The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School
About this school...
To provide a quality education to students and to graduate students who are prepared to enter college, vocational training, and today’s workforce. We offer an advanced curriculum, a class size of 20 students, and a highly qualified team of certified teachers.
PIAA Class A Boys Varsity Basketball State finalists, 2014, and PIAA Class A State champions, 2011; 1st-place team, individual winners in DeVry University Math Elite Competition, 2013; 1st-place team, Pennsylvania Stock Market Game; several certificates received for mock trial participation
Points of pride: 100% graduation rate; high rate for the 12 years since first graduating class in 2003; yearly, nearly all graduates attend college or vocational training; over $1 million in scholarships awarded to graduates; for three consecutive years, a graduate has received the Gates Millennium Scholarship; students feed 500 homeless residents weekly; students and staff raise $800-$1,000 a week to fund the Homeless Project and donate $1 per week (money used to supply over 100 toiletry bags)
Career & Technical Education programs:
Accounting Technology/Technician & Bookkeeping; Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications; Computer Technology; Criminal Justice; Medical, Education and Law Academies†
Measures for positive, safe learning:
Security staff is posted throughout the building, including female bathroom monitors. Rules are posted in every classroom. Teachers greet students at their doors. Teachers and security supervise during lunch. Surveillance cameras are located throughout the building. Security staff is posted outside and in the subway during dismissal time. We have zero tolerance for misbehavior.
Parent committee; board of trustees; Back to School Night, report card conferences, annual parent conferences; Veronica Joyner Scholarship Fund Luncheon; Homeless Project; Christmas canned-food drive and Thanksgiving baskets; chaperone on school trips
Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; drill team; school play or musical(s); dance instruction
Activities & special programs:
Public speaking club; sewing club; chess club; jewelry-making club; puzzle club; computer club; yearbook club; mock trial; cheerleading club; spelling bee competitions; math club; Spanish club; SAT prep; Homeless Project; before-school and afterschool program; tutoring
2, 4, 16, 23, 43, 61, Broad Street subway