In 2013, we invested $3.5 million in Mastery Charter Schools to support the growth of five turnaround schools, including Pickett, a middle and high school in Germantown. Since it opened as a Mastery turnaround school in 2007, Pickett has increased student proficiency by 51 points in math and 33 points in reading. In Fall 2013, it added a 6th grade to serve 140 more students.

School Model

Pickett 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.

Students and Community

Pickett serves the Germantown neighborhood and has an average waiting list of 250 students. At the time of the grant, the school’s student population was 100 percent minority and 84 percent economically disadvantaged, and 15 percent of students received special education services.

Why We Invested

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.

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