Outrageously Excellent Christian Education Now!

Dear Master’s School Community, 
 
One hundred exhilarating days! Reflecting on the first 100 days as head of The Master’s School, I am awestruck at God’s hand and filled with peace, joy, hope, and vibrant excitement. I am honored to be welcomed back to God’s school and the warm embrace and encouragement of both long-cherished and new friends. As I move forward, I continue with unshakable confidence that The Master’s School will persist vibrantly and in strength to achieve God’s purpose for His students. 

As you know, I am not “new” to The Master’s School, however, I return to the school “renewed” in extraordinary ways. I first joined The Master’s School community in 2001 as a parent and a teaching assistant, and later served as a teacher, lower school director, and K-12 educational strategist. In 2016, I began doctoral studies in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education at Johns Hopkins University. In 2022, I return to God’s School with that prestigious degree in hand and more. Beyond increased capacity and confidence emerging from expanded knowledge and expertise, I return with carefully cultivated networks of strategic partners, renowned advisors, and two vital commitments.
 

Those two commitments? First, an urgent and enduring dedication to achieve outrageously excellent Christian education now to ensure that all students have immediate and ongoing opportunities to become who God intends them to be! The second is a commitment to institutional metamorphosis to achieve independent sustainability. Institutional metamorphosis is a “radical transformation of an institution’s structure and function,” while “preserving the institution’s DNA of fundamental beliefs, values, and principles” to achieve the fullest manifestation of institutional excellence (Gialamas et al., 2014, p. 73). Independent sustainability describes the capacity to meet institutional goals without external support both now and into the future. Taken together, these two commitments merge into a fierce resolve to develop innovative practices that strengthen The Master’s School’s capacity to independently enact its mission and achieve its vision to benefit today’s students and generations of students to come.
 

A worthy question—what might innovative practices enacted to achieve institutional metamorphosis look like? I hope you have caught a glimpse during the first 100 days! Examples include the cultivation of strategic philanthropic partnerships to support the immediate implementation of extraordinary programming to restore and expand Master’s School distinctives. Partnerships already established include Ethos School, Ballet Hartford, Christians in Theatre Arts, the University of Hartford School of Music, and Jackie Alexander’s Therapeutic Coaching and Executive Functioning Training.
Evidence of innovations is already coming to life at The Master’s School during the first 100 days. Beyond immediately impacting student experience, partnerships provide strength “behind the scenes” across facilities, administration, development, marketing, business services, teacher and leadership development, and more. Emerging partnerships under development support extraordinary service project opportunities, student leadership development, long-term experiential project work, STEAM education, advanced environmental studies, nutritional services, athletic programming, and more. 

The people of TMS must make God smile! I am awestruck by the team that God is assembling here. The level of educational preparation and experience across this remarkable group is astounding. Moreover, their energy, passion, and commitment are palpable and their impact on students is impressive. We are awestruck as we watch God assemble His remarkable team at His school for His purpose.
 

Speaking of His people, that includes you! If you feel a call to make a difference
, for our students, greater Connecticut, or for God’s purpose here at His school, we need you as a partner, friend, volunteer, and supporter. Yes, God is amazing all on his own—yet he makes a point to use us. Consider your hand in raising the vital life of The Master’s School. Let’s join—together in partnership—to achieve outrageously excellent Christian education now to ensure that all students have every opportunity to become who God intends them to be! 

Agape,
 
 
Dr. Deborah DeBisschop  
Head of School and K-12 Principal  
Working in partnerships to achieve outrageously excellent Christian education now to ensure that all students have every opportunity to become who God intends them to be. 

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Campus Advancement Initiatives

Announcements

List of 4 news stories.

  • Student Advisory Program

    We are excited to announce Crew – a revitalized, reimagined student advisory program. As Crew members, Upper and Middle School students develop a meaningful and consistent relationship with a single Crew Leader (faculty mentor) that spans classes, activities, divisions, and years. Crews meet in small groups and provide students with opportunities to be uniquely supported as individuals who are well known, well taught, and well-loved. Crew activities and processes are led by trained facilitators and are designed to support students to become independently goal-directed and to develop academic, social, and leadership skills to positively impact the world within and beyond The Master’s School.
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  • Lower School Facility Enhancements

    Our Lower School is sporting some amazing new flooring! We can’t wait to fill the hallways with little feet this Fall. Our Maintenance Team has been hard at work this summer on many incredible campus enhancements, including revitalizing the Lower School Interactive Science and Technology lab and renovating the new Upper School community space (both of which we look forward to sharing with you later this summer).
  • Advanced Technology Enchancements in Middle & Upper School Classrooms

