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Masterman Julia R Secondary School

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Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 1, 2009

this school is past awesome! it is fun and exciting to be there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted November 5, 2005

This school offers students a rigorous academic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


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


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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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Reading

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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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.

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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99%

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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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98%

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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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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.

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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98%

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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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95%

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97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
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97%

2009

 
 
99%
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.

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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