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1699 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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October 14, 2014
Masterman is an all together great school, but ITS FIFTH GRADE OR BUST. If you're not accepted to Masterman in grades 5 or 6 you most likely will not be accepted to the High School. Only 100 students are accepted into the high school each year and they most choose from the 200 8th graders here. Many advanced classes but unlike Central you cannot graduate with a Bachleor degree from Masterman. Middle school has a limited amount of clubs and most of the focus is on the high school but we're the best in PA for a reason! BTW PARENTS by sending your child here they will have completed Algebra 1 (1/3 of the eight graders complete Algebra 2, I was one of them) so that means they will have their Algebra 1 keystone out of the way and they will have also completed either Spanish 1 or French 1 (it's a lottery to see what language you have)

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2014
It's the best high school in the state. You can research the stats anywhere. However, it's a magnet school for the district and very selective for entrance.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
I think Masterman is a wonderful school. Especially for the location, it goes to show kids can expell from any location. It starts at home with our children. The staff is on target, ready to give are children the best education possible. Pleasant and friendly invirourment , I would recommend this school to all my family and friends . Masterman my hat's go out to you, keep up the good work!!!!! A proud parent from West Philly. You make are neighborhood proud......

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Masterman school is really for the exceptional child and the exceptional parent. The school is run by exceptional leadership staff and exceptional Teachers. Sorry for the redundancy of the word exceptional. lol

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
Masterman has held the position of top school in Pennsylvania for several years for many reasons. The location affords a very balanced diversity, in all ways, and this creates a rich cultural and psychological environment for learning. Driven to challenge themselves with a demanding "consumer base" of students and families, the teachers bring energy, skill, talent and experience (in many ways) to their work. The students are eager, cooperative, positive and motivated, and they hold themselves and each other to high standards. I consider myself extremely lucky to have my children educated in this school, and like all of the parents at Masterman, I do whatever I can to support the school and contribute to its success.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Masterman is a wonderful school and such a family oriented place. The love and support displayed for the teachers help the children not feel like just a number. My son was a bit nervous when he first got to Masterman but soon became well adjusted with so much positive energy in the air it was hard not to be infected by it. I love the staff, home & school association and my son loves the school as well!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
My son John attends Masterman Julia R Secondary School.As a parent I am so grateful that he is able to go to the top high school in the city of Philadelphia and the top high school in the state of PA. The teachers are dedicated. The principal leadership is amazing. The parent involvement is great. Right now our Philly schools are in such need of help. The students love their school and I know they would be grateful for any financial help they would receive. The building itself needs a little TLC and the classrooms need supplies. Please support our school. Thank you for your consideration.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
As a 2009 graduate, I can not thank Masterman enough for the education that it gave me. The community that rallies behind the school is bar none and the intelligence, integrity and long lasting commitment to education that echoes from its halls is inspiring and refreshing. Teachers do not exist at Masterman because they are so much more. They are mentors, educators, civil leaders, academics, role models and friends. They have a breadth of knowledge that is not found in most universities. They are always willing to help students and are continuously looking for new ways to engage their pupils. The quality of the student body is not found in any other school in the City of Philadelphia or for the sate for that matter. Students represent multiple races, ethnicities, and incomes. From the NE to South Philly, West Mt. Airy to University City, every area of the city becomes a part of the Masterman community. In layman's terms this is an AMAZING school.

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2013
Great school in the heart of Philadelphia. Strong parent involvement and a great community of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Excellence, hard work, diligence and drive, dedication to the community and to the tasks at hand -- these are the elements I see Masterman instilling into its kids. So proud and grateful to be part of this amazing community and special kudos to our Principal, Ms. Marjorie Neff, who has never waivered in her dedication and devotion to the school despite the incredibly difficult challenges she must meet each day.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
I started at fifth grade and now going into sixth. The food is great! There's warm fresh food like chicken, pizza and you can also make your own sandwiches or hoagies or tortillas. I enjoyed computers and music. They are the easiest of my opinion. You have to be prepared to get your hands tired from writing. There is alot of homework but what they teach will help you in your life. You will not regret going here. You will make new friends and have a great time. You play on the roof (no worries parents, is fenced so nobody gets hurt or falls). You can play foosball, basketball, ping pong, wall ball, jump rope, and there is a "Japanese Garden" for a quiet studying/ reading place. Wish everybody well!

