In 2013, we invested $3.5 million in Mastery Charter Schools to support the growth of five turnaround schools, including Thomas, a middle and high school in South Philadelphia. The previously struggling school now sends 80 percent of its graduates to college and is ranked as one of the top schools in the state. In fall 2013, it opened an elementary school that will serve 650 students in a neighborhood of South Philadelphia.
Thomas 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.
Thomas serves a neighborhood in South Philadelphia and is Mastery’s most diverse student body in terms of socioeconomic status and race. The middle and high school’s student population is 65 percent minority and 95 percent economically disadvantaged, and 18 percent of students receive special education services.
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