    We will be introducing Promethean boards in select Middle and Upper School classrooms this fall! A Promethean board is an interactive, touch-sensitive whiteboard which allows users to engage with the displayed content through a variety of tools and software. Promethean boards promote interactive learning at all grade levels and facilitating creative, flexible lesson instruction for educators.
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  • The Master's School Partners with Ethos School

    We’re excited to announce a new partnership between The Master’s School and Ethos School! Ethos School is an alliance of Christian schools that provides engaging online classes and collaborative support services to over 50 schools within the U.S. and internationally. As an Ethos School Partner, The Master’s School will maintain the school’s full independence and responsibility for its mission, and now gain new strengths with many additional online course offerings, adoption of advanced learning instructional programs, facility improvements, as well as partnership in financial planning, admissions, communication, and more. With our newfound partnership with Ethos School, we are eager to invest in program improvements, campus upgrades, and operational support.

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  • We are so excited to unveil our new Upper School community space! Thanks to the countless hours of hard work this summer by our amazing Facilities Team and the generous gifting from Ethos of furnishings and technology for this space, we are able to welcome our Upper School community back to school with a brand new, multi-purpose space. The Upper School will use the space for Crew, seminar style classes, Guided Learning Labs, and social gatherings. We invite you to come check out this incredible new space the next time you are on campus!

    Upper School Community Space

    We are so excited to unveil our new Upper School community space! Thanks to the countless hours of hard work this summer by our amazing Facilities Team and the generous gifting from Ethos of furnishings and technology for this space, we are able to welcome our Upper School community back to school with a brand new, multi-purpose space. The Upper School will use the space for Crew, seminar style classes, Guided Learning Labs, and social gatherings. We invite you to come check out this incredible new space the next time you are on campus!

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  • The Master’s School is thrilled to announce our partnership with CITA (Christians in Theater Arts). CITA cultivates environments that empower and sustain all Christians in theatre arts.  CITA will partner with The Master’s School to offer a Theatre Arts Integration Project for our Middle School students. This theatre arts integration and cross-curricular project will incorporate core subject areas over a 15-week period (three 5-week sessions). The purpose of this project is to connect school community through collaboration, increase students’ critical thinking skills, create an environment that asks important questions and finds creative solutions, and connect art and faith in significant way.

    Theatre Arts Integration Project

    The Master’s School is thrilled to announce our partnership with CITA (Christians in Theater Arts). CITA cultivates environments that empower and sustain all Christians in theatre arts. CITA will partner with The Master’s School to offer a Theatre Arts Integration Project for our Middle School students. This theatre arts integration and cross-curricular project will incorporate core subject areas over a 15-week period (three 5-week sessions). The purpose of this project is to connect school community through collaboration, increase students’ critical thinking skills, create an environment that asks important questions and finds creative solutions, and connect art and faith in significant way.

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  • In addition to our previously announced Suzuki violin classes for Kindergarten-Grade 3 and Suzuki guitar classes for Grades 4-5, we are excited to announce an additional offering made possible as a result of our partnership with the Hartt School of Music Community Division. Students in Grades 4 and 5 will be able to select between guitar and flute as their applied instrument this year. Offering guitar and flute specifically fulfills the General Music curricular goal of developing student’s musical independence on their choice of string or wind instrument. Both guitar and flute classes will give students a solid foundation and experience on the instrument which can become a gateway into other future musical endeavors.

    Flute Instruction

    In addition to our previously announced Suzuki violin classes for Kindergarten-Grade 3 and Suzuki guitar classes for Grades 4-5, we are excited to announce an additional offering made possible as a result of our partnership with the Hartt School of Music Community Division. Students in Grades 4 and 5 will be able to select between guitar and flute as their applied instrument this year. Offering guitar and flute specifically fulfills the General Music curricular goal of developing student’s musical independence on their choice of string or wind instrument. Both guitar and flute classes will give students a solid foundation and experience on the instrument which can become a gateway into other future musical endeavors.

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  • We are thrilled to bring dance back to The Master’s School! Beginning this Fall, The School of Ballet Hartford will be offering classes for students ages 3 to adult on Mondays and Thursdays. The School of Ballet Hartford is the official training school for Ballet Hartford and has their home studios at the 224 EcoSpace. Both the Company and School believe joy and excellence work in unison to create an optimal environment for growth. The Master’s School looks forward to this partnership in enhancing our Fine Arts program.