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2013
I attended Masterman from 5th through 12th grade (graduated in 2006). Anyone that says you should not send your children to this school are either severly lacking in intelligence or hold a grudge because they couldn't make it while attending class there. Masterman has the highest SAT scores in the Philadelphia region; the next best schools' scores are not even close. I graduated 72nd out of 110 students and my GPA was still a 3.72! Only the best of the best make it to the highschool and there is no doubt that once you graduate, transitioning to a college workload is a piece of cake. Teacher expectations are indeed high, but its because they know how hard it is for children to get into the school in the first place and are willing to bet that the students will meet the challenges they are faced with (which most do with flying colors and a little bit of hard work). Rest assured, you can send your children to this school knowing the education they receive will be top notch and they will basically be able to go to any college they want.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2013
Masterman is a very advanced school, the work is advanced, the majority of the teachers are kind, and the students are friendly. There is no repetitive school uniform that you have to wear, and the cafeteria food is better than usual school food (that's my opinion, at least). The work will be much more difficult than other schools, and there will be some days where you will have to work for a while. My only complaints are that the bathrooms are dirty sometimes, and you will most likely have to wake up earlier than usual the go there (it's not a neighborhood school). Besides this, the school is excellent, and you will not regret enrolling.

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2013
I'm a junior at mansterman and i have started at 5th grade. The school is pretty good and the staff members are also good. The biggest problems for me as transition from my old school to masterman due to it's work load. The teachers here are it and miss some are really good others are not as good. My one bit of advice is take spanish the French program is really good in 10th and 11th grade but 8th and 9th graders will struggle with french and the huge spike in difficulty doesn't help.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2013
I am currently enrolled in this school at sixth grade. The majority of kids here are pretty nice. But the amount of work here, is well totally different than the amount at my old school. You get projects like every week along with bunch of other homework. They give you like one week to complete a complicated project. You hand in homework one day late, you get a fifty. Often, on one day, there could be more than two tests and all these assignments due. I mean, I use to enjoy school days and dread weekends because I get to hang out with my friends. But now, I love weekends, the main reason is SLEEP. Gosh, I was so close to falling asleep in couple of classes today. I often get less than six hours of sleep because I live far away and the loads of homework.

- submitted by a community member
November 25, 2012
Masterman Is the top high school in the country. And the middle school is top notch. Anyone that says derogatory things about Masterman it's because they could not make it. The school is extremely competitive. Private schools are all about money. Masterman is about getting the best of the best.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
Masterman is a remarkable community of students, teachers, staff & families.Students are very well prepared for the academic rigors of college.This is remarkable given the poor physical plant and funding challenges.Despite the competitive nature of academics found in any academically oriented school. Graduates consistently talk about how close they are, support one another, and feel they are competing with the outside world not each other. We give most of the credit to the kids themselves and the teachers in the classroom. How, there are some areas that could use improvement. While there is a core of outstanding, dedicated, talented teachers at every level, there are still many teachers the kids adn parents (and perhaps administration) shake their head s about and wonder how they continue to teach here. With large class sizes, the teachers need to be engaging, engaged, interesting, and able to be understood. Language is sometimes a barrier, lack of interest, or just poor teaching skills still persist. We need more tutoring and/or before and after school availability of teachers in every subject to support the students, especially in high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2012
I went to Masterman from 5th to 8th grade and I hated it. The majority of the kids are extremely snobbish and look down on you if you are not on their level. The academics are good, but some teachers are better than others and certain star pupils get way more attention, also when I was there, the nurse never did her job. The faculty does not care enough about what is going on with students outside of their academics. Not a wide variety for sports and clubs, overall I am very glad I left this school. Do your child a favor and don't send them to this school.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2012
I'm Currently Not Attending Masterman But I'm Going To Apply To Masterman Because I've Been Hearing Nothing But Good Thing's Of This School, But On This Page, Reading Everyone's Review Of Masterman I'm Starting To Have Mixed Feelings Of Masterman. Someone Help !!

