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Mastery Charter High School

Charter | 6-12 | 535 students

 

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Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Forget everything you thought you knew about Mastery Charter Schools. Introducing Mastery 3.0: the "new and improved" version, as of 2014. Mastery has thrown out its criticized but effective discipline systems of the past and replaced it with feel-good propaganda. Under Mastery 3.0, classrooms are out of control (lots of screaming; very little learning), its schools are unsafe (just in one quarter, staff were punched, attacked, and hospitalized, and there was a knife fight among students), and students are an afterthought.


Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mastery is over-hyped. Most of the teachers are Teach for America. That means most of the teachers start without an education degree, without a teacher certification, and without any real-world teaching experience. Oh, and they also happen to be young, preppy, and recently graduated from college. This school has no idea what they are doing either. This year they have all new curriculum. So, I guess all the stuff from previous years was no good?


Posted August 29, 2013

This is a great school. My honest opinion is that if your child wants to receive an education and understands the importance of such then they will be successful. I had 2 children in Mastery, at the same time. One decided the work was too difficult, didn't like to finish assignments on time and did not want to work hard. The other was dedicated, did very well and graduated valedictorian. The success of your child really depends on he/she is and wants to become. This school gives all of the tools needed to get to college. It has it's downfalls but does a great job of compensating in other areas. Truth is, if you can't afford to pay $10,000 a year to Friends Central, Mastery is a great place. I think the school could do more to actually help kids who need tutoring. They have "after hours" which doesn't help. Tutoring should be done by people bought in for that purpose not exhausted teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

I just don't see what all the fuss is about. All I see are young, twenty-somethings with NO experience all over the school TRYING to teach my child. What ever happened to the seasoned veteran who has been teaching for a while? All I've seen is test prep, drill and kill type lessons, nothing in-depth like my daughter had before. I'm taking her back to the public school soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2009

Mastery Charter is the best! I am currently in eleventh grade. I have been in Charter schools all my life, and by far, this is the best one ive been to. Their main goal is to get you far in life. The teachers actually want to see you succed, they care about you! Its not just about a pay check at the end of the week.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2009

Great school within our neighborhood. The alternative was Overbrook which seems like a disciplinary school in comparison to MCSC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

I think Mastery is a very good school. The teachers and staff include the parents in every aspect of the students day. They keep you involved and let you know beforehand of any potential problems
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

i think mastery is a great school but they focus on the little stuff and not the big stuff.I truthfully love it but theyjust need to give us a little bit more freedom and focus on the big but otherwise i love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2008

I think that Mastery is a great school. My son is a new student in the 7th grade. This school is very motivating for the students. Everything is set up to make them want to do their best. I love the teachers dedication to the students. I think that the merit system is very well needed. Without rules there is chaos. This is a school that will definitely prepare students for college
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

this school is awsom and gets you ready for college a true college bound school
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2008

I am not happy with the school and their merit system. some of the teachers seem like they can not handle the students and give them demerits for every little thing and when the big things arise they don' t know how to hand it properly. They call the parents about every thing and threat to kick out your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

I think this school is great, their grading system, disipline, teachers! My daughter will be entering 10th grade. The 9th grade teachers were wonderful and always keep me up to date with my child progress. My daughter had went to catholic school for 8 years and I just couldn't afford catholic highschool. This school was a excellent choice for us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

i've been a student at mastery for a year and it's been an awesome experience...the learning is great.....the teachers are wonderful...it's a great environment.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2008

This school is far superior to almost every school in the School District of Philadelphia in regards to academics and discipline. Students have everything available to them in order to help them become successful; its just a matter of students and parents working together to take advantage of all of the extra support! Almost every teacher in the school has their Master's degree or is working towards it, and teachers in this school have been called 'workhorses' on many occasions. Yes, the school is constantly changing, but it has only been in existence for 7-8 years and needs to brush up in some areas. These changes are definitely annoying at times, but they are only put in place to help better serve our students academically, behaviorally, and socially.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 27, 2008

I rate this school at 3.5. I have seen a big change in this school since last year school year. Not necessarily a negative change but a change in attitude from Teacher's towards students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

As a husband of a teacher, I have met socially with many faculty members and also have been introduced to many students. The caring attitudes of the faculty never fails to amaze me and these young men and ladies of Mastery Charter can feel it ,judging by the smiles on their faces.


Posted March 11, 2008

This school is ok but they care about giving themselves a better name than about students, some teachers just want their pay check, but others are nice. O and their grading system is a bunch of crap its unbalanced. Trust me im a student. l /
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2007

I think this is a good school. They do a great job of keeping track of your child's grades and assignments. Also if your child is late of absent they let you know the same day so there is no lag in the information channel to you about your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

You get what you put into it. This school send home progross report every two to three weeks. You will always know your child's grades and you can email the teacher and get a response the same day. You go in below grade level, come out college bound. My favorite part is that you must pass every class with a 76% or higher. My child never wants to be late or miss a day.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
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The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

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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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
66%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
45%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
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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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
7%

2010

 
 
6%

2009

 
 
5%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
85%
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

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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.

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 Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Black84%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female77%
Male66%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
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 Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female72%
Male71%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students37%
Female29%
Male48%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female85%
Male72%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
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 Students68%
Female69%
Male65%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female77%
Male63%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students10%
Female11%
Male8%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female96%
Male83%
Black90%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
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
Black 92% 15%
Hispanic 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
White 1% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 54%N/A49%
Male 46%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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35 South 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 922-1902

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