School Details

Mastery Charter High School

35 South 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1902
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-12 519 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

84%
80%
71%
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
  • Mastery Charter High School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
76%
72%
80%
37%
60%
79%
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
  • Mastery Charter High School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
60%
72%
68%
10%
42%
91%
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
  • Mastery Charter High School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mastery Charter High School is a charter high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Mastery Charter High School is Mr Scott Gordon. 519 children attend Mastery Charter High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 72% of the 519 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mastery Charter High School is 15:1. Arise Academy Charter High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 91% 94%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 0.9%
Multiracial 1.0% %
White, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Asian 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (5 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    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

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is awsom and gets you ready for college a true college bound school

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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!

  • (6 years ago)

    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.....

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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 /

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

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