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2012
Masterman is truly a great school it teaches you many things. I happened to be advanced at this school taking high school courses in middle school. The four years I spent here were truly a fun and educating. I can't thank this school enough for helping me get into a great high school. Not all the teachers there are great but that is the case in almost every public school. The teachers I had were truly amazing. Although a person wouldn't think it was a great academic school by looking at it. Master an didn't have a lot of money. I got accepted to the high school but didn't go. Lots of teachers at the middle school level were high school teachers increasing your chances of getting a bad teacher someone may have received. If someone does pick Masterman they made a great choice.

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2012
I currently attend Masterman and sure we don't have a science lab, and we use online textbooks, but we have a laptop cart in everyroom. I wouldn't call that limited resources.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2012
Masterman is great and all, but a lot of students cheat. That's how some of them get into the high school. The teachers at Masterman were, 3/5 of the time, awful. I didn't get accepted anywhere for high school and I blame Masterman a teensy bit. There is nothing for middle schoolers to do, unless you like track, yearbook, band, or choir. And the fact that Masterman is so academically far ahead, I'm talking high school material for 7th and 8th grade and some college stuff for high school. Even if you happen to fall behind, like I did, you're still on a 10th grade level by the time you graduate middle school. If you didn't get into Masterman for high school, you're at the biggest disadvantage. Your mates are progressing and then you have to take middle school all over again. Masterman should definitely be bigger, as to accept the population of 8th graders as a whole for high school. Still love Masterman, though.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2012
We came from a highly academic prestigious Quaker school. My son is eceptionally happy and intellectually stimulated at Masterman, and much prefers his current school to his previous one. There is no substitute for the real life lessons to be found in a truly diverse community of bright kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
Masterman definitely needs a new building;however, the district does not have financial means to do this. However, my daughter interview @ Penn Charter one of the most selective Private school in Philadelphia Area, guess what they were not far academically compare to Masterman Students. The teacher really teach the subject so not having science book may be a problem for student who teacher does not teach. Phillip Exeter one of the premier top academic program Private education does not use a text book for math, guess what the student still learn. I absolutely hate elitist; stop bashing Masterman. Masterman sends public school children to some of the best university and a lot of private school kids come to Masterman in the 5th and they absolutely love thrive academically at this school. World Class facilitate, no ? World Class students and teachers, yes.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2011
Corrected review ....After extensive research my husband and I chose to submit an application to Masterman Middle School for our 5th grader. Coming from a private school we were a bit overwhelmed by the class sizes - 33 students per class, the deteriorating condition of the school building and the lack of resources and extracurricular activities offered to the students. Coming from a regular public school and being accepted at Masterman would be a great accomplishment but coming from a blue ribbon private school , I am not impressed. I believe the school is doing the best it can within it's financial constraints but the school is not the best fit for my son . I was quite surprised the students are not provided science textbooks nor does the school have a science lab. I was not impressed with the rooftop play area , I was not impressed with the cafeteria but what has impressed me is the dedication of the staff. The school staff truly cares about the students, so much so many teachers volunteer their time for extracurricular activities and tutoring. Although the school wasn't a good fit for my son, it really provides a good education for an above average self motivated

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
I came to this school expecting it to be good. The teachers vary from absolutely amazing to awful. There are more awful teachers than good teachers. It makes me wonder how they got to teach at this school in the first place. I am in 8th grade and have been here since 5th grade. I got into the high school, but I'm not going. Traumatizing experience over-all