    Ballet Classes

    We are thrilled to bring dance back to The Master’s School! Beginning this Fall, The School of Ballet Hartford will be offering classes for students ages 3 to adult on Mondays and Thursdays. The School of Ballet Hartford is the official training school for Ballet Hartford and has their home studios at the 224 EcoSpace. Both the Company and School believe joy and excellence work in unison to create an optimal environment for growth. The Master’s School looks forward to this partnership in enhancing our Fine Arts program.

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  • As previously shared, we are reviving instrumental music at The Master’s School in new and novel ways. We are pleased to announce a brand-new instrumental class for older Lower School students. Beginning this fall, students in Grades 4 and 5 will have guitar as their applied instrumental music class. The Master’s School is thrilled to offer guitar instruction in collaboration with The Hartt School of Music Community Division.

    Suzuki Music Classes: Guitar

    As previously shared, we are reviving instrumental music at The Master’s School in new and novel ways. We are pleased to announce a brand-new instrumental class for older Lower School students. Beginning this fall, students in Grades 4 and 5 will have guitar as their applied instrumental music class. The Master’s School is thrilled to offer guitar instruction in collaboration with The Hartt School of Music Community Division.

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  • By partnering with Ethos School, The Master’s School has access to over 100 additional courses to immediately expand the breadth and depth of Middle and Upper School students’ academic experiences. Innovative Ethos courses are rigorous, flexible, highly engaging, collaborative, and feature active learning and rich “in person” social engagement with instructors who are highly trained content area experts and peers from across the globe. Uniquely, at The Master’s School, Ethos courses will be delivered in relationship through a healthy balance of live and pre-recorded sessions facilitated in small groups by TMS partner teachers who have been specifically trained as Ethos facilitators. We’re thankful for the opportunity to partner with Ethos School to expand our students’ opportunities through the broad selection of rigorous, flexible, and Bible-centered courses for our students!

    Robust Array of Course Offerings

    By partnering with Ethos School, The Master’s School has access to over 100 additional courses to immediately expand the breadth and depth of Middle and Upper School students’ academic experiences. Innovative Ethos courses are rigorous, flexible, highly engaging, collaborative, and feature active learning and rich “in person” social engagement with instructors who are highly trained content area experts and peers from across the globe. Uniquely, at The Master’s School, Ethos courses will be delivered in relationship through a healthy balance of live and pre-recorded sessions facilitated in small groups by TMS partner teachers who have been specifically trained as Ethos facilitators. We’re thankful for the opportunity to partner with Ethos School to expand our students’ opportunities through the broad selection of rigorous, flexible, and Bible-centered courses for our students!

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  • Beginning this fall, instrumental music will return to TMS in new and novel ways, starting in the Lower School. The General Music curriculum will expand, as we launch Suzuki violin classes for Kindergarten - Grade 3. Augmenting General Music by pairing it with Suzuki violin enables our youngest students to engage deeply with an instrument and apply their growing musical skills. We look forward to advancing the mission of The Master’s School in the music classroom!

    Suzuki Music Classes: Violin

    Beginning this fall, instrumental music will return to TMS in new and novel ways, starting in the Lower School. The General Music curriculum will expand, as we launch Suzuki violin classes for Kindergarten - Grade 3. Augmenting General Music by pairing it with Suzuki violin enables our youngest students to engage deeply with an instrument and apply their growing musical skills. We look forward to advancing the mission of The Master’s School in the music classroom!

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  • Campus might look a little different for the 2022-23 school year! The Board of Trustees determined that it is time for the great mission of The Master’s School to go forward, with significant new strength, with our innovative partnership with Ethos School in Christian education, and with a forward-thinking vision that will advance The Master’s School immediately and for years to come.   A few of our campus advancement initiatives for the upcoming school year include enhanced STEAM curriculum with a revitalized Interactive Science and Technology lab in the Lower School, advanced technology in the Middle and Upper School, furnishings for our new community space for the Upper School, new flooring in select locations, a revival of our visual and performing arts programs, and more!

    Campus Advancement Initiatives

    Campus might look a little different for the 2022-23 school year! The Board of Trustees determined that it is time for the great mission of The Master’s School to go forward, with significant new strength, with our innovative partnership with Ethos School in Christian education, and with a forward-thinking vision that will advance The Master’s School immediately and for years to come. A few of our campus advancement initiatives for the upcoming school year include enhanced STEAM curriculum with a revitalized Interactive Science and Technology lab in the Lower School, advanced technology in the Middle and Upper School, furnishings for our new community space for the Upper School, new flooring in select locations, a revival of our visual and performing arts programs, and more!

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The Master's School is fully accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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