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Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School

About this school...

Points of pride:
National Blue Ribbon School, U.S. Department of Education, 2010; top-ranked school in Pennsylvania on PSSA; ranked 52nd among high schools in United States, U.S. News & World Report, 2014; nationally ranked chess team, 2011, 2013, 2014; Gates Millennium Scholars; extensive AP course offerings

AP courses:
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, French Language & Culture, Government & Politics, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History

Other special academic offerings:
Film

Foreign languages:
French, Spanish

Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association, School Advisory Council, classroom volunteer, afterschool volunteer

Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; jazz band; orchestra; theater instruction; school plays; visual arts instruction

Boys' sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics (coed), Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Girls' sports:
Basketball, Gymnastics (coed), Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

SEPTA routes:
2, 4, 16, 23, 33, 43, Broad Street subway

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Comments (47)

Submitted by Anonymous on September 29, 2011 3:44 pm

do you have to try out to get on the gymnastics team?

Submitted by Anonymous on February 20, 2013 6:00 pm
Nope
Submitted by Anonymous on October 11, 2011 5:24 pm

Yes

Submitted by Anonymous on October 11, 2011 5:15 pm

You do know well I goto masterman mosly only kids from the middle get in to high

Submitted by Anonymous on December 7, 2011 3:41 pm

I would like to know what the ratio is between how many kids apply and how many get accepted.

Submitted by Anonymous on September 15, 2012 2:00 pm

1419 people applier to Masterman. 110 spaces are available. 111 people are approved. 14% are approved. I hope that helps :)

Submitted by Anonymous on September 15, 2012 2:22 pm

I mean applied :)

Submitted by Anonymous on September 15, 2012 2:36 pm

1419 people applied to Masterman. 110 spaces are available. 111 people are approved. 14% are approved. I hope that helps :)

Submitted by Anonymous on February 20, 2013 6:47 pm
I go to masterman I hate it!
Submitted by Anonymous on April 5, 2013 12:25 am
Then you should leave and let someone else have your spot.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 18, 2014 3:00 pm

Or they shopuld improve the curriculum and teaching, instead of relying on high performing students to carry the reputation.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 22, 2013 8:31 pm
how is masterman
Submitted by Anonymous on July 27, 2014 12:46 pm


I had a friend who was the same age as me and went to masterman she is super smart it was not even funny! I think masterman might be a really good school i am gonna try it out just to see

 

Submitted by Anonymous on August 26, 2014 2:36 pm

I am currently a 11th grade student studying in india and my i am planning to shift to philadelphia next year and my grades are also good according to the USA point of view.......so i would like to ask that what are the documents i would require to get and admission in this school

Submitted by Anonymous on September 26, 2014 8:38 pm

Applications in the school district aren't starting until October 17th, so keep a look out on the school's webpage for it until then.
http://www.mastermanschool.org/pages/Masterman_Julia

Submitted by Anonymous on August 26, 2014 2:39 pm

I am currently a 11th grade student studying in india and my i am planning to shift to philadelphia next year and my grades are also good according to the USA point of view.......so i would like to ask that what are the documents i would require to get and admission in this school

Submitted by Anonymous on August 26, 2014 2:41 pm

I am currently a 11th grade student studying in india and my i am planning to shift to philadelphia next year and my grades are also good according to the USA point of view.......so i would like to ask that what are the documents i would require to get and admission in this school

Submitted by Anonymous on September 3, 2014 11:49 am

Masterman is a bought out school.. If your mother or father isn't rich your child isn't going .. I don't care how many A they get . My daughter is straight A student that is in higher grade for her age. But every year it's another excuse why she's not accepted.  

Submitted by Anonymous on November 15, 2014 9:44 pm

Really I o to masterman and I had all a and bs when I was accepted my mom is not that rich an my dad is broke. So who really knows ? I was accepted in 6th grade. An honestly I think masterman has more   Not rich kids than rich. Maybe your daughter doesn't have charctor?

Submitted by Anonymous on November 18, 2014 3:40 pm

Clearly you didn't get much from the school with grammar like that.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 18, 2014 6:31 pm


You must have skipped the English classes.