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2011
Hey so, i go here at masterman and i've been here since 5th grade. It's honestly a great school and i love it here, and i love my friends but sometimes it gets a little over whelming. 5th grade was a big adjustment from my other school to masterman, 6th grade was smooth sailing, 7th grade was honestly the worst for me. They put so much pressure on you saying that it's what matters for high school, and even though it is, i lost so much sleep from it. 8th grade is the best year of all and i feel like i've got everything together. Grades, Boyfriend, Friends, but the thing is, i didn't get accepted. I cried because i feel like it's my second home. I'm going to Saul, and I'm excited for that, but i really wish i was able to get in. Time to start a new chapter ... and so it begins ...

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2011
I love this school for is wonderful reputation and I am pleased to have a son there in 7th grade whose first report card was all A's and one B!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
I'm in 6th grade at Masterman, and it's a good school, but it lives on its reputation. All year, especially in fifth and seventh grades, there is constant reminder of the PSSAs, that part is terrible. The fifth grade teachers are definetely not superior to any others, but there are some wonderful teachers in the other grades. I have learned a lot. Also, I am being challenged a lot more than if I had been back at my old school. Oh, and the homework is not all what it is worked up to be. We don't get a humongous amount, though there are a few nights a year when you are working from the minute you get home to bedtime. We have many extracurricular activities, and a wonderful arts program (the play each year). I do agree on the point of the lunchroom. It is not completely repulsive, as I have read, but it is not better in any way than any other school cafeteria, no matter what you hear about a cold/hot line. All in all, if you excell in anything acedemic, you would fit right in here at J.R. Masterman Labratory and Demonstration School.......whatever that means. -one happy camper at masterman

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2010
National Blue Ribbon School and President Obama gives his Back to School address from this school. Highest SAT scores in Pennsylvania.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
I am an 8th grade student at Masterman School. I'll be honest to you. There is indeed alot of homework we receive each day, including projects and other things. But I feel at home in Masterman. I know everyne and everyone knows me. You have your variety of students and teachers so you'll never be bored, basically. You have that math teacher from last year who believes math is groovy (and it is). Then you have your science teacher who gives the best experiments. You have students in the hall waving hellos to you, and you have teachers from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade who ask you if you plan to stay in Masterman for high school. I just received my application for high school, and with no doubt, Masterman will be my first choice. I've developed a family in Masterman, and I guarantee you will too. :)

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2010
My child is an 8th grade student at Masterman. Next year she joins the elite 100 as a 9th grader. Masterman is a school that virtually runs itself academically because of the students. The majority of the students are gifted and thanks to their own initiative or that of their parents they will always do well. My child has been fortunate because every year she has had at least one superior teacher. The teachers in the middle school do not appear to be as invested as the high school teachers but those that were invested were excellent. We are looking forward to our next four years at Masterman. The administration is very approachable and easy to work with. The building itself due to its age could use some updating. The School District needs to pay better attention to the needs of their gifted students too much emphasis lately on empowerment.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
I simply love this school because it is the best!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 28, 2010
My daughter attended Masterman from 5th-12th grades. She graduated in 2007. She is a very bright 'MG' child who was challenged to the point that she actually had to work! I loved it. She learned how to organize herself and make better use of her time. She got into a good college and is doing well. She also made some amazingly incredible diverse friends, one she is rooming with in college. However, you must be your child's advocate, if you don't and they are quiet like my daughter, they will get lost or ignored by the teachers and administration. They do have some amazing teachers here, and at the same time because of the teacher's union they have some duds. I was sorry to Mrs. Bravo retire as Principal.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
While there are a surprising number of middle school students with discipline problems, students on average are good and their parents care about their education. Sadly, Masterman teachers take this for granted. They don't try to make learning fun or engaging. They don't much teach. Instead, students are subjected to a grinding schedule of homework and, in school, ill-planned unsupervised group work, which means Masterman students are mainly self-educated, in combination with the many hours parents must spend assisting them with homework and particularly massive, pointless, relentless 'projects' that invariably demonstrate teachers who have given very little thought to the pedagogical objectives of such time-wasters. This school has been a great disappointment. The only thing it has to offer is a reputation, and I suspect it's going to be losing that in the coming years, given how weak the teaching is (with a very few exceptions).

