The Heart of Us

The Heart of Us

 

What makes us who we are? It's hard to put into words what you experience when you are a part of The Master's School family. Some of our students, faculty & staff, parents, alumni, and friends have put some thought into what they feel makes up the heart of The Master's School.

 

What do you love most about The Master’s School? 
“Learning.  It’s just really fun here.  I know I’m new, and I just feel safe here.” - Lower School Student

  

What would you tell another student, who goes to another school, to encourage them to consider The Master’s School? 
“This school has changed my life.  Some people think that a school is just a school, but to me, it’s a home.” - Middle School Student

  

What is one word that best describes the school?  Tell why you chose that word. 
“Family.  Everyone knows each other, and despite everyone’s different backgrounds, we still come together as one.” - Upper School Student

  

Why do you like teaching at The Master’s School? 
“I don’t just like teaching at The Master’s School, I love teaching and working here at The Master’s School because of the students and faculty that I interact with daily. I can walk in to the building after a hard morning and instantly be welcomed with hugs and smiles from our students or know I can talk to any teacher on campus for prayer and support. This place truly is set apart from other schools and businesses in the way we care for each other, we aren’t just co-workers, but family who spend day in and day out together, working together for the good of the students we come in contact with and desiring to know and serve our families well.” - TMS Faculty/Staff

 

Describe The Master’s School.
“The Master’s School sits atop a beautiful hill in West Simsbury and is a place where you can find extraordinary work happening in ordinary circumstances every day. My family is grateful for the rich heritage of our association with The Master’s School.” - Alum Parent and Former Staff Member

 

How has The Master’s School impacted the life of your family?
"Two years ago our daughter announced to us that she decided to transfer to Master's. In commonly used recent vernacular, it was a game changer. We didn't know it then, but in these two short years, the girl that you all know bloomed. She was already a beautiful flower, but oh how she bloomed in these two years." - Former Alum Parent

 

Describe one of your favorite teachers at The Master’s School and tell why he/she is a favorite.
“My favorite teacher is very kind and helpful. She gives me extreme love and caring that I never had before.” - Current International Student

 

In what ways have you grown at The Master’s School?
“I’ve grown from nervous and shy to excited and talkative. And I learned that God can do anything.” - Current Lower School Student

 

What sets TMS students apart?
“The students care about ALL other students AND their teachers. I love to see the students interact. At other schools, I felt like a non-person (only a “teacher”). Here, I feel like a whole person because of the way the students treat me.” - Current Middle School Teacher
 
 
Why do you like teaching at The Master’s School?
“I like being able to frame all of my lessons in a biblical context and share my love of Christ with my students. It is a blessing to pray for them each day and to share how the performing arts can allow us to worship God and honor the gifts He’s given us.” - Current Middle/Upper School Teacher
 
 
What is one word that describes the school?
“Happiness. I think that the best way to learn/study is in an atmosphere of happiness.” - Current International Student
 
 
What do you love most about The Master’s School?
“I love that I can meet people and get friends and that I can have so much fun. Thank you, Master’s School.” - Current Lower School Student
 
 

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
“A deep love and excitement for learning and eyes to see how everything points to their Creator.” - Current Lower School Teacher

 

What would you tell another student, who goes to another school, to encourage them to consider The Master’s School?
“I would say that the academics are excellent, and the teachers challenge you but also genuinely care about you. The community here is a blessing. You have people who care about you and are there for you praying for you. It is more than just a class here. The classes are hands-on and fun. Spiritually, it is impossible not to grow here. They prepare you for life and the spiritual struggles that come with it. They help you mature and prepare for your life after high school.” - Current Upper School Student

 

In what ways have you grown at The Master’s School?
“I have become more open to other people and sharing my feelings. I have also gotten better at asking for help, because I know I’m not alone.” - Current Middle School Student

 

What do you love most about The Master’s School?
“I love that everyone is so nice to me!” - Current Lower School Student

 

How has The Master's School made a difference in your life?
“I attended Master's for fifteen years. My story at The Master’s School is less a story of a change of course as it is the formation of one. My story at The Master’s School is arguably the story of my life. I am more empathetic, spiritual, and interpersonal since my first day, and I believe myself to be a better man for it.” - Alumni

 

Write a statement that describes what The Master’s School is all about.
“The Pre-K through Grade 12 model is a special and unique offering. Students and families grow up here.” - Current Staff Member

 

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite. What impact has this teacher had on your life?
“She does an amazing job of teaching, but she also gets to know each of her students on a personal level. She understands and helps us with the quirks and imperfections we have and brightens everyone’s day. She has helped me make progress in controlling myself and not shouting out constantly.” - Current Middle School Student

 

