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Masterman Julia R Secondary School

Public | 5-12 | 1168 students

 

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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 10, 2004

Awesome learning environment that gives the children the tools to succeed in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

Excellent school. My only complaint is the school lacks the resourses commensurate with the level of academic achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 3, 2003

The discpline is unbelievably strict.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted 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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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

164 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

163 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

164 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
Black95%
Asian97%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female95%
Male81%
Black89%
Asian86%
Hispanic79%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students99%
Female98%
Male99%
Black97%
Asian98%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
Black92%
Asian98%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
Black98%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
Black98%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Black96%
Asian97%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnic100%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian97%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnic100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black90%
Asian97%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnic100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black92%
Asian95%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnic93%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black100%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
Black83%
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 42% 71%
Black 26% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 3%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
American Sign Language
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • U. S. News and World Report Top 100 Public High Schools (2008)
  • Newsweek Top 100 Schools (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American Sign Language
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:19 pm
School Leader's name
  • Marjorie G. Neff
Fax number
  • (215) 299-3425

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • American Sign Language
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Dress Code
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