The Masters School

49 Clinton Avenue,
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Tel: 914-479-6420
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 488 students
"THE MISSION OF THE MASTERS SCHOOL is to provide the challenging academic environment, that for over a century, has encouraged critical, creative and independent habits of thought as well as a lifelong passion for learning.
The Masters School promotes and celebrates academic achievement, artistic development, ethical awareness, technological literacy, athletic endeavor and personal growth..."

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2014 School Data
The Masters School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 8-12
Grades Offered (Day) 5-12 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1877 1908
Campus Size 96 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 488 students 300 students
% Students of Color 36% 18%
% International Students 17% 20%
% Students Boarding 40% 67%
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 14 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 16 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 75% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $33 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$55,050 $47,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,150 $26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 25% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $26,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / Dec. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 40% 58%
Director of Admissions Keith Holton  
Associate Director of Admissions Tim Custer  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 16 15
Art History Biology
Calculus AB Calculus BC
Chemistry English Language
English Literature European History
French Language Latin
Music Theory Physics C Mechanics
Spanish Language Statistics
Studio Art United States History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 41 24
ExtracurricularsAnime Club, Art Guild, Classics Club, Community Government, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Dobbs 16 (co-ed a cappella), Dobbs Athletic Association, Dohters (female a cappella), Environmental Club, Film Club, Football Club, French Club, Gaming Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Glee Club, Gold Key, Improv Club, International Club, Knitting Club, Latin Club, Latinos Unidos, M.I.S.H. (community service), Masterpieces (Yearbook), Model United Nations,

College Matriculation

Year: 2009-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University 31
George Washington University 24
Cornell University 16
Skidmore College 13
Hamilton College 10
Northeastern University 10
Emory University 9
Johns Hopkins University 9
Oberlin College 9
Brown University 8
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School Notes:

  • School accreditations: TABS, ISAAGNY, Middle States, NAIS, NYSAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Kara DioGuardi - Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive, composer and TV personality. She writes music primarily in the light pop-rock, dance, and R&B genres.
    • Nancy Kissinger - Nancy Sharon Maginnes Kissinger is a philanthropist, and the second wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
    • Marin Alsop - Marin Alsop is the first female conductor of a major symphony orchestra. She is currently Music Director of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Cabrillo Festival.
    • Alex Pall - Alexander Jo Pall is New York City-based DJ/producer/songwriter best known for his electronic dance music duo The Chainsmokers.
    • Michele Roberts - Michele A. Roberts is Executive Director of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Players Union and the first woman to head a major North American sports union.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is The Stony Brook School (39.1 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Stony BrookThe Stony Brook School
    1 Chapman Parkway
    Stony BrookNY11790
    631-751-1800 x1
    39.1 mi | 332 students | Gr. 7-12
  • South KentSouth Kent School
    40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT06785
    860-927-3539 ext.201
    50.3 mi | 180 students | Gr. 9-12
  • WashingtonThe Gunnery
    99 Green Hill Road
    51.5 mi | 288 students | Gr. 9-12
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