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.
When Eliza Bailey Masters founded the School in 1877, she proclaimed that she would educate each student to be a “power for good in the world.”
Since then, students have been drawing upon this power — this might — to strive, to dare, to do, and to create a presence that is unique and profound.
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 novel approach of using 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 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 classrooms, in the studios, in the dorms and on the fields, courts and stage.
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 significance.
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 both international educational travel opportunities and rich conversations about difference at home, students’ current views of the world will be challenged and expanded upon.
The Innovation, Engineering and Computer Science Programs aim to cultivate ingenuity by challenging students to think creatively, strategize and problem-solve. We offer programs on Design Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Computer Science, Zetetics 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. Our mission, combined with a century-old tradition of excellence in education, makes Masters a destination for students from near and far.
Both day and boarding students benefit from the resources, diversity and activities of Masters' vibrant seven-day campus that boasts top-notch faculty and an abundance of resources. As a student at Masters, you will build independence and forge lifelong friendships with peers of varying cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds.
At home, on the Masters campus, students are immersed in a multicultural community. 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.
Both artists and athletes thrive at Masters. Across a variety of mediums and in a wide range of settings, from ensemble pieces to technical artists, 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.
The extensive athletic and physical education programs offered at Masters challenge our athletes while honoring participation, achievement and effort. We strive to provide a meaningful and exciting experience for all in a competitive, yet inclusive setting. Whether you are a serious athlete or just trying a sport for fun, there are over 60 competitive teams that will provide you with a collaborative learning opportunity that fosters confidence and independence.
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
Located just 12 miles north of Manhattan, and only a 30 minute train ride to Grand Central Terminal, we utilize the museums, landmarks, universities and more in New York City to expand students’ educational experience. From enjoying the hottest Broadway musical and visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art to cheering for the Yankees, there’s simply no limit to what can be learned in this vibrant, thriving metropolis.
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 psychology 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 colleges and universities, including the most selective institutions in the nation and abroad.
Whether you choose the five- or seven-day boarding program, you will be part of a vibrant community that boasts top-notch faculty and an abundance of resources.
As a resident, you will build independence and forge lifelong friendships with peers and faculty of varying cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds. With 200 boarding students hailing from the United States and more than 30 countries around the world, and nearly 80 international students on campus at any given time, you will join an energetic, diverse community.
Over 60% of teachers live on campus and are readily available to help with homework, or offer advice. The faculty embody the Masters values of integrity, service and concern for others. Learn more about our boarding options.