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2010
Floored that the best school in Philadelphia has such a repulsive cafeteria. Shocked that the teacher in a wheelchair is given a substandard basement classroom. Ugly library. Dirty building. Why doesn't the administration take care of these issues, so easily remedied? Poor kids! They knock their brains out in grades five to eight , and then have to reapply for high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
I am in 6th grade and has been at Masterman since 5th grade! I absolutely love it! There are so many different cultures and opportunities! They teach about roman myths/history in Latin, they have music and gym also! Everyone has heard about the famous heavy load of homework we receive! Well it is true! There are a lot of projects, worksheets, and textbooks! Although, the teachers and staff are wonderful and well educated! They try their best to help you! There are a bunch of trips! My 2nd yr has been the best so far! It is very different from my old school, even though they're both public schools! Anyway, this school is awesome! I would really recommend this school to any child who would like more opportunities and better education!

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2010
My son is in the 8th grade, he simply loves his experience at Masterman, he is very comfortable with all aspects of academic life a Masterman except for one that often is a source of great frustration to him. For those that for watever reason did not move to Algebra II and were asked to repeat Algebra I, he felt that after being challenged in 7th grade by a wonderful math teacher and getting an A, repeating the same conceptual framework, regardless of the teacher skill and enthusiasm, severely bruised his self steem, disrupted his friends support base and mainly left a big hole in what was a sequence of continuouly challenging math sequence. My humble suggestion is that if assessment suggest that they are not ready to engage the demands of Algebra II, to at least explore some more advanced topics and / or applications

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
I am in 7th grade at Masterman, I started in 5th. While I love some teachers and classes, there are a few teachers who can't teach well, and/or act completely innapropriately. As for social stuff, I love that my friends are white, african-american, asian, hispanic, and anything else they may be. To me, and most everyone at Masterman, we are just people. We're friends. We're all one big family. As for the infamous workload? Please don't take this lightly. The amount of work we get is insane. Accept that your child may indeed get a B or occasional C on a test because there is no time to study because WE'RE TOO BUSY LEARNING ALGEBRA IN THE 7TH GRADE. Yeah, it's tough. But knowing that A's and B's at Masterman can take you to nearly any high school you want to go to, helps me keep my head high...and my grades.

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February 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
This is my son't first year at Masterman. He is in the 5th grade. I was very worried about the transition from a small prodimately African-American School to a larger setting. His adjustment was smooth. We both love that he has an opportunity to mix and mingle with all different types of cultures. Academically Masterman runs a tight ship. My son is being more challenged academically for the first time in his life he has to study. :) I love it! He has made the adjustment, we are still working on the organizational part but he has gotten better. He loves the new friends he has made and he loves the fact that being MG doesn't draw alot of attention because it's the norm at Masterman. I feel the school is safe. The building is a little old and can use some modifying. Its been a great experience so far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I so agree with the statement made on the Sept. 7, 2009 posting. I child's states that he has spent the last 3 yrs. at Masterman teaching himself, for the teachers I stopped. So I agree that a lot of the students are doing well because they are determined to learn. This is something that should be looked into. I have tried but I have not gotten anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
my daughter is in her 4th year at masterman. she looks forward to getting to school each day.

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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2009
Masterman is a great school in terms of education. It is full of some of the most intelligent and hardwoking students throughout the Philadelphia region. The students are hardworking and very freindly. Cliques do not exist at the school and everyone helps eachother. However, I believe the school may be starting to falter. The teachers there are either amazing educators or terrible, lost instructors. Personally, I think the school is only doing this well due to the students determination to learn.

