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.
Awesome learning environment that gives the children the tools to succeed in life.
Excellent school. My only complaint is the school lacks the resourses commensurate with the level of academic achievement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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