In 2011, we invested $1.5 million in Mastery Charter Schools to support the transformation of three struggling schools, including Hardy Williams Academy Charter School. In the last two years, the school has significantly increased the number of students reading and doing math on grade level and made strong progress toward closing the achievement gap. In 2013, we invested in the growth of the K-8 school to add a high school that will serve 350 students.
Hardy Williams is part of Mastery’s highly successful network of 11 schools collectively serving over 11,000 students, including 7,500 students enrolled in “turnaround” schools. Mastery transforms struggling schools by providing strong support and feedback for teachers and staff, using proven instructional practices, and offering students a college-preparatory education.
Hardy Williams serves the Kingsessing neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia. The school’s student population is 99 percent minority and 80 percent economically disadvantaged.
Since 2010, Mastery has assumed management of six struggling neighborhood schools through the District’s Renaissance Initiative and achieved significant gains in student academic achievement at each school. Most importantly, Mastery students graduate (86 percent in 2012), go to college (74 percent in 2012), and gain the supports and skills necessary to ensure they are successful after school.
Learn more at www.masterycharter.org