The Masters School at a Glance

The Masters School is an independent day and boarding school, for students in grades 5 through 12, that empowers independent thinkers through an expansive and innovative curriculum based on active intellectual exploration. Located on 96 acres on the Hudson River, just 12 miles from New York City, the School is a diverse and vibrant convergence of ideas, cultures, arts and athletics. Students come from 15 states and 35 countries, and twenty-six percent of the student body receives financial aid.

In a culture of inclusivity, where diversity of thought is celebrated, students can confidently find their own voices around the Harkness table, while gaining a deeper, broader understanding of the subject matter and each other. Teachers and students share a bond that is deeply rooted in student-driven learning, where individuals are supported as they courageously take risks, develop their varied talents, and push boundaries, all with the goal of being ready for college, career and life as a power for good in the world.

Head of School

  • Laura Danforth


  • Middle School (grades 5-8)
    • 175 Students
    • Grade 5 coeducational
    • Grades 6-8 classes separated by gender
  • Upper School (coed, boarding and day, grades 9-12)
    • 499 Students
    • Students from 15 states and 33 countries


  • 109 full-time faculty members
  • Majority have advanced degrees
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Faculty/student ratio: 1:8

Tuition & Financial Aid

Upper School
  • Boarding - $64,400
  • Day - $45,900
Middle School
  • Day - $45,900
Financial Aid
  • 26 percent of student body receive need-based financial aid
  • Over $5.0 million awarded in financial aid

Athletic Teams

  • Fall: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Girls Tennis, Soccer and Girls Volleyball
  • Winter: Basketball, Fencing, Indoor Track and Field, Squash and Swimming 
  • Spring: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys Volleyball, Track and Field

Drama, Music, and Dance

  • Dobbs 16 (coed a cappella)
  • The Naturals (male a cappella)
  • Dohters (female a cappella)
  • Glee Club
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Jazz & Swing Bands
  • Orchestra
  • The Masters School Dance Company
  • Muse Modern Dance Club
  • Urban Connection (hip-hop dance)
  • Phoenix (Honorary Drama Society)
  • Touring Talent (community service)

Other Clubs (partial listing)

  • Community Government
  • Computer Club
  • Dobbs Athletic Association
  • Dragon Club
  • Film Club
  • French Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Gold Key Ambassadors
  • International Club
  • Masterpieces (Yearbook)
  • Mathematics Club
  • MISH (Community Service)
  • Model United Nations
  • Onyx
  • Outdoor Club
  • Panache (Literary Magazine)
  • Peer Leaders
  • Poetry Club
  • SADD
  • Spanish Club
  • Tower (Newspaper)

2013-2017 College Placement (partial listing)

American UniversityLehigh University
Bard CollegeLoyola University Maryland
Barnard CollegeMacalester College
Bates CollegeMaryland Institute College of Art
Bentley UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Berklee College of MusicUniversity of Miami
Binghamton UniversityUniversity of Michigan
Boston CollegeMiddlebury College
Boston UniversityMuhlenberg College
Bowdoin CollegeNew York University
Brandeis UniversityNortheastern University
Brown UniversityNorthwestern University
Bucknell UniversityOberlin College
University of California at BerkeleyOccidental College
University of California at Los AngelesPennsylvania State University, University Park
Carleton CollegeUniversity of Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
Case Western Reserve UniversityPitzer College
University of ChicagoPomona College
Claremont McKenna CollegePrinceton University
Colby CollegePurchase College
Colgate UniversityPurdue University
College of the Holy CrossRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Colorado CollegeRice University
Columbia UniversityUniversity of Richmond
Connecticut CollegeRochester Institute of Technology
Cornell UniversityUniversity of Rochester
Dartmouth CollegeSavannah College of Art and Design
University of DelawareSkidmore College
University of DenverUniversity of Southern California
Duke UniversitySwarthmore College
Elon UniversitySyracuse University
Emerson CollegeTufts University
Emory UniversityTulane University
Fordham UniversityUnion College
Franklin and Marshall CollegeVanderbilt University
The George Washington UniversityVassar College
Georgetown UniversityUniversity of Vermont
Hamilton College - NYVillanova University
Hampshire CollegeUniversity of Virginia
Harvard UniversityWake Forest University
Haverford CollegeWashington University in St. Louis
Hobart & William Smith CollegesUniversity of Washington
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignWesleyan University
Ithaca CollegeCollege of William and Mary
Johns Hopkins UniversityWilliams College
Kenyon CollegeUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Lafayette CollegeYale University
49 Clinton Avenue
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 479-6400

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