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About This School

Mastery CS - Thomas Campus is a charter high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Mastery CS - Thomas Campus is Mr Scott Gordon. 609 children attend Mastery CS - Thomas Campus and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 72% of the 609 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Mastery CS - Thomas Campus is 14:1. South Philadelphia High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 67% 72%
Hispanic 5% 3%
Asian 13% %
White, non-Hispanic 13% 12%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 11%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

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

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very please and how mastery charater the thompson campus help my son. His reading and math improve so much and he just started in September of 2012.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son attends Mastery Thomas Campus. I happened upon this school because I was deeply disappointed in the Catholic school that my son was attending. He is extremely bright but he had lost his spark and desire to learn. He hated going to school. Mastery expects the student to "buy" into the program. That is a requirement if you are going to succeed there. In addition it is college prep- which I support totally. The only change I would request is that foreign language be offered from the beginning. Our children need other languages if they are expected to compete in the world. The teachers are awesome and problems are addressed immediately. Students are held accountable-as well as parents. The bottom line is that we have to invest in our children and in our schools. Mastery does that. I highly recommend this school. Tutoring office hours extra credit mentoring are all a part of the success of this school. Also zero tolerance for bullying negativaty and violent or disrepectful behavior.

  • (3 years ago)

    my oldest child attends this school and she is doing great. For a child who was always behind in reading she is always in a book. Her grades are always in the 90's and all she talks about is going to college. She is now in the eleventh grade and has had perfect attendance and never late since kindergarten. I like the demerit system because it keeps them in check and makes them more responsible. You can call and talk to the teachers and the Deans they will take care and handle any problems. I also went and sat in my childs class and participated in class and when I walked in the principal was in there also. So he is involved with the students and not just sitting in his office giving orders. There is really nothing bad that I can say about this school and am looking forward to sending my 6th grader their next year. You have to be a parent first before you just try to degrade a school. It starts at home for every child and school.

  • (3 years ago)

    this school was too easy for me and needs more diversity. although strictness is good sometimes can be bad. Surely this school does not beat out Girls High or Central.. but staff are very nice and supportive. I am an IB student now and i believe mastery should consider the IB program to make it more challenging so students can succeed in the future.

  • (3 years ago)

    i go to thomas campus in south philly and i love it cuz the teachers r sooooo awsome and funny especially the literature and reading teachers of 7th grade !!!!!!!!!! every body there cares for each other and i never felt so at home anywhere else

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attends Mastery Charter -Thomas Campus. She is a distinguished honors student but she was not when she first started. I believe the saturday classes and the extra hours after the normal school hours has helped her tremendously. Thanks to Mastery and there wonderful teachers (who are of different races) colleges are requesting to meet with my child and she was only in the 9th grade. It takes more than the school working with the child we as parents have to do our part as well. If your child has discipline issues then its your job as the parent to address those issues not the school. I send my child to school to be taught not wait for the teacher to correct another childs behavior. Mastery has an excellent academic and conduct policy. Great school the teachers really care...And that makes the difference!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter goes to Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus and the school has does wonder for her I am considering moving to South Philadelphia but regret that I will be leaving behind Mastery charter. I think the school has done a great job in all circumstances. I think todays youth need that extra push because sometimes they dont get that at home. Keep up the Good Work Mastery.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school. The school climate has proven to be a perfect match for my child. Keep up the good work Mastery!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers at the Thomas Campus are great. The curriculum is far too fast paced. The amount of daily homework is unreasonable and leads me to believe that it is far more than a review of the days learning. The fact that homework is 25% of a student s grade also supports this belief. The leadership of the entire Mastery seems more concerned that the rules of their school are strictly observed then addressing the concerns of students. Leadership also has an extremely conformist attitudes individually is strongly discouraged. They say they are preparing the children for college. While I will agree that they are preparing them for the academic part of college they are certainly failing when it come to the freedoms of expression that also exists on campuses .

  • (4 years ago)

    Mastery is a 5 star academic school. The academic rates are awesome. Yes we don't have a large variety of extra-curriculums but we've an awesome education on our hands. We've have say in this school but it depends on the way we address things. The fact that we have a lot of white teachers shouldnt matter. Mastery doesn't choose teachers based on their race but instead they choose based on the teachers quality and the students feedback on the teacher. Therefore race is not a big issue. If their were quality black teachers searching for a job at Mastery I'm sure they'd get hired. I've ssen it happen before ! Doesn't it make sense to group the kids in classes based on their academic levels? Why would you have an AP bound student in the same class as a student who can't grasp on to hard concepts?

  • (4 years ago)

    Mastery is just fine the way it is It's transforming these schools into great things. This school is transforming the way us students look at life. It's helping us create a better future for ourselves. Parents and students constantly complain about the strictness and the systems of Mastery. Mastery is Mastery because of the way they run things. Mastery is worshipped and adored by many people. They see the transformations occuring and they see the effect Mastery has on schools and students. The strictness and the school systems is what makes Mastery standout. We standout the most academic wise. ! I Love My School So Very Much !

  • (4 years ago)

    Everybody thinks Mastery is a great school system but what they are doing does not take rocket science. They have no activities for the students the students have no voice it is basically whatever they say goes. The teachers are 95% white but their student population is primarily black and if you are not a parent that is a bit involved they will do whatever they want to your child. They make the students purchase their novels and give them demerits if they don't I am not saying parents should not play their part but you definitly could not do that in your typical public school. Everyone think they are so successful because they have the answer they do some things well but give all of our public schools in the city the same playing field regarding uniform policy Saturady school fighting disrespect etc. and watch all our students succeed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mastery Charter Schools turn out to be disappointing. It's a step up from the public schools but it stops there. You can't compare the two--if you don't perform well enough (if you're a behavior problem for example) you'll get sent right back to Philly's public school system. Besides that the type of parents who sign up for Mastery are already at least minimally involved in their child's education so already you have above-average students between those two factors! Other than that they group homogeneously so students with low abilities will only ever interact with other students of low abilities and vice-versa. Borderline scripted lessons (first 20 minutes no questions allowed next 10 ask questions final 30 work independently) are the norm here. Teachers come and go like it's nobody's business. Firings and mysterious quittings add to the stress of the school environment. Don't get too excited about Mastery Charter Schools!

  • (4 years ago)

    My child goes to this school amd it is the best in the Philadelphia region. The teachers are nice and they get the job done they teach the children new things that they never knew. The princepal walks around goes from class to class and he is really nice. The school is just absolutly wonderful i HIGHLY recomend it for your child.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is actually a great school. With all of the policies and rules to follow i thought i wouldnt like it but when i experienced the fun and love that me and my peers share with each other you grow to appreciate Mastery Charter Thomas Campus!! I Love My School!

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