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2009
My son spent 8 years at Masterman. As a retired high school math teacher, not at Masterman, I hold the school in the highest regard. I could not have been more pleased with the education my son received there.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
I as a student who attends Masterman has an very extreme year! Masterman pushes you to the limit where it will help you in life. Masterman is a school wher orgnazation is the key. If your not putting effort into what you do then the teachers are not putting effort into your grade! You hqve to go above limt! I experinced that alot here, but safety wise, masterman is on top of its game. Hey, The Mayors Daughter goes there! * Their motto; Organaztion is the key to sucess here at masterman. Thats what my teacher always told me! Your child will always be entertained here with education! ~ effort~

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2009
this school is past awesome! it is fun and exciting to be there

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2009
This was my child first year at Masterman Middle School and I can say that it was an adjustment for the entire family. Your child will do well here if they are able to be organized and have parental support. The school teachers are great educators and know the subject well. However, the teachers and the administrators are not warm and fuzzy, as a parent you will have to adjust. My advice to parents is for you to be your child own best advocate and be proactive with their education. The children will adjust if they happen to fall behind just remember they are competing on a more competitive environment and they will do very well where ever they attend for high school. And finally, some of the parents are snobby and overly showcase themselves in their child education, pay them no mind.

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June 17, 2009
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May 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
I Think Masterman is a very good, and serious enviornment to learn in. I've attended this school since 5th grade and I love it! They have very good academic skills in this school. I am now about to move on to 7th grade, I am very much planning on attending this school for high school.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2009
I have a daughter who currently attends Masterman and can I say she loves the school. This school pushes her to reach her fullest potential. She learns at a fast pace which is good for her, but if she needs any support, the teachers, deans, and her parents are there to support her. Masterman is the best school in Philadelphia and the teachers are great. If you do not have a child who can keep up with the busy work load and if you are are parent who is to busy to assist in your child's education and advancement, this may not be a school for your child

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
My daughter goes to Masterman, and her grades have skyrocketed. She is geting 99% in science, literacy, and social studies!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
It should be noted that Masterman is both a middle school and a high school and most kids enter in 5th grade. For some kids being in a big high school-like setting with kids from all neighborhoods is a bit overwhelming, as I suspect is it has been for the child of the parent who posted on Feb 6. In my experience, such kids are the rare exception. Most of the academically advanced kids here thrive in this environment. I have had two very different children attend Masterman Middle school, and my younger child is now in 11th grade. My other son went to an older, more 'prestigious' academic magnet school, and I am convinced that my child at Masterman is getting the better education.

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February 13, 2009
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October 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2008
I give Masterman 5 stars for giving excellent support to challenging situations. The teachers are very willing and open to help by providing useful strategies to overcoming hurdles.

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no rating September 04, 2008
Great Atmosphere. Great Kids. Part of a poor school district that should invest in this talented school. Definitely prepares the children for College.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
It's not a bad school. On the contrary, it's quite a good one, but like every other school, it has it's flaws. Masterman has a big problem with eliteism, and many of us do think we're better than others. Truthfully, we're not. Everyone tries, but there's the people who give the 80%, and then the people who give the 120% to balance everyone else out. And the cleaniness and supplies are definitely something to be desired.

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2008
I attended Masterman from 1997 to 2004. I have stayed involved in the alumni association and activities because I love this school and have very fond memories of my time there. It is an excellent school and I plan to groom my soon to be born son to attend this institution and be part of it's legacy.

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March 31, 2008
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February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2007
Masterman did not live up to its expectations. I regret attending because of the homogeneous student population, a very corrupt teacher, ridiculous school policies, pointless assignments (mostly busy work), unclean facilities, lack of supplies, and horrible science programs/clubs/classes.

