A Message from the Head of Middle School

At Masters, we recognize that the middle school years are a time of great growth in a child's life. Our teachers understand and enjoy the vibrancy that preteens bring to the classroom. Our "whole child" approach encourages children to be all of the different parts of themselves - athlete, thinker, writer, talker, listener, artist, musician, warrior, optimist, or enthusiast - while moving forward with challenging school work.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about our unique approach to educating middle school students: our gender-specific teaching methods in grades sixth through eighth, our theme-based interdisciplinary curriculum, and how we teach our students through hands-on experience, while moving forward with challenging academic work. Once you have gotten a glimpse of why we are so good at what we do, we hope you will come visit our Middle School to see for yourself. We look forward to meeting you.

I hope to see you soon.

Tasha Elsbach
Head of Middle School

Our Philosophy

The Masters School provides a challenging academic environment that encourages critical, creative, and independent habits of thought and a lifelong passion for learning. The Masters School promotes and celebrates academic achievement, artistic development, ethical action, athletic endeavor, and personal growth. The School maintains a diverse community that encourages students to participate actively in decisions affecting their lives and to develop an appreciation of their responsibilities to the larger world.


Our Middle School engages children in grades five through eight in a learning experience that enables them to reach their full and unique potential. The fifth grade provides a highly interactive co-educational learning experience: grades sixth through eight are taught in  single-gender classrooms - an optimal learning environment for boys and girls.


All Middle School students are matched with a faculty advisor at the beginning of every academic year. The advisor—usually a grade-level teacher—advocates on behalf of students as they navigate academic and social challenges. In small groups, advisors discuss issues related to friendship, leadership, stewardship, self-image, popular media, and decision-making. Consistent with our single-gender learning model, the advisory program is led by the Dean for Girls and Dean for Boys.

Experience-based learning

We believe it’s important that children see how their lessons relate to the real world outside the classroom. So at every grade level, The Masters School incorporates field trips that bring learning to life. In the middle school years, adventures include many enriching opportunities, some of which are listed below:

  • Sloop Clearwater
  • Ellis Island
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Lincoln Center Backstage Tours
  • The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • Hudson River Museum
  • Museum of Chinese in the Americas
  • “Bodies” Exhibit at South Street Seaport
  • Challenger Space Museum
  • Westchester Forensics Lab
  • Philadelphia History Tour
  • Phillipsburg Manor
  • Stony Point Battlefield
  • Sunnyside (Washington Irving’s Home)
  • Seining in the Hudson River
  • Canoeing on Constitution Marsh
  • Bird Watching Trips

Middle School Guides

49 Clinton Avenue
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 479-6400

Do it with thy might

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