School Details

Mast Community Charter School

1800 East Byberry Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19116
(267) 348-1100
8

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-12 1322 students 17 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

99%
80%
87%
74%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Mast Community Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
83%
85%
72%
92%
82%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Mast Community Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
73%
73%
65%
76%
64%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Mast Community Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
77%
81%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Mast Community Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
80%
84%
76%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Mast Community Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
76%
88%
80%
68%
60%
80%
73%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Mast Community Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
60%
86%
68%
64%
42%
93%
83%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

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 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Mast Community Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mast Community Charter School is a charter high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Mast Community Charter School is Mr. John F. Swoyer III and can be contacted at jswoyer@mastccs.org. 1,322 children attend Mast Community Charter School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 34% of the 1,322 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mast Community Charter School is 17:1. Washington George High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 72% 74%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 9%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This is an exceptional school... 5 000 + on the waiting list is the proof. Teachers are top notch technology is the best of the best. This isn't an ordinary school with books and blackboards. It's IPads and Smart Boards. The best of the best.

  • (1 year ago)

    MaST is a great school for my 4 children. The staff is friendly and quick to discuss the students progress with parents and to answer any questions. We have been very happy with the quality of education our children are receiving and look forward to a bright future for our children!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school. My daughter attended MaST from grades 7 through 12. She was very well prepared for college and is holding down close to a 4.0 GPA. In addition to general academics the school also provides courses in electronic media and computer studies/certifications. The astronomy tower/telescope is awesome. The new building wing that recently opened will have an e-book lending library and individual study stations. Admission is via application and an annual open lottery system.

  • (3 years ago)

    The BEST school in the state of Pennsylvania! I have two children attending MaST and they (and I) could not be happier!

  • (3 years ago)

    Being a student at this school for ten years I believe this school is one of the best schools in the country if not the best!

  • (3 years ago)

    MaST provides an excellent learning environment for my children. Every teacher is dedicated to their students' success. Our family has been a part of the MaST family for well over 10 years now & we couldn't be happier!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have been with this school for the last 7 years with the luck of the lottery and we could not be happier with this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    A very tightly woven net of learning. The teachers pay very close attention to their students because there are only about 20 students per class. I am an alumni from the school and though I may not be a parent yet I will definitely send my children here (if I still live in Philadelphia that is)

  • (4 years ago)

    the kids like going to school and the parents know it is a great place for their kids to learn and grow. Its great to work at MaST too

  • (4 years ago)

    Just finished K-8th. Now moving into HS. So far really great!!! Extra-cirriculars only so/so but that's to be expected in a Charter program. For HS athletics..if Mast dosen't offer what you're looking for your child can play for your local public HS. Academics have been fairly strong. I am blessed with a good student but ALL of the teachers are caring! If you get in...STAY. It's top notch! Will post again in Jr. year ;)

  • (5 years ago)

    This is where parents want to send their children to obtain the education they want their children to have. This school will enable you child to learn and grow all while utilizing the technology that is available to them. You will not be disappointed. Friendliness virtue and guidance is abundant here.

  • (5 years ago)

    MAST has is giving my Grandchildren a wonderful education. They have wonderful extra curriclum activities and there is a mix of multi-cultural students who get along. Very well. I love their drama and music departments. Three of my Grandchildren attend this school. One will graduate in June 2010. I am very proud of them and this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is one of the best organizations in the entire US! Besides the aspects that are expected of a excellent organization the gem in the crown in the 'can-do!' attitude that reaches from the most senior administrator all the way to the youngest student & family. At MaST Community Charter School every issue small or big is given loving & professional attention. The faculty lead by example modelling realistic behavior & positive values; families find life-long friendships beyond their natural communities - and most importantly graduating students are prepared to be productive and happy adults. As the saying goes 'The proof is in the pudding'...

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a former student I recently left due to a move. I loved going to MaST I had been there since the fifth grade. Every single year I had been there I'd title 'The Best Year of My Life' just because of the fun I had. The teachers are so easy to get along with the students are well mingled and as a student you would be reasonably challenged by the homework. The only one thing I could complain about would be the cafeteria selections but then again there are many other schools that have the same problem.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a former student graduated 2008. I always thought that I would leave MaST and go to another school because they were so strict and I couldn't take it anymore. Boy was I wrong; MaST showed me that the education I received is going to pay well in the future and it has. I am very grateful and very privileged to have attended this school. The teachers are amazing and caring and will work one on one but you NEED to ask and let it be known you need help or you will never be able to have the full gratification they can offer.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school since the first year of its opening. I was in the 6th grade which at the time was the youngest generation of the school. Yet somewhere along this crazy timeline the school pulled through and so did we the students. The teachers watched as their beloved 6th graders grew up into responsible graduates. I used to think I couldn't wait to get out of that school but in retrospect I really do miss it. Because it is small close knit school I had the feeling of belonging and security. Most of us that started at this school graduated with each other because we grew so close over the years. I really do think MaST is a great school and it will continue to shine time and time again.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is an incredible school and we are privileged to belong. My children are getting an education that cannot be provided elsewhere in Philadelphia! They have been given educational and social opportunities that are usually never offered to city kids public or parochial. Academically Outstanding! MaST offers a major emphasis on family community culture and pride as well as teaching math science and technology to children in K through til they graduate! As a parent who could ask for more! As a student MaST offers a safe environment friendships and an educational opportunity you could not pay for. The teacher's administrative staff and Parent Council go above and beyond everyday! From the plays to PSSA's our school is the best!

  • (6 years ago)

    Amazing! Brilliant school. Has great extracurricular activities. M-A-S-T ON TO VICTORY!

  • (7 years ago)

    MaST Community Charter School is one of the bestest charter schools in the nation. It's really an amazing school with many extra-curricular activities Basketball Volleyball Baseball Drama Club Astronomy Club and many more. Trust me I go there. It is the best school to send your child to.

  • (7 years ago)

    Mast is an amazing school. I have had the opportunity to have had to children graduate from this school. The teachers are wonderful and are involved with students. Parents should take responsibltly fortheir kids and be involved in what they do and stop blaming the teachers and the school adminastrators. My Daughter took AP courses and is now in college less credits to pay for. Thank you Mast. What a wonderful school. Keep up the good work for the younger kids of tomorrow.

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