- submitted by a community member
October 15, 2007
This is an excellent school. It properly melds both the academic and the athletic to provide its students with an outstanding experience. My wife and my daughter attended the school and both had extremely positive experiences. They are a public school that achieves like a private school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
This is the best public school available in the metropolitan Philadelphia area and probably the best performed public schoolin Pennsylvania in terms of the sate-wide annual PSSA tests. It did better than most expensive private schools around Philadelphia and in its suburbs. This school is probably the very reason I still dwell in Philadelphia in order for my kids to attend Masterman.

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July 20, 2007
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May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
The best public Middle School in Philadelphia. A wide range of extra-curricular activities, especially academic activities. Teachers are mostly above average, some are superb. Several ignore the obligatory five-pound textbooks entirely. My only complaint is that the foreign language instruction is very weak. Either they should do it properly, or skip it entirely. The two principals have been highly visible, and have shown leadership.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2005
This school offers students a rigorous academic experience.

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August 29, 2005
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August 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
Masterman is great for college-bounded students. If your kid is clear about what he/she wants to do, Masterman is great. Although some extracurricular organiztion are a bit small, it actually give individual students room to express themselves!

- submitted by a former student
April 22, 2005
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April 11, 2005
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February 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2004
I am also a student at Masterman, in 11th grade. Masterman is a school for students that are exceeding the standards at their neighborhood schools greatly and need more of a challenge. While the resources aren't always the best (probably better than most Philadelphia Public High Schools, however), the teachers are mostly good to excellent and the student community is very tight-knit and for the most part accepting. The environment is one of learning and achieving, regardless of one's background. The major drawback is the pressure to succeed, which can create intense (though sometimes unspoken) competition between students. All in all, it's a great school and is perfect for those looking for a small, close community of students committed to living up to their full potentials.

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2004
Awesome learning environment that gives the children the tools to succeed in life.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
Excellent school. My only complaint is the school lacks the resourses commensurate with the level of academic achievement.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 16, 2004
I'm not a parent, I'm a kid going into 12th grade. All the same, having been in the school since 5th grade, I feel qualified to talk about it. My greatest advice is, if you're planning on going into science, stay away from Masterman. All of the science teachers in the high school have thick accents, or are simply not good teachers. They understand the material (some would argue this), but simply are not able to get it across very well. The Foreign Language (or French, at least) and Math Departments are very good, however, and if you are looking for a small school, I would recommend Masterman. FYI: It is more or less impossible to get into the high school without going to the middle school. Other than that, graduation rate is basically 100%, the students are crazy about grades, and facilities are bad. I've enjoyed my experience here.

- submitted by a student
May 25, 2004
People send their children here for the peer group, because the teaching is pretty uneven. The facilities are overcrowded and a bit run down. The test score mania is annoying, but understandable. I'd like to see more emphasis on the Middle School, since the focus seems to be on the glory of having grads of the HS go to prestigious colleges. Still, my son seems happy there and I know he's learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
This is probably the best public school in all of Pennsylvania. Some teachers (50%) are phenominal, some average and unfortunately 25% are incompetant. Specifically the science department is lacking in resources and good quality teachers. Of course now with the 'Leave no child behind' act testing occurs every five minutes and who knows what will happen.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2004
The only reason to stay in Philadelphia, I don't think we could find a better school or a place where my son feels so much at home.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2003
A remarkable, wonderful, talented student body... probably the best in any public school in the state. Its students deserve better than the insufficient resources devoted to the school by a bankrupt system. Teaching quality is very uneven, but over come by the students' capabilities. The school is a great feeder for highly selective colleges.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
I have an 11th grader and an 8th grader in this school and I am completely happy with the education that they have received. If you are interested in applying for enrollment I suggest you do so before 5th grade, after that placement is very limited.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2003
The discpline is unbelievably strict.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
This is one of the best schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in the whole United States, with 'Grade A' teachers and students, great faculity and an excellent facility.

- submitted by a former student
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Masterman Julia R Secondary School
1699 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA  19130
(215) 299-4661
Last modified Masterman Julia R Secondary School is a Public school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Masterman Julia R Secondary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 93 reviews. Top