Submitted by Anonymous on December 6, 2014 2:50 pm
I am a single parent with two waitress jobs. We live in Tacony, in a rented home. I have no money. My son is a 7th grade student at Masterman and loves it. He has friends from Rittenhouse, he also has friends from Olney and North Philly. What do they all have in common? They are all extremely smart, charismatic great bunch of kids!
Submitted by Anonymous on June 24, 2015 6:13 pm

actually 31% of the students are economically disadvantaged.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 14, 2014 6:38 pm

When applying to Masterman are all of the marking periods grades looked at or just the final grades considered for acceptance? For instance I have mostly A's and a few B's for all marking periods for that past two years, but for this semester's first marking period I received a C for one of my honors class.  Will this go against me or keep me from being accepted if I keep the rest of my grades up to an A for the rest of this semester?

Submitted by Anonymous on November 15, 2014 9:14 pm

Yes, if you go to the middle school. No, if you don't . Sorry to burst your bubble try central.

Submitted by Anonymous on November 18, 2014 3:13 pm

You don't want to go to Masterman anyway.  The school is not all it is cracked up to be.  The teachers are no different than many other schools, the students are just exceptional.  They are a selective admissions school, which allows them to pick who they want to go there.

 

Submitted by Anonymous on December 2, 2014 10:43 pm

The students are just exceptional? I could obviously tell you did not matriculate in the school. I am an 8th grader taking Algebra 2, receiving 9th grade English and Social Study Courses, take Spanish 1, have a Physics and Chemistry course, all my classes are honors, and you say we are only exceptional. My PSSA percent tile has never been lower than a 99 percent tile and always distinguished honors in my report card. The teachers are great, not one single one of them has lower than a masters in there subject. This school is for the gifted, and only for the gifted. To get into the high school you must attend the middle school. Only the top 10% of the class get into the middle school. 

Submitted by Anonymous on January 8, 2015 11:08 am

My son also goes to the school, has since 5th grade.  I also work in Education and have discussed this topic with Classroom teachers, Principals, and Administrators, many of them agree.  The teachers do a pretty good job, but the fact that all the kids are exceptional, makes their job a whole lot easier.  Think of it this way.  If you have a student that already can read and perform well above grade level, wouldn't that be a whole lot easier than traching a group of students who are 2 grade levels behind.  I am giving credit to the students, presumably which you are one of, so I am not sure why you took such an aggressive tone?  Also, the fact that you are just rattling off academic acheivements does not impress me.  Do you ever go outstide?  Do you ever enjoy your childhood or do you constantly do homework?  How many hours of homework do you do each night?  It's a little ridiculous.  Watch "Waiting for Superman" and "The race to nowhere" then come back and talk to me.

Submitted by Anonymous on March 25, 2015 12:45 am

Exceptional (in this case) means unusally good or outstanding.  So all the gloating about your grades and classes was unncessary.

Submitted by Anonymous on April 15, 2015 5:16 pm

I am an 8th grade Masterman student going to Central or boarding school. Yea, masterman is great in academics and better than Central only because they stress the poor kids in Middle school to the point there unhappy. I am not lieing I sawn kids from happy 6th graders to depress "I dont care 8th graders". I suggest if you want a lonely disconnected high school experience go to masterman. They only have 1 scholarship probaly going to Alfredo. So money is all on you. I reccomend Central , it is more fun second in academically wise(only becuase they dont produce sucidal 8th graders).the graduating class earn 24 million dollars . Central is more big diverse and good in athlectics(very important if you wakt to got to college since colleges want to build sports team, compared to Masterman which sucks.) All Masterman kids/other kids thinking about goong to the high school dont because you will regret try Central or CAPA or SLA.CeNtral class 2019 woo!

Submitted by Anonymous on April 24, 2015 1:17 pm

yea I go to masterman and they accpeted me but i am goign to central

Submitted by Anonymous on June 5, 2015 8:54 pm

You seem like an intelligent individual. However, I wouldn't go throwing around the word gifted. I'm sure Mastermen is full of great students, but not everyone is gifted. Not to burst your bubble, but taking Algebra 2 and Spanish 1 in 8th grade doesn't exactly make you gifted. I understand that some students choose to move through math courses at more rapid speeds than others and that doesn't necessarily make them more intelligent. For example, a student could take AP Calculus as a junior while another takes it as a freshmen. The freshmen may be ahead simply because he put in the summer hours and has less extracurriculars. My point being, you're not Einstein because you're taking Algebra 2 in 8th grade. 

Submitted by Anonymous on December 2, 2014 10:28 pm

Oh and also, you are required to take the A

gebra Keystones in 7th grade which I succesfully received a 99 percent tile on that too. 

Submitted by Anonymous on March 25, 2015 12:35 am

And why would anyone care?