What would you tell another parent who is considering The Master’s School for their child(ren)?
“My son started at the Master’s school for the Early Childhood Program (ECP). Our plan was to have him there for ECP and then send him to public school for kindergarten since we live in an area with highly rated schools. However, he’s in 3rd grade and he’s still there. I couldn’t imagine him going anywhere else! The community is so nurturing, calm, and loving. The academics are excellent, and the teachers are highly qualified. I really feel like the school educates the whole child. Every time I go there for a conference, I cry tears of joy. The child who entered this school at age 4 is not the child I have now. My son has high functioning autism. This summer, our pediatrician (who initially suspected the diagnosis) was so blown away by his progress. He said that he would not have suspected autism now! I owe a lot of this to the help and support from The Master’s School. This past year, my daughter joined the 5th grade class. I have never seen her so enthusiastic about learning. I really can’t say enough good things about this school. The words I have cannot do it justice. If you want a small, caring, and academically challenging atmosphere for your child, then you should take a serious look at The Master’s School.” - Current TMS Parent

 
What is one word that best describes The Master’s School?
“Wonderful. I have had a great experience at The Master’s School.” – Current International Student
 
 
What do you love the most about The Master's School?
“That they teach the principles of God as well as display the heart of God in their everyday interaction with each other and their students. They provide an atmosphere whereby Christ is always honored and glorified and love abounds. And that excellence in education is the ultimate goal for each student.” – Current Parent
 
 
Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell what impact this teacher has had on your life.
“How my favorite teacher has had an impact is that she tells me how to tell the truth to my parents.” – Current Lower School Student
 
 
In what ways have you grown at The Master’s School?
“I have grown spiritually and also as an athlete.” – Current Upper School Student
 
 

What do you love most about The Master’s School?
“I love that The Master's School is my home. The campus, the people, the sense of belonging, the love and acceptance. It is more than a school, more than a place of employment, more than a campus on a hill. It is my home.” – Alumni/Current Parent/Staff Member

 

How has your/your family’s life been impacted by The Master’s School?
“Instead of putting a label on my son, he has been given every chance to grow and excel where in the past he was always held back. The staff draws out his potential, instead of focusing on his weakness. This is something I was unable to find elsewhere.” – Current Parent

 

What is one word that best describes the school? Tell why you chose that work.
“Praise. I chose this word because they always find ways to praise God and recognize his glory.” – Current Upper School Student

 

What sets TMS students apart from students in other schools?
“TMS students are different from other students in the way they interact with each other. They are taught from an early age how to problem solve and work out their problems together, how to advocate for themselves so they are being treated the way they deserve to be treated and how to “close the loop” with any issues they have in class. With consistent care and attention from their teachers, they are able to talk to each other and solve many of their problems on their own, often initiating conversations to better their classroom community. Students here genuinely care for each other, whether it be through a standing ovation for a student who has been out sick for a few days or with the hugs and smiles they greet each other with in the morning. Students here show the love of Christ to each other and their teachers on a daily basis." – Current Faculty Member

 

What is one word that best describes the school? Tell why you chose that word.
“Enriching – The word makes me think of rich soil, the type that allows for plants to grow and plentiful harvests. This is a safe, supportive, God centered school that will enrich all of our students lives and give them a sure foundation for whatever God has called them to.” – Current Faculty Member

 

What do you love most about The Master’s School?
“In my old school, people would bully each other for not nice reasons. For years I tried to convince my parent to come to The Master’s School. The day I found out I was finally going, I was over the top excited because I knew that at this school, everyone would be treated fairly.” – Current Middle School Student

 

Tell us your story about how The Master's School has made a difference in your life:
“I finally found a group of people that not only became close friends that I could count on, but another family.” – Alumna

 

In what ways have you grown at The Master’s School?
“A lot. I learned to be honest. I learned to work with others. I learned to love others, and I grew in my relationship with God more." – Current Upper School Student

 

What would you tell another student, who goes to another school, to encourage them to consider The Master's School?
"I would say that everybody is loving, and kids will include you and love you!" Current Lower School Student

 

What do you love most about The Master's School?
"I love how all the teachers care about me personally and want to have a relationship with me." – Current Middle School Student

 

In what ways have you grown at The Master's School?
"I have grown in my social life. I used to be introverted, and the moment I came here I was open and showered in kindness." – Current Upper School Student

 

Share a story that describes what The Master's School is all about.
"During a particularly harsh storm, a student who was dealing with many difficulties of his own reached out to a teacher to make sure that teacher was all right. With no thought of compensation, the student spent an entire day chopping up fallen trees so the teacher and his family could return home. This type of connection between faculty and students is what The Master's School is all about." – Current Faculty Member

 

What would you tell another student, who goes to another school, to encourage them to consider The Master's School?
"I would tell them that teachers here not only care about your knowledge of the subject, but they also care about you as a person." – Current Upper School Student

 

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite. What impact has this teacher had on your life?
"My favorite teacher is so nice and patient. He has taught us a lot about being a Christian. As a non-religious person, I still think a lot about the Bible and combining it with real life. I have learned a lot from that." – Current International Student

 

Write a statement that describes what The Master's School is all about.
"We are family, and we eagerly strive to meet each other's needs. This school is my home. I just sleep somewhere else." – Current Faculty Member

 

In what ways have you grown at The Master's School?
"I have grown in my understanding of the Bible and in my capacity for learning. I now want to learn more all the time!" – Current Middle School Student