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.
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.
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
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
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 ...
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!
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
National Blue Ribbon School and President Obama gives his Back to School address from this school. Highest SAT scores in Pennsylvania.
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. :)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
my daughter is in her 4th year at masterman. she looks forward to getting to school each day.
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