Submitted by Anonymous on January 7, 2015 2:36 pm

Hello All, 

 

I am a perspective parent of Masterman. My daughter is currently in the third grade and I am looking forward to applying to the school when she's in fourth. What academic year grades do they look at and what are some things that I should do with her at present time to prepare for admissions. I looked on the website and saw that most of the children who attend Mastermant go to magnet schools in the philadelphia area, I tried to enroll her but our address isn't in the schools catchment. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards.

Submitted by Anonymous on January 15, 2015 6:50 pm

88th percentile or above on the 3rd grade PSSAs and A's and B's (or all A's) on the report card. Masterman is for students who live in Philadelphia(, although I heard that students from outside of the city can attend if they pay tuition?). I go to Masterman and I came from a public neighborhood school in Philadelphia. 

Submitted by Anonymous on February 8, 2015 4:12 pm

 

must you learn Spanish or French to get into masterman

Submitted by Anonymous on February 13, 2015 10:46 am


what! I don't wanna learn French. I want to learn germeny to work with germen engnieers.

 

Submitted by Anonymous on April 15, 2015 5:08 pm

Go to Central.

Submitted by Anonymous on March 21, 2015 7:11 am
I'm a 8th grade student from Ben Franklin elementary school . . I'm a As and B and one c student but my PSSA not really that good its always basic or below. Are they gonna accept me ?? And also my behavior are good I don't get into fights or disrespect teacher .
Submitted by Anonymous on April 24, 2015 1:14 pm

Unfortunally No, Masterman accepts straight A's and maybe some B's and 90th percent tile on PSSA's. They changed from 88 to 90

Submitted by Anonymous on April 10, 2015 3:50 pm

When is the best year to apply for Masterman high school?

 

 

Submitted by Anonymous on April 24, 2015 1:02 pm

Need to apply in 4th grade, go to the middle school THEN you'll have a chance to come to the High School

Submitted by Anonymous on June 24, 2015 8:24 pm

I go to high school at Masterman, and it is very different than what most of your perceptions. First off, in high school Masterman is a much more friendly community, as a large percent of students have left, and you know about 90% of your classmates very well from previous years. Honestly, the workload increases immensely from 8th grade, but you adapt to it. The problem with Masterman, however, is that while the kids are motivated, most of the teachers do not have the resources to push them further. Masterman lacks so many clubs because the teachers already have too great of a worload on them. It offers significantly fewer APs than other schools. However, don't get me wrong; the teachers are amazing. The difference between Masterman and other schools like Central is that in Masterman you will learn whether you like it or not, and you will be kept focused on your studies through competition with your gifted peers. In Central, you will have greater opportunities, but a less motivated class. However, if you are extremely focused you can achieve great things at Central, perhaps even more than in Masterman. But it's easy to fall off this track there. Masterman is a great school, but it definitely has room for improvement.acc

Submitted by Anonymous on June 24, 2015 8:24 pm

I go to high school at Masterman, and it is very different than what most of your perceptions. First off, in high school Masterman is a much more friendly community, as a large percent of students have left, and you know about 90% of your classmates very well from previous years. Honestly, the workload increases immensely from 8th grade, but you adapt to it. The problem with Masterman, however, is that while the kids are motivated, most of the teachers do not have the resources to push them further. Masterman lacks so many clubs because the teachers already have too great of a worload on them. It offers significantly fewer APs than other schools. However, don't get me wrong; the teachers are amazing. The difference between Masterman and other schools like Central is that in Masterman you will learn whether you like it or not, and you will be kept focused on your studies through competition with your gifted peers. In Central, you will have greater opportunities, but a less motivated class. However, if you are extremely focused you can achieve great things at Central, perhaps even more than in Masterman. But it's easy to fall off this track there. Masterman is a great school, but it definitely has room for improvement.acc

Submitted by Anonymous on July 9, 2015 12:48 am
I am an A and B student. For a a few years in a row I got straight A's every quarter. I am in the Mentally Gifted Program. In third grade I was recommended by my 3rd grade teacher to get a scholarship from Villanova and Princeton to attend a program in the summer. I was class president of my class, a safety leader, and also a helper on the student council. I'm going to 8th grade and I attend Hill- Freedman World Academy. If I were to apply to Masterman for high school, what's the chance of me getting in?
Submitted by Anonymous on July 9, 2015 12:05 am
Also, my PSSA scores are mostly Advanced. I've only had proficient twice in years of education.

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