Learning Enhancement and Development

The Masters School has a Learning Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Office to work with those students who have documented learning differences and who require the services of a trained professional. Students who meet the criteria are eligible for a weekly appointment with a School learning specialist if they so choose and if the School determines that such appointments are needed. The duration for these appointments typically lasts for five weeks or until the School no longer deems them necessary. Students without documented learning disabilities may also meet with the learning specialist at the request of the student, parent or advisor, as schedules permit.

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  • Extra Help Appointments

    Occasionally, students may have difficulty mastering the material presented in a course despite their best efforts. When faced with these situations, students should make use of the resources already in place to help them through the challenging material. Extra help appointments with the subject teacher should be the first recourse. Extra help can also come in the form of time spent with another student who has mastered the material or in the form of help given by parents or family members in consultation with the teacher. As with homework, extra help should only be given with the intention of helping students better understand and master the concepts presenting difficulty so as to empower them with the skills to do the work independently.

    Teachers are available for occasional extra help sessions during free periods and after school between 3:00 and 3:30 PM. Additionally, teachers are often available for extra help when they are proctoring a study hall or, in the case of residential faculty, when they are on duty in the dormitories. At the request of the teacher and student, an extra help session can be added to the student’s schedule as a weekly appointment. As teachers need to be available to provide extra help to all of their students, the help provided to any one student must be within reasonable limits.
  • Learning Specialist (two full-time staff members)

    The Upper School has on staff two full-time learning specialist to work with those students who have documented learning disabilities and who require the ongoing services of a specially-trained professional. Any student may visit the learning specialists on a drop-in basis or request to schedule an appointment with the learning specialists through the Academic Office.
  • Math Clinic

    The Math Clinic is open four afternoons each week from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. If a student needs additional help on a particular problem or concept beyond the normal classroom teacher conference time of 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, then a student is welcome to meet with a member of the mathematics faculty on duty in the Math Clinic.
  • The Peer Writing Center

    The Peer Writing Center serves all upper school students in all subject areas. Peer tutors—juniors and seniors who are among our strongest writers—are available to help students begin a paper, go over a draft, or revise a final version. Peer tutors also help English students review grammar exercises. The Peer Writing Center is open on a drop-in basis during the school day and in the evenings from 7:00-7:45 PM. Any student who needs ongoing writing support has the option of meeting with the same peer tutor weekly or, if the schedule permits, meeting regularly with the teacher who heads the Peer Writing Center. Tutors never replace subject teachers; rather, juniors and seniors provide additional assistance and support for their peers.


The Masters School

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