The Masters School

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  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars  
    Brown University
    The Masters School can be quickly distinguished from other schools by the style of teaching that takes place. After a quick tour of classes, one will notice that there are no desks. Instead, each classroom. . .

  • Class of 2008
    5 Stars  
    Boston University
    The Masters School prides itself on using the Harkness method of teaching. Rather than sit at individual desks, students face each other around a large table. This style prompts discussion and keeps each. . .

  • Class of 2008
    5 Stars  
    Middlebury College
    One unique aspect of the Masters School for which I was personally very grateful was our Morning Meeting. This was a gathering of the entire upper school and faculty in the theater, three times weekly. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
The Masters SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)5-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18771907
Campus Size96 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment686 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1343* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score31*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio8:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1518
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$66.7 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$44,498$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 5Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsEmma Katznelson
Associate Director of AdmissionsTim Custer

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1518
CoursesArt 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 Offered1816
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations4223
ExtracurricularsArts, Big Brother / Big Sister, Business Peer Tutor, Democratic Club, Model United Nations, Onyx, Outdoor Club, Rescuing Earth's Environmental Future, Residental Dorm Captains, Serenity Program, Spanish Club, Tech Production

Club or Organization:
Animation Club, Art Guild, Classics Club, Cultural Exchange Club, Knitting Club, Latin Club, Latinos Unidos, Lunar New Year, M.I.S.H. (community service), Mandarin Peer Tutor, Masterpieces (Yearbook), Muse (dance), Music Club, Nominating Committee, One Love, Operation Smile, Panache (literary magazine), Philosophy Club, Phoenix (drama), Ropes Course, SADD, Sailboat Building, Scholars, Student Discipline Committee, The Naturals (male a cappella), Touring Talent, Urban Connection (dance), Wilderness Leadership Experience, WISE, Zetetics

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University31
George Washington University24
Cornell University16
Skidmore College13
Hamilton College10
Northeastern University10
Emory University9
Johns Hopkins University9
Oberlin College9
Brown University8
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Set on 96 acres overlooking the Hudson River, The Masters School is a leading coed independent day and boarding school in New York. We welcome students in grades 5-12 and offer 5- and 7-day boarding options for upper school students. The School`s renowned seminar-style learning approach produces independent thinkers who graduate prepared for college, career and life. Students find their passion on the athletic field, in the studio and on the stage. Day and boarding students benefit from our vibrant 24/7 campus, globally diverse community, proximity to New York City, and accessible residential faculty.
  • The Masters 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. DioGuardi has worked with many popular a
    • Nancy Kissinger - Nancy Sharon Maginnes Kissinger is a philanthropist, and the second wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. She was a long-time aide to New York governor Nelson Rockefeller before her marriage, recommended to him in 1964 by her future
    • Nia DaCosta - Nia DaCosta is a director and screenwriter. DaCosta is the first Black female director to debut a film at #1 ("Candyman") and the youngest filmmaker to direct a Marvel film.
    • Alex Pall - Alex Pall is a musician best known as part of the duo The Chainsmokers.
    • Marin Alsop - Marin Alsop is a conductor and violinist. She is currently music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as, chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Ravinia Festival.

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