain hands-on experience with a broad range of materials and techniques while working on projects designed to develop craft as well as cognitive skills related to thematic grade-level investigations.

    Students work in a variety of artistic disciplines including drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture; and they learn and use the elements and principles of design as they explore their creative potential. The children keep art journals to monitor their progress throughout the year, and assessments are based on effort rather than ability level. Our goal is for our visual arts students to develop and expand their artistic voice while gaining a better understanding of self and their relationship and responsibility to the world community.
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Faculty Advisors

All Middle School students are matched with a faculty advisor at the beginning of every academic year. The advisor — usually a grade-level teacher — advocates on behalf of students as they navigate academic and social challenges. In small groups, advisors discuss issues related to friendship, leadership, stewardship, self-image, popular media, and decision-making. 

Experience-based Learning

We believe it’s important that students see how their lessons relate to the real world outside the classroom. So at every grade level, The Masters School incorporates field trips that bring learning to life. In the Middle School years, adventures include many enriching opportunities, some of which are listed below:

  • Sloop Clearwater
  • Ellis Island
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Lincoln Center Backstage Tours
  • The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • Hudson River Museum
  • Museum of Chinese in the Americas
  • “Bodies” Exhibit at South Street Seaport
  • Challenger Space Museum
  • Westchester Forensics Lab
  • Philadelphia History Tour
  • Phillipsburg Manor
  • Stony Point Battlefield
  • Sunnyside (Washington Irving’s Home)
  • Seining in the Hudson River
  • Canoeing on Constitution Marsh
  • Bird Watching Trips

The Masters School

49 Clinton Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Tel. (914) 479-6400 Fax. (914) 693-1230